Population Council

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Population Council Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
10 Reviews

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    work you can be proud of

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technician in New York, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

    focus more on talent development and promote better business ethics.

    Recommends
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    The best sort of place to work.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    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.

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    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    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

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    Overall Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    There was a great sense of community

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in New York, NY

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great learning experience with a great staff...

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)

    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

    Recommends
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    developed a better human skill and working in team

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    Current Employee - Program Officer  in  Bahir Dar (Ethiopia)
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Bahir Dar (Ethiopia)

    Pros

    Progrms 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    listing 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.

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer  in  Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    working in Population Council for the last 5 years

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

    Pros

    Its a best research organization

    Cons

    Working is directly proportional to projects from donor organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must consider the evaluation forms from every country office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Cairo (Egypt)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too much corporate politics and unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There must be more communication between the HQ and the Cairo regional office. Professional, honest staff must be employed for the project.

    Doesn't Recommend
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