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Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
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  1.  

    Former intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the best organization in the world, Feeling great about what you do, making an impact, Paid Internship, Working with a lot of very smart and driven people, a lot of pros.

    Cons

    Short term internship, my supervisor at the time wouldn't really hear out my ideas. That person no longer works there however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you all are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Paramedical volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Effective, grass-roots, field-driven organization capable of responding efficiently to the needs of vulnerable populations. Opportunity to work with and serve diverse people. Chance to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Gaps between missions can be difficult financially. Not easy to have this job with a family, due to safety concerns and limited number of posts where both partners can work. Salary is small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without my family to live with in between missions, it would not have been financially feasible to have this job. Consider paying employees some salary in between missions. Consider making greater provisions for medical needs when in the field (i.e., paying for a flight home if specific medical care not available during the mission in the country of service.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Fantastic, mission-driven organization...in the midst of an identity crisis

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best benefits I'll likely ever have- top-notch health insurance paid 100% by the organization, generous vacation time (which they encourage you to take), inclusive and non-hierarchical management style- staff have a voice. Open board meetings Important, life-saving work.

    Cons

    As the organization has grown, MSF is having growing pains. Organization leadership still want to act like the organization is a scrappy, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation, but in reality MSF is now a billion dollar global movement. Senior management and leadership want to spend lots of time in the field, frequently leaving the office with a management vacuum, which makes doing anything beyond day-to-day operations difficult. The organization is hesitant to invest in additional staff, leaving some departments over taxed. They are also resistant to professionalization or outside input... and try to internally take on projects where they have zero experience, resulting in lackluster outcomes.The organization also does tons of internal assessment and debate... which can be interesting, but often drags out planning and decision making forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership needs to be in the office as much as possible. Investment in staffing are really critical at this point. And just because someone has worked at another MSF OC or in the field does not make them the best candidate for a job in the US office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership excellent and office culture is great

    Cons

    I have no issues working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing great job

    Recommends
  6.  

    MSF

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières

    Pros

    People
    Values
    WorkLife Balance
    Able to see the world
    Democratic

    Cons

    normal cons of an associative movement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue fighting!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Your work/contribution leads to Action that leads to results!!

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Nhlangano (Swaziland)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Nhlangano (Swaziland)

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked for MSF-OCG for 3 years. You get to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and can share and learn a lot from each other- This happens mostly with National Staff, expat staff are mostly not too conversant.

    Cons

    Lack of Transparency in the way they treat some employees. Appreciation of your work is something not given, well only until you leave. Most Expats will not even bother to get to know you or interact with you unless you are introduced in a meeting and they then have that ahhh, so this person is important to the mission too and then start wanting to be friendly (that's not cool). There is a hint of racism on occassion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Transparent, communicate with your staff especially if grievances are raised. And appreciate people for the work they do openly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    very satisfactory for the out come of the interventions,

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    Current Employee - Head of Mission in Aleppo (Syria)
    Current Employee - Head of Mission in Aleppo (Syria)

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières part-time

    Pros

    humanitarian work, supporting people in need.

    Cons

    poor HR and administration management, not clear no system. its very bad in comparison with the great humanitarian objectives of the organization

    Recommends
  9.  

    Could do with some improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time

    Pros

    Good medical cover
    Fair remuneration
    Exposure to people from diverse backgrounds and countries
    Friendly national staff

    Cons

    Not much room for growth/promotion.
    Most managerial positions reserved for expatriate staff even when qualified national staff are available.
    High turnover of expatriate staff necessitating repeated readjustment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve national staff in decision making
    Provide leadership and not just management
    Allow for growth of national staff and build capacity in them

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time

    Pros

    Stress management and available training.

    Cons

    Quality of Human resources and International Recruitment. Strategic decisions based on HQ nepotism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Wunderschön!

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    Current Employee - Senior Biomedical Researcher in Curitiba (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior Biomedical Researcher in Curitiba (Brazil)

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great environment and challenging actions on a daily basis (but good ones!!) !!

    Cons

    Total lack of Administration Knowledge!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to Business and Administration School and LEARN!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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