Population Council Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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  1. Delightful working environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Population Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, compelling projects, friendly staff and excellent vision.

    Cons

    Some senior staff need more oversight. Extensive travel can wear on you. Overall, not many cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, honestly - and do take time to listen to your people.


  2. Great NGO to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Database Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Clinical Database Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Population Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    PopCouncil is great for career advancement, friendly and supportive management and great benefits overall.

    Cons

    During the time I was there, I didn't notice any cons.


  3. Excellent work being done

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Population Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a multitude of projects that are going on, in various disciplines and all across the globe.

    Cons

    There are times when there is redundancy due to lack of communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management could use more time together in the various disciplines to eliminate work being done independently by separate departments.


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  5. work you can be proud of

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Population Council full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    the 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 Management

    focus more on talent development and promote better business ethics.


  6. The best sort of place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Population Council part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Great place to develop your hands-on experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Non-profit - lower compensation than industry


  8. Overall Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Population Council full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Population Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people, the purpose and the benefits were all amazing

    Cons

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


  10. It was an enriching experience, working with some of the most enthusiastic colleagues

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lusaka, Lusaka (Zambia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Population Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It offered me the opportunity to work in different projects allowing me to expand my understanding of international development.

    Cons

    There is need to put a check on employee backstabbing. Also, the pay is not very encouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate the workers, not concentration on cost saving.


  11. Great learning experience with a great staff...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Population Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A 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

    Cons

    Sometimes 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



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