Public Health Institute

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Public Health Institute Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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
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    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
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    Horrible, Unsupportive, Bureaucractic Environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Supported environment to do meaningful work

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

    I worked at Public Health Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supportive management structure, clear roles and responsibilities, plentiful opportunity for professional development.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for challenging work in the role I was in, unfortunately, but that was the nature of the job when I signed on. No fault of the organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work among a talented, friendly bunch of researchers.

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

    I worked at Public Health Institute

    Pros

    PHI is leading the field in important ways, and offers a variety of avenues to engage in issues that matter.

    Cons

    With so many research arms, coordination among researchers can be difficult. PHI attempts to bring together a variety of efforts, and often does well, but the bureaucratic overhead can be taxing for some.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good over all experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Public Health Institute

    Pros

    Good environment, good colleagues. nice place to work

    Cons

    Not much of knowledge sharing happens..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work - Project Directors are empowered and supported

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Public Health Institute

    Pros

    They are actively seeking to become the "preferred place to work"

    Cons

    I work in DC but they are based in Oakland and I have to fly back and forth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the project directors, internationalize operations

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Research based

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Tirana (Albania)
    Current Employee - Specialist in Tirana (Albania)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, short commute, highly educated staff.

    Cons

    No much work to be done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the work better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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