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Updated February 22, 2018
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Patrick C. Fine
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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance has been outstanding (in 11 reviews)

  • Good Work Environment and Excellent Contribution to the Science of Improving Lives (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Community Program Associate I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well known organization and great place to work.

    Cons

    Largest offices in the United States are located in Durham, NC and Washington, D.C. However some positions are telecommute friendly which allows you to work from anywhere with reliable internet connection.


  2. "Manager, Outreach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Great place to grow up professionally. Lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Pressure to sell the program

  3. "Experience at FHI largely depends on team"

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

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I got to travel a lot for my job, which I loved.

    Cons

    Some teams are great, some aren't. Mine was one of the bad ones--full of poor morale and people just waiting on their contracts to end. There is little professional development opportunities, a complete lack of real culture at any time. The feeling I got from leadership was the company is a sinking ship and trying hard to hold on to marketshare...perhaps somewhat unsuccessfully.

    Advice to Management

    People early in their career have a lot of value to add the company but are often stymied.


  4. "Great mission, good people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, extremely smart people.

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy, hard to grow as an employee - especially for junior-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for junior level staff for employee retention.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Safe Bet. Nothing Special"

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    Current Employee - Technical Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent health insurance, employment protections

    Cons

    Slow promotion. Few opportunities to learn new things, take on new programs. No raises possible without promotion (beyond a COLA each year)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in junior staff. Be willing to let people do what they are trained to do.


  6. "Sr. Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FHI 360 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Thoughtful and diverse colleagues, and a range of program areas

    Cons

    Project management leadership was unrealistic

    Advice to Management

    Ensure staff inputs are taken seriously


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Inept Management, Siloed, Look Elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits but typical of most federal contractors of their size. Some nice staff who try to be helpful within their scope of work and authority. Employee resource groups to try to boost morale.

    Cons

    Not a strong sense of mission and highly siloed departmentss that don't communicate with each other. Clueless Compensation Dept which can't account for the higher DC cost of living compared to the small town, NC headquarters where they all sit. They're a complete hindrance to hiring externally & internally. It's almost like they thrive on being a complete obstacle with more power than the most senior directors who know what they're looking for in staffing. The Compensation staff all work remotely across the US & are tone deaf to the very high cost of living in DC so many positions are under paid.
    It's common knowledge that you need to leave FHI 360 to get a higher salary or a promotion and forget about lateral transfer to a different dept. FHI loses talent to their competitors b/c who wants to deal with inept HR that can't figure out staffing in international development?
     Ridiculous layers upon layers of senior management to the point where you don't know what they actually do and those directors managers couldn't tell you what the 'worker bees' do daily. They simply go in circles talking about processes and systems. Some departments are stronger than others but good luck if you're stuck with a dept with a horrible director. They'll never get fired nor will be asked to leave.
    Senior management often promoted from within and don't have the experience managing large staff. Completely clueless..

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring senior management from USAID who have no clue how to run an organization. Cut out all the management layers and scale back.

  8. "Continuous growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are well trained and high performing.

    Cons

    The company is large, making it difficult to achieve a sense of one, unified organization.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make technical excellence our top priority.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "dumb"

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    Current Employee - District of Columbia (DC) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - District of Columbia (DC) in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    International development is fascinating. Watching HR boost the CEO rating is amusing.

    Cons

    Smart people, dumb management. Just dumb. Dumb CEO cowed into silence. His entourage micromanages. None of them know what the company actually does. The board can't be stirred. This is the widespread consensus.

    Advice to Management

    Go home already. You have nice homes. Maybe a hobby! Squash? Polo?


  10. "Great office environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, good healthcare, mission driven, excellent supervisors, and gym facilities at the DC office

    Cons

    Low salary (that's really all actually)


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