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Clinton Health Access Initiative Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • CHAI is a mission-driven organization at it's heart and does great work (in 8 reviews)

  • Most people in developing countries today have access to the "cure" of HIV (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The senior management is very oppressive (in 12 reviews)

  • Work can take a toll on the work life balance since one has to travel extensively for long periods of time (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Software enginner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time

    Pros

    great experienced people,Great CEO and family feeling

    Cons

    sometimes they dont know what their objective is


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Global Markets Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time

    Pros

    People are passionate about the work and the field they are working on;
    Peers and managers are always very helpful

    Cons

    The organization structure is sometimes a bit loose, which means you will get lost if you don't know who and what are the resources you can look for when completing a task


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very decentralized - experiences may vary"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager, Country Program in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager, Country Program in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time

    Pros

    CHAI is a very decentralized organization. Your experience will vary largely based on 1) which office you work out of (e.g. HQ vs. Country Team vs. Global Roaming Team), and 2) Who is on your immediate team. Take the time to interview well and understand the culture and challenges of the team and office you'll be working from, because that will determine 90% of your job satisfaction.

    Overall pros (as a Country Team employee in a relatively large Country Office):
    - Very mission-driven
    - Little bureaucracy
    - Smart people all around
    - Responsive to government needs, rather than imposing vertical development initiatives
    - Excellent global network of expertise and experience to tap into
    - Salary ranges are very generous for local country staff
    - The matrix structure of country teams liaising with global technical teams works well in many cases
    - Great job opportunities if you want to transfer to another global/country team or program.
    - Work/life balance has improved a lot over the last few years (in our office at least)

    Cons

    - Salaries somewhat low for expat staff, compared to other organizations. (This is due to the organization's belief that equalized salary ranges for national vs. expat staff are more ethical, but you'll find voices on both sides of this debate.)
    - Smaller offices have weaker procedures and few SOPs

    Advice to Management

    Retain your good employees by:

    1) Improving salaries and benefits, especially for expats who take a pay cut to come to CHAI.
    2) Hiring or promoting more mid-level technical mentors in country offices who can continue to train junior staff, as opposed to relying solely on global technical teams who aren't there for consistent mentorship.


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  5. "Great Impact"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CHAI is really effective in delivering impact; not just an academic shop writing papers. You can stay very motivated when you know the projects you are working on will help people in lower income countries obtain better health care.

    Cons

    Requires extensive travel and the lelve of expenses reimbursement is sometimes not as high as other NGOLs working for the US government.


  6. "A transit point: definitely not your final destination"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Asia, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Asia, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mission oriented with great and smart people. Generally, they are young and hard working.
    Flexible working hours for in country team.

    Cons

    Compensation is generally very low. While trying to bridge the gap between local and expat salary for in country office, the salary of local in country team is way lower than the expat in country team by 20%. Management team justifies that the differences come from expat package includes cost of living. The point is everyone need to pay rent, bills, transportation and food regardless of them being expat or local.

    CHAI is an organization that work for public health, but their own employee does not have a good health coverage. Unlike the US and third county national (expat working in country office), there are no health insurance and retirement saving for the local.

    There is no clear career path within county office. Promotion equates to amount of time spent with CHAI regardless of how much you put into expanding your responsibilities. Review cannot be conducted earlier than one year even if your role is expanded.

    Analyst position is an entry position and lowest level of the in country office. There are Analyst, Sr. Analyst, Associate, Sr. Associate. Generally, analyst and associate role are doing exactly the same thing; however one is paid much higher.

    Almost always never see an expat being hired for an Analyst role though they have lesser experience and lower degree than the local. You will find yourself doing Associate's job with lots lower pay and being led by your junior expat.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach:
    1. Have a read at your own core values and see if these core values are consistently enforced.
    2. Review compensation.
    3. Treat the local better.


  7. "All the negative reviews below are spot on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great health care coverage, reimbursements for many things

    Cons

    Apply elsewhere and run far far away. I reviewed glassdoor before I interviewed and accepted my position. I figured it couldn't be that bad.... boy was I wrong. Very low salaries (regardless of your education level) because they need to be "frugal". Management and HR are clueless, two-faced, and do not communicate with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter, things wont change.


  8. "Commitment to improving global health"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very mission-driven organization. Good for people who like to work independently.

    Cons

    While the programmatic aspects of the organization are strong, many of the administrative departments that support that work are weak. Compensation seems low relative to similar organizations.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Org"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice theoretically articulated mission. CEO seems to be mission driven, smart, and hard work. At inception, Clinton negotiated prices of ARVs and other essential medication. That initiative has proven very successful. Most people in developing countries today have access to the "cure" of HIV.

    Cons

    With the exception of the CEO (Ira), the rest of the senior management is self centered, bullies, micromanages, has a culture of distrust and never listens but want to be heard. They have lost track of the mission and only care about serving their interest.


  10. "Good Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of good work, good smart people

    Cons

    The long hours can feel like a lot


  11. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The organization has a deeply collaborative culture. The organization is made up of highly experienced and educated people bringing their skills together to address major health challenges. There is urgency, responsibility, and altruism in the approach to work.

    Cons

    There isn't a continuous career path. It has a great proposition for people at the start of their careers and propositions for those that have had long careers and bring lots of experience, but no clear path between the 2.



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