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Boston Public Health Commission Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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  1. "Program Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Boston Public Health Commission (More than a year)

    Pros

    unionized position.
    your work has organization wide implications.
    working across bureaus, larger impact organizationally and in the city.
    Amazing people work in the executive office.

    Cons

    city government has lots of bureaucracy.
    slow moving progress on important work.
    office politics have large impact on ability to do your work.

    Advice to Management

    In order to ensure integrity and impact of the work, hire more locally sourced talent for management positions in the organization instead of transplants from outside cities.


  2. "Program coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Health Commission full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loan forgiveness is a huge plus. The benefits package is pretty good as well. The longer you are employed the more PTO and sick time you acquire.

    Cons

    Too many managers and directors. BPHC has a very top heavy management structure. Everyone loves to be in charge and not be held accountable for actions.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely utilize feedback from your employees. Don't ask for feedback and ignore or do nothing with it.


  3. "Getting back on your own 2 feet!!!"

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    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff/Server in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Kitchen Staff/Server in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Health Commission part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get job experience and they help you to learn how to live life. Generally it's a program sponsored by the men's & women's homeless shelters. They help you look for permanent employment and housing. They have definitely helped me to learn how to live life by myself. My confidence has grown as a result of this company.

    Cons

    It can be frustrating when some of your co-workers do not pull their own weight at work. You know who's there for the paycheck only and who is actually there to grow and take the next step in life to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't have any advice to give management. Maybe just that when people are just standing around playing on their phones they should be forced to punch out. Why should I work while someone else just stands there talking on the phone??? It isn't right.


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  5. "BPHC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Health Commission (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This job doesn't require you to do much. People are friendly

    Cons

    The managers and supervisors could respond to important matters on a faster past.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Do not practice what they preach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Public Health Commission full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    public focus around improving health equity and racial justice, purpose of work feels important, helping city residents

    Cons

    favoritism is apparent, management doesn't recognize employees based on quality of their work but on how much of a sycophant you are, unqualified staff in leadership positions that don't further the mission or work, very hierarchical, a lot of talk about improving health equity but complete lack of action on leadership's part, cliquish, lack of diversity in senior positions dictates a work culture that doesn't promote diversity internally, org doesn't reflect what they preach externally.

    Advice to Management

    select professionals who have actually demonstrated leadership skills and care about seeing progress in achieving organizational goals, hold management staff accountable when demonstrating poor leadership (e.g. low staff morale that can compromise work quality), maintain basic level of professionalism when addressing supporting staff, provide clear direction and be able to own up to mistakes and handle them maturely and professionally rather than passing it onto support staff.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "not really a place for action oriented idealists"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Boston Public Health Commission full-time

    Pros

    Good mission; works with vulnerable populations who need the assistance. Staff are generally qualified.

    Cons

    Line staff are not motivated to go above and beyond job descriptions, even when a little extra effort would better fulfill the spirit of the mission. There is peer pressure to not add to the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Change employment and raises to being tied to results/outcomes so staff are motivated to do their best.


  8. "Great Agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston Public Health Commission full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, if you prove yourself and work hard there is a lot of room for advancement, I worked for the homeless services bureau for 13 yrs until I got ill,.

    Cons

    Always make sure you advocate for yourself when it comes to advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to be available to listen to staff & client concerns and\or issues. Direct care staff have the answers u need, Supervisors aren't always honest about what is really going on..


  9. "Program Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Health Commission full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The employees are very kind and it is easy to communicate with coworkers. You get raises in your salary yearly.

    Cons

    Boston residency required for all positions at BPHC which is a con for some but I love living in the city.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "This place has awful supervisors and managers. They are not leaders, they are lazy and offer zero mentorship."

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    Current Employee - Epidemiologist II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist II in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Health Commission full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have a job and am not unemployed or homeless, and that's it. Coworkers are nice, but eventually leave, especially if they are bright, because managers don't respect their employees.

    Cons

    Awful management. Poor supervision. Lack of routine performance evaluations, as they are voluntary. Human resources is a joke, and is bizarrely afraid of conflict, and therefore will not assist in conflict resolution.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Guide them through their careers. Act as mentors. Care about retention. A good manager knows how to lead. There are no good managers here.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Very hierarchical organization; rampant favoritism;"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Public Health Commission full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission and committed line staff. Great benefits.

    Cons

    BPHC is a very hierarchical organization. Promotions are based on favoritism. Managers are not held accountable for how they treat/mistreat staff leading to constant turnover of staff. HR is dysfunctional - their main function seems to be protecting the hierarchy and protecting their jobs. Low morale - after a few years, staff either leave or settle into doing the minimum. Although the benefits are great; pay is low (unless you are one of the favorites)!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Poor management is killing staff creativity, motivation, and productivity. Talk to staff and be willing to change.


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