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PATH Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
23 Reviews

3.6
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    A privilege to work in this organization.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The work gets done. Processes and systems to not impeded getting results.

    Cons

    The brilliance of the academics it takes to get the work done needs to be better balanced with the need to run the organization as a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're on the right track.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work. Varied experience by Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Able to work on projects that make a real impact in the world. Great benefits including access to learning resources. As a young professional, you may be eligible for what's called the "Opportunities for New Professionals (ONP)" award. This allows you to work and possibly travel with other PATH programs to grow professionally and learn more about what PATH does.

    Cons

    The employee experience is HIGHLY variable and really depends on your Program and specifically you Performance Leader (supervisor). Some people have a great relationship with their PL and work in a Program they are personally interested in, while others have the exact opposite experience.

    When you interview, be sure to ask about the office culture, lines of communication and authority, expectations of someone in your role and how your role clearly fits into the overall organizational structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and transparency is key. Consider taking a more proactive and inclusive approach when it comes to communicating with the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place I have evere worked.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Efficient, kind, focused, well run, fabulous mission. But best of all the employees are so dedicated and kind.

    Cons

    There really are no negatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic, if occasionally frustrating place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The mission and the people can't be beat. The variety of projects is immense, so there's a lot to do and never a dull day. My team members were smart, kind, passionate folks. For a non-profit, the support for administration is better than many, so important functions like accounting, procurement, and library services work well. Many organizations neglect these departments to their detriment. Leadership was changing as I left, but seemed positive. Work-life balance, benefits, pay, and facilities were excellent.

    Cons

    While many individual staff are supportive, there were very few, if any, opportunities for career advancement. Senior management would preach about how important it was to stay up to date and then completely ignore any efforts staff made to actually improve themselves. Unless you left for an expensive graduate degree so you could continue to do the job you were already doing, that is. Everyone wants to work here, so I understand that they don't technically have to invest in their employees' careers, but PATH is seriously losing great people at every level of the organization, particularly the lower ones. Great bosses abound and make up for a lot of this, but the attitude from leadership at the time was that you and your goals were unimportant unless you were a director or something. They do work to protect lower-level staff when grants dry up, which is nice, but there is very little formal acknowledgment of the important work they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing just a little bit more in staff development at ALL levels will keep them better connected to the mission, help them learn, re-energize them, and ensure that you don't lose good people so frequently. It took a long time for me to get over being really jaded about my time there, how everyone said I did fantastic work yet received zero recognition or reward for it. If you say a skill is important, when someone works hard to acquire it, acknowledge that and reward them for their ambition. If I hadn't had a great boss and a wonderful team, I would have left far sooner. Your advice to ambitious employees should not be "leave and come back." Many, many of them won't - they'll go help your competition for another grant if that competitor actually offers them a career trajectory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grant based employment - don't believe the long term "grant renewal process doesn't matter hype"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This was one of the most family friendly environments I have ever worked in. There a lots of creative people that work for this global organization.

    Cons

    Unless you are working on a technology, or in country team, the organization itself does not know how to relate to others not in that specific field. Recommendations, made by industry certified professionals are not taken very seriously. I was hired in the middle of a 3 year GATES grant, which i was assured would be renewed and that the position would not be vulnerable to any reduction in force. As my department went through the renewal process, they did the very thing they said they would not, eliminated positions due to the grant renewal process. In my opinion, jobs are only secure if you are at the beginning of a grant and for as long as the life of the grant. In addition, the company is going through a restructuring and SEVERAL positions were eliminated, even those who were instrumental in making headway in new marketing areas. Once the company has settled on a vision, mission statement and measurable goals, it may be a more secure place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be up front and transparent with prospective hires about the potential for change in the company and don't sell them false hopes of longevity if you are not sure you can provide it.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    High school culture, decent pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    • Salary is decent for non-profit
    • Org name carries weight within community
    • Certain programs/departments do really great work

    Cons

    • HR not very transparent
    • Success as an employee depends on personality, not necessarily accomplishments
    • Poor talent retention

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Would not recommend.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company values, mission, opportunity to travel internationally

    Cons

    Lack of professional development opportunities, work culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent organization with experienced people committed to develop safe and effective solutions for unmet health needs.

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Inspiring and entrepreneurial environment where expert teams work on challenging projects in partnership with donor institutions, academia, companies and non-profit organizations. Opportunities to innovate, express opinions and influence decisions. Very good working climate and central support. Organization went through changes and is well managed.

    Cons

    I enjoy working at PATH and can't name anything that would oppose working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    An amazing place to work

    Cons

    I am being required to fill a 20 word minimum when in fact, I have no complaints about PATH at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have any advice.

  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't expect this place to launch your career- make sure you come in at the correct level and salary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Current Employee - Program Assistant

    Pros

    Great work, great reputation in the industry, work/life balance, location! I am hopeful that the new CEO will turn this place around (the McKinsey consultants were on board on his first day I think...) but it's going to take a few years to feel the results.

    Cons

    Employee career paths, development and retention; 1200 person org with some very outdated systems and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and grow your employees- you attract the best people but the org needs a 180 to keep them. What a wasted investment! You go in excited, and you leave feeling burned.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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