Population Services International Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Population Services International President & CEO Karl Hofmann
Karl Hofmann
37 Ratings

Pros
  • Dedicated staff, solid funding, great location, decent benefits with good leave, telecommuting and flexible work schedules (in 3 reviews)

  • Very hands-on work, a great place to build skills (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is an issue at PSI (in 5 reviews)

  • has no work-life balance and people work like crazies (at least 55hours a week not to say 60-65 for most of the PM team) (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Film Consultant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Population Services International (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people and great projects.

    Cons

    They can be tough negotiators.


  2. Great Place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PSI does amazing work and has a lot to offer.

    Cons

    Has struggled managing growth from time to time.


  3. Marketing Director

    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities working in an area that is concrete and employs a variety of skills (social marketing). Excellent co-workers and well defined mandate.

    Cons

    Has become increasingly bureaucratic and caters to donors excessively. There can be too much secrecy as well, especially when it comes to sharing important findings and such with competitor organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more latitude to the field to make decisions (as it was in the early days of PSI). Stick to what PSI does best as regards product social marketing and continue to follow a business model.


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  5. No support of staff, no standards

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some colleagues and managers are talented; make the work environment more positive

    Cons

    -No equal range for promotion, pay, level of effort - No commitment to staff - Wasted money, flagrant use of money -Field activities and work are for show, rather than making a positive contribution


  6. Interesting but challenging corporate culture and environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Population Services International (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate people who care about the organization's mission and values. Amazing and supportive colleagues at head office. Strong work ethic among staff. Great benefits and compensation package. Telecommuting and flex hours are helpful, especially for new moms/parents. Steep learning curve initially but great way to gain tangible skills and deeper understanding of social marketing and global health issues.

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance permeates the entire organization - both domestic and international teams. Upward career opportunities are often limited. Significant turnover for mid and lower level positions.


  7. Love It

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great job, Great Place, Great opportunities

    Cons

    Expect to work hard.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Mixed Bag

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly skilled passionate people, great office vibe, supportive of tele-commuting

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership, Stagnating executive team and some very toxic people, CEO seems bored and disconnected, very high turn over at associate program manager level


  9. Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Population Services International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a great mission and purpose. Super driven employees. You go to work each day understanding why you are there. Good at promoting/filling positions from within.

    Cons

    Management tends to pick favorites. A lot of departments struggle with work life balance


  10. Helpful (1)

    technically a strong company with presence throughout the world

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Population Services International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very nice people to work with

    Cons

    some in management displayed temper causing occasional friction in the office


  11. Helpful (3)

    PSI is a stressful work environment with smart, committed staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are lots of training opportunities, lots of travel for programmatic jobs, interesting and rewarding work.

    Cons

    High stress, expectation that you'll be available to work long hours and/or weekends and be available to respond to email at any time. Colleagues are competitive and not always willing to work together.



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