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Marie Stopes International Reviews

Updated June 2, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014
9 Reviews

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    Impressive mission and passion, lacking systems and rigorous evaluation of effectiveness

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    Pros

    MSI has a very specific niche in the reproductive health field. Their track record in terms of the provision of services is unparalleled. The geographic scope (where they work) is amazing and the staff are generally deeply committed to the organizational mission. Oversight to ensure that the quality of the services provided are up to standard is excellent

    Cons

    MSI London still has a lot of work to do in terms of orchestrating activities in the field. Each field office as a great deal of autonomy, which is good. Although managing the finances and personnel continues to be a serious challenge. The organization also attempts to take on too many new programmatic activities, accepting funding for areas that are outside of their field of expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the areas of strength (delivery of clinical sexual and reproductive health services). Tighten up financial controls and management systems to make sure that the quality standards are meet in all of the country programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked for MSS Pakistan - learnt a lot!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The project I was working on required interacting with very skilled qualified people from MSS London. I loved the capacity building.

    Cons

    Some managers do not have the qualifications to do their job well. Some are so insecure about their jobs they suppress talent in their own departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with the right degrees who believe in investing and building talent, and not threatened by it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    quiet pleasant but little pay

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    Pros

    friendly environment and cultural sensitive

    Cons

    hostile working environment in South Sudan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Fast-growing organisation with big ambitions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's an exciting place to work, with big ambitions and plans for the future. The pay is pretty good for the sector and on the whole the people are a good, fun bunch.

    As there's plenty of growth, there's also plenty of opportunity for career progression and to broaden out skills. There's also great opportunity to work across different countries and regions, which has been a big plus for me.

    There's a big focus on delivering results and value for money, which I've found very inspiring, along with a collectively strong focus on the mission.

    Cons

    The organisation has grown rapidly over the last few years and some of the systems and processes haven't always kept pace with the growth, which can lead to frustrations - the IT system in particular needs some investment but that seems to be happening now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in systems!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    London MSI - Shambolic, over funded and wasteful - will turn you off the charity sector for good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are a few good things at MSI London;

    - Afford themselves very nice offices in SoHo..not bad for a "charity"
    - As per other reviews they have developed themselves within a niche but global market which means your work remains interesting in geopolitical terms
    - There is also therefore plenty of chances to travel (in fact MSI staff fly around the world all the time - whether it is necessary or not, I witnessed director regularly meeting in Dubai to discuss spreadsheets?!?!)
    - Career progression - MSI are very good at projecting an image of professionalism despite the chaos inside the organisation. People are promoted often, there are lots of opportunities to move around the organisation. They have an almost unparalleled staff turn over - this is in part because MSI will give you lots of skills on paper at least making it easier to move on after
    - They pay almost private sector rates

    Cons

    - Shambolic and useless leadership - This is a huge problem because there wasn't a hierarchy for decision making (I cannot count the amount of meetings I attended where progress wasn't made because the executive team won't be accountable
    - The organisation has an odd business model... they need to sell higher priced commodities to sustain themselves, though they also need to provide clients with the cheapest and best medical commodities. This isn't their fault obviously but as I have drawn on... they do receive a lot of funding...
    - As touched upon already - this organisation is heavily funded both through its commercial enterprise but mostly from large anonymous donors. The spending of the funds is not very transparent and goes largely unchecked resulting in it paying the many directors massive salaries - Some were on salaries as much as 150,000 - 200,000. Upon seeing the waste and lavishness of MSI I lost faith in the charity sector
    - Most organisations consider what they want to achieve and then conceive of the approach they want to take and employ resource as needed. MSI seemingly do this the other way round. Furthermore they are very good at using corporate speak to describe tasks and activities but pushed for details and they can't... There were too many staff really not doing much that was important
    - Top heavy organisational structure... it often seemed everyone was a director of something there...
    - Very corporate environment - like other corporations this is seemingly to give the impression they are in control but ultimately can be reduced to meaningless processes and buzz words - either way it has the effect of making the staff very inward looking
    - There is no sense of achievement in the London support office - in the time I was there I never really saw them achieve anything note worthy - though they emotionally celebrate things like their office being refurbished.... Lots of similarly titled teams working alongside each other (often on the same pieces of work - they wouldn't know) working on data that when scrutinised was often invalid. (I sat through presentations regarding market share and service projections yet when numbers were questioned nobody was ever sure of their validity)
    - The MSI staff have been brainwashed and so they over subscribe to an importance in their work without every questioning the real output and effectiveness of what they do. It was a very clique environment and despite meeting some amazing people there I found that there was too much bitchiness between the overwhelmingly female workforce to enjoy their company - everyone is trying to climb on each other there too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Marie Stopes international Australia

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The mission is something you can believe in. It makes everything else almost bearable

    Cons

    A shambles. Supposed to be visionary but when you get inside you find out it's all a sham. Lacks clear leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking care of your people. They're great and they want to do great things.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    emerging organisation

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    Current Employee - Director Operations  in  New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Director Operations in New Delhi (India)

    Pros

    new and growing, easy workplace, unstructured

    Cons

    no systems, very top down, controlled by HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adapt to Indian conditions and build relations with government

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Interesting and challenging

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    Former Employee - Programmer Support Manager
    Former Employee - Programmer Support Manager

    Pros

    Business ethic in voluntary sector
    Quick decision making

    Cons

    Child unfriendly and expat driven

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good area to learn about

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi (India)

    Pros

    good culture, nice people, learning opportunities

    Cons

    mix culture sometimes create confusion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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