John Snow, Inc Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not a lot of bureaucracy – it’s not created for the sake of having bureaucracy as in many other organizations, but only when absolutely needed for achieving the goals and for protecting the company. The structure is flat, management is reachable at any level. Interesting thing – the offices are assigned based on the years with the organization and not on title. Company is very supportive of its employees and allows for a good balance between work and life. Some of the benefits are really great in comparison to other similar organizations. I think all these things help to retain truly wonderful staff.

    Cons

    Lack of bureaucracy can also mean that at times there is no clear guidance on how do certain things, so the “wheel” is reinvented again and again. This can be difficult for employees who are not “self-starters”.
    The IT department is headed by an “old-timer” and it often feels that the organization is not up to speed with all the modern inventions that make work more efficient and productive.

    Advice to Management

    Would be nice to see a clear plan for the future and have more organization-wide meetings to promote better relations between different offices.

  2. Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, many interesting projects, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management, limited systems across company

  3. Hard-working, dedicated crew of interesting, smart individuals. Flat organization for self-starters.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    Some teams are very collaborative. Possibilities for growth exist on certain pathways, you just have to be willing to find them. Generally a friendly, supportive place without a lot of office drama.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to advance.

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  5. Great mission; great bennies

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated public health professionals who want to make change in the world. Has a global and domestic portfolio, relatively diverse portfolio of projects. You can do some amazing things out there.

    Corporate culture is ridiculously supportive of its employees, with fantastic benefits. Relatively "flat" structure so things are somewhat informal and organic.

    Cons

    The flat structure can result in a lack of structure/consistency across projects. They rely heavily on the federal government for their work, so their portfolio isn't very diverse. If something went terribly wrong, you have no cover from other projects that can absorb you. There is a bit of favoritism with staff, with people who have an "in" easily moving from one project to the next, while others may have a harder time doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a transition plan and be transparent about who will lead the company once Joel decides to retire. Help remedy the rift between Washington and Boston, particularly when it comes to business development and financial/administrative work.

  6. Great and supportive place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Snow, Inc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    passionate people, fascinating work, supportive environment

    Cons

    siloed teams, experience depends on your manager

  7. Great work environment and good people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    Interesting work, mission driven people, beautiful office, many different projects

    Cons

    Little room for advancement because there is no hierarchy within the org

  8. Helpful (3)

    poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - this is a nice place for entry level people, who are often given opportunities and tasks far above what might be given to them in a comparable organization.

    Cons

    - minimal to no organizational strategy. The senior management are out of touch, and make decisions capriciously and in secret.
    - nepotisim (people promoted based on longevity, and not talent or abilities)
    - horisontal structure well touted, but equates to no oversight of work products or quality. There is little incentive for this as incompetent people thrive in this environment with no oversight.
    - no recourse for the above - senior management squashes and dissent

    Advice to Management

    time to change, before it is too late.

  9. Great place to develop self, contribute to society, strengthen families and communities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If your idea or passion is aligned with their vision and mission, you have the space to develop it to its fullest.

    Cons

    Not for those individuals that need structure in order to perform.

  10. Summer Internship in DC

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in Rosslyn, VA

    I worked at John Snow, Inc as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to work on actual projects and wasn't given minute jobs. The company is set up to have a free flow of ideas and help from one another. There didn't seem to be a strict hierarchy, even with the top managers.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed working for the company, and I do not have anything negative to say about JSI

  11. wonderful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    passionate, dedicated, intelligent people who are about the work they do
    great location in Boston, and other office in US
    they really do care about their employees. great flexibility and benefits.

    Cons

    it's all about the work and the people, but not a lot is done to celebrate and sometimes moral can seem to be low. Sometimes everyone is so focused on the task at hand they may not be aware of what is going on elsewhere in the company.

    Advice to Management

    more activities to bring people together

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