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Updated Jul 20, 2014

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    Paramedical volunteer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEffective, 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.

    ConsGaps 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 Senior ManagementWithout 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.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBest 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.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementSenior 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    very satisfactory for the out come of the interventions,

    Head of Mission (Current Employee) Aleppo (Syria)

    Proshumanitarian work, supporting people in need.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wunderschön!

    Senior Biomedical Researcher (Current Employee) Curitiba (Brazil)

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

    ConsTotal lack of Administration Knowledge!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to Business and Administration School and LEARN!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat open minded people and an environment that encourages curiosity

    ConsNot all managers knew to manage.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    it was an awesome experience

    Project Medical Coordinator (Former Employee) Lashio (Burma)

    ProsI was able to have contact with community on first hand account. It has strong organizational culture and meaningful values and objectives. It has great reputation in the field of medical and humanitarian field all over the world.

    ConsSince the position of the careers are volunteer, there were not much professional tranings for local staff. Sometimes, it could be very stressful and could have impact on the psychological status of its own staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShoud think about psychological problems of staff from field.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Alienated and poorly treated.

    Administration (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsYou get to say you worked for a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    ConsThey want you to work, but they certainly don't want your input or opinion.

    You are seen as NOT adding value if you haven't been on a mission, even if your job does not require you to travel to the field.

    Management is extremely poor. One hand does not know what the other is doing.

    Lots of animosity, downright cruelty to colleagues and management alike.

    HR is pretty useless. Too young and inexperienced to be effective, and mostly manipulates and gossips about the employees.

    Employees are bullied and treated poorly.

    The operate like a tiny business, are fearful of change, and micro-manage to maintain control. It's a massive multi-million (if not more) org, and they refuse to open eyes and minds enough to grow.

    High turnover. No training. Zero professionalism whatsoever.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. They wouldn't take it anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work but could be better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTeam spirit of the Team

    ConsPoor pay
    Poor leadership
    Hardly any arena for growth in your field. No trainings

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job satisfaction, mediocre HR management, exploitative salaries

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMSF delivers high quality humanitarian aid of any organisation. Unlike other aid organisations, one can feel immensely proud and satisfied at the end of every day that you've participated in doing good for other people. It's an amazing, unique and life-changing opportunity.

    ConsTheir human resources management is disorganised and at times not very respectful of the people that work for them. They have a tendency to treat expat workers like inanimate assets rather than people. While their focus on program quality is fundamental to their identity, they often do at the price of their expat staff who receive low salaries, no job security, no long-term benefits as part of their compensation and at times are subjected to some terrible field management. As a result, retention is a problem because even for those like myself that would like to stay with the organisation, tend to move on for either financial reasons or just because they are tired of being treated like property.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Reminds you of your priorities in life

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing international experience where you KNOW you're doing good and helping people in need.

    ConsThey are not always as organized as they could be. Communication tends to be hierarchically shared. Not everyone knows all they should know when they should know it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect people on their first mission and learn to communicate better! Everyone would be happier and a happy team works better together!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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