Partners in Health Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Great mission-driven organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Partners in Health

    Pros

    Each employee is dedicated to their work and the company's mission. It's a lively work environment dominated by younger professionals.

    Cons

    As with many nonprofits, especially those doing SO much work, the workload is demanding and compensation is lower than what you may expect from companies demanding the same level of work and dedication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Amazing mission-driven organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission, vision, and values were dead on and the people were incredible. The work is impactful and rewarding and every day is a challenge.

    Cons

    The organization runs lean which is a great development selling point is possibly its downfall in human capital management and maintaining institutional knowledge. Turnover is high and this doesn't seem to phase anyone. This could have changed, but seemed to be a cultural characteristic rather than a transient one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture your staff and their skillsets - many don't want to leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Amazing mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    The mission of this organization is what all healthcare should be: to provide a preferential option for the poor in healthcare.

    Cons

    sometimes too much emphasis on doing too much--they glorify those who go beyond what is humanly reasonable, such as gushing about one employee who was answering emails while in the hospital 4 hours before giving birth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great mission, but don't burn out the people doing the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Incredibly ambitious mission means the work is never done

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    Staff people in field sites and in Boston are very dedicated to the mission of providing health care -- in the holistic sense -- to people living in extreme poverty. PIH has more than its share of bright, even brilliant, clinicians who are true innovators in their fields and who are committed to training and educating the next generation. I believe that PIH is truly changing the world for the better.

    Cons

    The need for resources to support the work is enormous so there's a constant focus on budgets which sometimes overwhelms the focus on the mission. Most people work long hours. For better or worse, there's been quite a lot of staff turnover, which is stressful for those who stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on recruiting and retaining a more ethnically diverse workforce at HQ who are committed to health equity AND who have the talent and professional experience to help PIH achieve its ambitious mission.

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Dedicated organization; bad management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Partners in Health

    Pros

    You can tell that people feel proud to work for PIH because they are very mission-driven individuals.

    Cons

    Disorganized management. Undervalued and overworked staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful

    Finance

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    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Partners in Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They bring health care and meds to lands and people no one cares about so that is good.

    Cons

    Leadership is awful. They only care about self-promotion and making connections but not necessarily for PIH.

    Senior management is never there.They are always traveling and not on PIH business but rather promoting their books/movies and other things completely unrelated to global health. They are obsessed with their public standing, only want to be seen with powerful and influential people who can connect them to other and more powerful and wealthy people, attend parties, book signings, and give lectures. Very little care goes into program development. Very little resources are expended for the most needy. Very little mentoring for staff and interns. No direction. No strategy. No management plan. Only fundraising. Cannot see the direct benefit of it in the countries PIH works.

    This organisation has very much lost its soul, its way and its moral compass. Its too bad since it started off with such promise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to board is to actually hire real leadership rather than being fans of the leadership hoping to be invited to cool parties

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful

    Avoid - this was the most disorganized work environment I've ever seen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    When people cooperate and put aside egos, good work can be done. The local country staff in Haiti and Africa are often incredible, dedicated people, and they do a lot of great work for relatively small pay.

    Cons

    The organization is a shell of what it once was, and due to a lack of coordinated management is a mess. Senior leadership, both directors and managers, who were around for 7-10 years, were good at what they did and were dedicated to the causes that PIH promotes, have been either fired outright or pushed out in a passive/aggressive manner over the past 3-5 years. What is left behind are wealthy former investment firm managers and similar people who have been newly hired to serve as PIH's leadership team on development, communications, evaluation, HR and other teams. They don't really understand the work that is being done in the field, and their arrogance is off-putting to the staff in developing countries. To the Boston staff they are aloof at best and shockingly ignorant of the most basic global health knowledge at worst.

    There is no clear direction given to employees, and the organization operates in a very haphazard manner. As a result of constant budget cuts, threats of layoffs, overwhelming egos and infighting, the staff does not work cooperatively even though many of them are good people. The lack of structure and leadership results in confusion and a lot of animosity, and the work suffers as a result. Turnover is overwhelming and constant. During the past 3 years, several positions have turned over more than three times (that is, many people staying less than a year). It is sad, because this used to be a good place to work, even though the pay may have been low and the pace hectic, at least it stood for something. That strong sense of purpose is now overwhelmed by egotistical directors who simply do not grasp the work that needs to be done, a lack of leadership and a non-existent management structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Overall good experience, i enjoyed my work there but wanted something more lively and vibrant

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Partners in Health part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - good people, good work/life balance, great company mission, and a meaningful work

    Cons

    - slow work processes, slow promotion opportunities, sometimes work gets mundane

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful

    Executive Assistant to Executive Director

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exposed to global leaders who have been working on health care for years.

    Cons

    No management capacity or direction. Leadership is focused solely on branding themselves and writing books and family legacy. Most of which has no direct impact on the work of help. Board members are there for self promotion and gala events. Very little practical public health experience or health care management experience in resource poor settings. Overall there is a complete mismatch in the board and leadership and goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more seasoned management with a global focus of results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Inspiring social justice and global health organization

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with inspiring, collegial, smart, passionate, good-hearted people. Work is meaningful and important.

    Cons

    Can occasionally include stress and long hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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