Population Council

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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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Peter J. Donaldson

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    work you can be proud of

    Technician (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThis is a non profit organization that helps people plan their families, especially in developing countries. Even if you are not involved in all aspects of their work, the news of their activities is very uplifting. There are a lot of good people working there. It can be a very friendly atmosphere.

    Consthe organization has been adversely effected by the down economy. It was a more supportive academic environment, but recently has become a more cold corporate atmosphere.

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus more on talent development and promote better business ethics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The best sort of place to work.

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe population council does great work in the areas of the world that need it the most and treats its employees very well (including pay).

    ConsI personally felt a little isolated there, but that has a lot to do with the particular position I had. Overall, the staff seem to get along quite well with one another.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great place to develop your hands-on experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility in work time and great benefit
    Making contribution to research in health care

    ConsNon-profit - lower compensation than industry

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment and overall great work with an international focus. The senior staff is amazing.

    ConsThis is a general problem not specific to Population Council, the politics amongst donors, and NGOs is a difficult game to manage.

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    There was a great sense of community

    Staff Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe people, the purpose and the benefits were all amazing

    ConsThere was not much room to grow there unless you had extensive higher education.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great learning experience with a great staff...

    Intern (Current Employee) Nairobi (Kenya)

    ProsA knowledgable and personable staff who care about your career growth, a chance to take part in novel research, opportunity to strengthen skills to share and disseminate results and learn how to incorporate feedback

    ConsSometimes seem to not assigned enough tasks to keep busy, people travel a lot and it is hard to pin them down to have the conversations you need

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

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    developed a better human skill and working in team

    Program Officer (Current Employee) Bahir Dar (Ethiopia)

    ProsProgrms are reaserch based, targeted the hard to reach community members in the country. Encourage staff members to involve at all level such as in joint planning, implementing/monitoring and evaluation of programatic areas. Provide techinical assisstance to partner orgnanization. Generally, influence policy makers, government official, managers and others for better programatic design and direction.

    ConsThe organization seems less planned in regared to human resource development. As the result there is high staff turnover, disatisfaction among some staff members. Most of senior mgt members are not good and their wrong decision is negatively affecting the image of the organization.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisting the lower level staff. understanding the local context such presence of difference ethinic group, Currently, one ethinic group is survived and the rest is pushed out. Anouymous survey will be helpful to maintain the organization reputation.

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    Working with big name! The Population Council confronts the most difficult issues facing people in the developing world.

    Senior Research Officer (Current Employee) Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    ProsGood quality research and variety of exciting projects. Can get access of numerous resources and affiliation with universities

    ConsNot all country offices give you the opportunity to exercise all benefits of Population Council. Capacity building of staff, training, fellowship- these opportunities should be fully exercised in country offices too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    working in Population Council for the last 5 years

    Staff Assistant (Current Employee) Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    ProsIts a best research organization

    ConsWorking is directly proportional to projects from donor organizations

    Advice to Senior ManagementMust consider the evaluation forms from every country office.

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

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    Interesting from a professional point of view only (i.e. the actual project)

    Consultant (Former Employee) Cairo (Egypt)

    ProsEnjoyed the project (Ishraq) they were working on. Research work is excellent.

    ConsToo much corporate politics and unprofessional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere must be more communication between the HQ and the Cairo regional office. Professional, honest staff must be employed for the project.

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

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