Population Services International

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Population Services International Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
41 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely cool, sustainable approach to public health

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Social marketing and social franchising tap into the power of the market (including distribution chains, market-based incentives for vendors and health providers) to get products and services out to people who need them. It builds a sustainable systems and markets, allows governments to better target subsidies to those who actually need them, and ultimately contributes to universal health coverage, where everyone has access to healthcare they can afford.
    - PSI values pragmatism, meaning doing a lot of good work is better than doing a tiny bit of perfect work (or in other words "get stuff done").
    - Vast global network (9,000 staff in 65+ countries) allows ample opportunities to scale up good ideas, approaches, tools, skills. Staff in different countries have the chance to share learning with each other through regional meetings, South-to-South audits of service quality, online knowledge management systems and discussion fora, etc.
    - Lots of autonomy for country offices and staff at most levels.
    - Diverse funding base contributes to job security (unlike at many organizations in this field).
    - Great organizational culture. The CEO sets a good tone. People seem really happy to work for PSI and stay for many years. And people LOVE the DC Halloween Party.

    Cons

    - It's a little rough for interns because there are so many of them competing for just a few full-time jobs. But they seem to get along well and make genuine friends with each other regardless.
    - Salaries are a bit lower than at similar organizations. Many people work long-ish hours (although they enjoy their work enough that they don't complain about it).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mission focussed and lean.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director

    I worked at Population Services International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent engagement with global staff and program beneficiaries. Many ground breaking activites underway, scattered across the organization. Strong CFO. Focus on measuring impact and following the need and not the money. Promotes senior leadership from within.

    Cons

    Needs some system strengthening and a bit more focus on employee engagement and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share strategy and priorities so staff can support institutional priorities.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Varied between good experiences and bad experiences

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You definitely won't be bored working here.

    Cons

    Direction from the top is practically non-existent. Unless you work in a programmatic position or department, you get no support from top level management. Positions located overseas or program positions based in DC pretty much get what they want

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked for PSI- Uzbekistan, don't know anything about PSI at Washington DC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was very interesting program and good team to work with.

    Cons

    I really do not have anything bad to say about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hold on to your seat because it's going to be a crazy ride...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Logistics in Washington, DC

    I worked at Population Services International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Innovative and creative organization that will change the way you think about global health
    - Challenging and inspiring work. You'll learn more than you ever imagined.
    - Talented and dedicated staff
    - Look for opportunities to do creative projects, especially in the field. If you're in DC, make a solid case to senior management if you're trying to take the organization in a new direction (or addressing existing risks, etc).
    - They have a great two-year fellowship opportunity that helps entry-level staff gain international health experience by working at one of PSI's country offices. It is available to anyone who's been working at PSI for at least a year.
    Great health insurance, retirement benefits (full vesting after 5 years) and office location.
    - PSI takes Halloween very, very seriously.

    Cons

    - Highly political environment. Competition is often valued over collaboration.
    - Quality of mid-level managers varies greatly. If your relationship is not great, consider finding a mentor in another department.
    - Baptism by fire mentality.
    - People burn out frequently. (My department had 70% turnover during a two year period).
    - There are often people working at the office during nights and weekends.
    - HR department is often highly incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for your staff and the work they've been doing--especially when they've been working 50-60 hour weeks. Defer decision-making to your staff when possible (without micromanaging).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build experience, but needs better work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Population Services International as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very hands-on work, a great place to build skills.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is lacking, and management does not always set a great example.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Population Services International as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, laid back work environment, room to grow

    Cons

    low pay and weak management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A top class NGO

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Population Services International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a high performance NGO with strong leadership, a commitment to promoting from within, and a competitive benefits package.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is an issue at PSI

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company depending on your departments

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company truly is flat. You don't have to jump through hoops to get things done.
    PSI-University is one of the best tools

    Cons

    In my department office culture is overworking. Not so in others but his has been my experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It used to be a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Procurement and Logistics Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Procurement and Logistics Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Population Services International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very dedicated people, and good work in the field offices, multicultural, very diverse (except the senior management, specially at the C level).

    Cons

    very bureaucratic at HQ, all processes are uber complicated due to the need of approvals. Favoritism within the staff is very noticeable and new ideas aren't completely welcome. If you have a new idea, you immediately become a threat and they will try to get rid of you. Has lost focus on the area of expertise and has tried to get business in other areas decreasing the quality of the work done in the expert area.

    Not much area for growth your career unless you are one of the 'choosen'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focus on the goals and be transparent to the staff, which you like to blindside often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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