Médecins Sans Frontières Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. fantastic company

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Arvada, CO
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Arvada, CO

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    very friendly working environment and everyone is committed to goals of the organisation

    Cons

    as a charity it is not always possible to receive a good salary


  2. Great environment, great cause.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you like the NGO/humanitarian life, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Slow improvement, chances of climbing up the ladder are very slim.


  3. Communications Officer

    Current Employee - Communications Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing mission, incredible people, interesting work

    Cons

    emergency organization means it's a high stress environment best suited for people with extremely flexible lives and few family responsibilities


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  5. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.)


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Committed teams, flat hierarchy, opportunities to grow, strong ethics. Enjoyable and positive work albeit demanding and stressful

    Cons

    Heavy workload, stressful, internal focused, work requires extreme flexibility


  8. Good employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    the organisation has great values

    Cons

    limited technical learning opportunities at work


  9. MSF

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People Values WorkLife Balance Able to see the world Democratic

    Cons

    normal cons of an associative movement

    Advice to Management

    continue fighting!


  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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



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