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"Believed in work being done in the field, but HQ leadership difficult to work for."

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Former Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
Former Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at International Medical Corps full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great cause. Great volunteers and field staff. Important work.

Cons

Leadership at HQ is volatile, secretive and power hungry.

Advice to Management

Resign.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Awful Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at International Medical Corps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you don't have much experience and can stick it out for a year, it will look good on your resume. Also, so of the field programs are excellent, but it varies country to country (HQ doesn't set the tone or have quality control internationally) so investigate before you go.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. The CEO was related to one of the founders and was given the job in her 20s with no experience. She has failed to develop leadership or vision and the organization hasn't done anything innovative since the 1980s. Rather than recruit a group of experienced managers to run the organization, the Aossey has given the jobs to personal friends, most of whom don't have the training, education or skill sets for the jobs they hold. As a group, the management is secretive and suspicious. The HR department exists primarily to undermine employee, and shield ineffective managers from censure and executive decisions from scrutiny.

    Employees are demoralized and the work environment can be tense. The organization doesn't provide training and has openly adopted the position that it will not invest in employee development. Basically, the expectation is that, either you will come is as a friend of a senior manager and be given a senior position and a disproportionately high salary, or you will come in, work until you hit a wall and realize that you can't advance, and leave for greener pastures.

    Advice to Management

    Open up and bring in some experienced managers with the appropriate skill sets. Value your employees - you don't make any products, so your people are your greatest business asset. Fire the HR department and hire some people with HR backgrounds, skilled in employee development. Provide clear opportunities for learning and advancement. Pay market salaries.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Worst place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    While the quality of the programs varies, there is some great work going on at the field level in many countries.

    Cons

    Almost no one stays more than 18 months, and most start looking for a new job within less than a year. However, most of the people who occupy senior posts have been there for years, are generally not qualified to hold their jobs, and owe their positions to their personal friendships with the CEO. The problems with the organization today are the same problems that existed a decade ago - same management, same inability to learn and change. This is a truly awful place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, listen to them, and bring in an external HR organization to set and implement new policies.


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