Médecins Sans Frontières

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Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Paramedical volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great open minded people and an environment that encourages curiosity

    Cons

    Not all managers knew to manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    it was an awesome experience

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    Former Employee - Project Medical Coordinator  in  Lashio (Burma)
    Former Employee - Project Medical Coordinator in Lashio (Burma)

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Since 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 ManagementAdvice

    Shoud think about psychological problems of staff from field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alienated and poorly treated.

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    Former Employee - Administration  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    None. They wouldn't take it anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work but could be better

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières

    Pros

    Team spirit of the Team

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend

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