Population Services International

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Population Services International Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    PSI is a stressful work environment with smart, committed staff

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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 (more than 5 years)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Short Timer but Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Population Services International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    The Non Profit does good work overseas

    Cons

    High Pressure
    Work Environment/Area old and crappy
    Commute to DC painful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Big NGO with lots of bureaucracy and opportunities to learn

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Population Services International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    All my colleagues were motivated, smart, and truly passionate individuals; work was mainly interesting and I learned a lot; benefits were good.

    Cons

    Underpaid and overworked; high turnover; poor management; lots of bureaucracy; felt under appreciated most of the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place for Junior Staff. Season Professionals, Not So Much.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - For those green in their career, this is the place to be. You learn a ton, opportunity for promotion is plentiful
    - Opportunities to go to the field are available to internal staff
    - Internal movement is highly regarded at PSI (field to HQ, HQ to field)
    - Solid benefits, $500 gym allowance
    - Awesome coworkers who have a common goal of helping Sara
    - Flexible working schedule (this is my #1 reason I'm still with the company)
    - Telecommuting is an option after 6 months (supervisor still has to approve)

    Cons

    - Mid-level and above? Don't even bother. There is zero career development above a PM level and the only staff who seem to get those promotions have either been at the company for 8+ years or are a squeaky wheel.
    - Salaries are not competitive with the DC market. For junior roles it's on par, PM and above they're missing the salary mark by 10's of thousands.
    - Turnover is very high in certain departments and it doesn't seem like much is done about it.
    - Brilliant technical staff are rewarded with no repercussions for their inability to speak to colleagues/donors with respect.
    - Managers aren't trained. They go from an APM with 2 yrs of work experience to a PM who will be overseeing at least 3 staff and they get zero training. I've seen too many terrible managers get praised every year for doing a sub-par job at no real fault of their own. HR needs to own this and require there be a training for staff going into a management role.
    - PSI touts they have amazing benefits when in reality it's on par with every other NGO in DC and try to use that as a reason they give out low salaries.
    - Merit increases are way too low, no opportunity for bonuses and mediocrity is rewarded.
    - Too many people in a high level role that have been there WAY past their expiration date. They're stale at their jobs and never held accountable for bettering themselves professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff appropriately, train your managers, have clear career paths OR admit that you're a churn and burn organization.

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  6.  

    Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Laid back, stable jobs and well established company. It has lots of impact globally.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, not very well structured, and it does not have good strategic vision.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely cool, sustainable approach to public health

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    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
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    Mission focussed and lean.

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    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    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).

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    Neutral Outlook
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