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Public Health Institute Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
18 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review of the Public Health Institute

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Health Institute

    Pros

    The help guide and mold future global health practitioners, and are incredibly caring.

    Cons

    Before, interns were not offered benefits. However, that policy has changed so that interns receive generous benefits.

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    Non-profits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Health Institute

    Pros

    Public Health Institute is a great place to work!

    Cons

    There is not room for promotions or to move up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Public Health Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment
    Great space to learn and expand on skills

    Cons

    Not much room to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Opportunities in an Era of Health Reform

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    Current Employee - Research Program Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Research Program Director in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Public Health Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Entry-level through advanced opportunities to get involved in advancing public health policy and practice.
    Friendly work environment, considerable flexibility in work schedule, and comprehensive benefits.
    Strong organizational leadership and vision for advancing public health policy and practice.

    Cons

    Research positions are not on an employee basis but contingent on the availability of program funding.
    Challenging funding environment as largely dependent on government and foundation funds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    They're doing good work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Public Health Institute (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good staff dedicated to making a positive difference in the health of all communities.

    Cons

    Going in a lot of directions at once.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Best place to learn, grow and be well compensated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Public Health Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career opportunities that allow for growth and job satisfaction. Senior management is understanding, approachable and encouraging of professional and personal growth.

    Cons

    Benefits (particularly dental) could be better but for a non-profit the pay is far better than most.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    organization with a mission and concern for employees

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    Current Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Public Health Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for working on new projects and career growth. The benefits are great and comp is competitive. Most important is the mission and interest in public health. I am able to balance being a parent with my work.

    Cons

    The need to fund-raise in a non-profit environment is getting harder so there is constant pressure. There needs to be more support for programs to develop new business because there are a lot of ideas that need support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to cross-train staff teams and find ways to work across programs. The organization doesn't get enough visibility for all the great work that it does - invest in communications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I loved this place until I complained.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Health Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Pretty good pay. Nice location.

    Cons

    Complaint process is lacking. Managers need more training in ethics and integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe there is a major disconnect between the Oakland HR office and the satellite offices. Specifically, a manager within a satellite office can act inappropriately, and the HR office is oblivious until an employee complains. When the employee complains, the complaint process involves talking to other employees and looking through the employees file. However, the employee file in question, the employees computer, and the other employees are controlled by the manager. How effective is this complaint process? Zero. Instead, good employees with legitimate complaints, are thrown under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I was happy working here!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Public Health Institute full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, lots of opportunity for growth, supportive environment, smart and passionate coworkers.

    Cons

    Working conditions vary among different contract sites/projects.

    Recommends
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible, Unsupportive, Bureaucractic Environment!

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    Current Employee - Program Administrator II in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Program Administrator II in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Public Health Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Promotes health programs which actually create positive changes in society.

    Cons

    -Environment is stressful
    -Upward mobility is difficult
    -Women are grossly underpaid
    -They will work to undermine you and throw you under the bus if you don't "fall in line"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to overhaul the rigged system of annual reviews. Also, scope of work standards or measurements should be lowered if the budget of programs is slashed. Finally, there needs to be some measure of uniformity in employee salaries with employees who are at the same level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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