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Updated February 19, 2017
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  1. "In Short"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Great People, most folks are kind-hearted, hard working individuals

    Cons

    Systems need work, Need to be more flexible with benefits to keep good staff from leaving


  2. "Great Mission, Great Company"

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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

    Pros

    Mission of Improving Lives
    Benefits
    Diversity
    Culture

    Cons

    Can't think of a thing worth mentioning as a con


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Clinical Research Associate II"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate II
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic team environment where employees work closely with all internal functional groups, sponsors, and stakeholders. Mentoring to junior staff is encouraged.

    Cons

    Little to no bridging funding provided to employees between projects; employees are expected to find work internally when projects come to an end.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to feel secure that employment in the company is secure from project to project even during periods of time when projects come to a close and new ones are awaiting notice of award.


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    "Management by proverb"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    A lot of people have a sharp sense of humor. Really nice auditorium.

    Cons

    Clouseau-like CEO manages through often-misattributed "thoughts of the day." Jargon-stuffed company-wide strategic exercise rolled out without consideration for how the new presidential administration will treat foreign aid. Earnest junior staffers search in vain for professional development opportunities. Nervous HR officers try to crank up the CEO's approval rating on Glassdoor, but it won't stick! In the meantime, USAID (90% of FHI 360's funding) totters...

    Advice to Management

    "Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds."
    - Herbert Lom


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Dedicated staff"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff are really committed to the mission and work of the organization. I work with some of the smartest and most talented people in the industry.

    Cons

    Slow decision making by senior management, who seem interested in making the perfect decision, which seldom exists, than making any decision. That slows things down.

    Advice to Management

    Consensus decisions are seldom the best ones.


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    "Change was swift"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, interesting work, strong mission, generally get to travel (can be a con)

    Cons

    poor management of multi-year grants; very little back up if projects are running short

    Advice to Management

    create contingency funds to float strong workers in between full FTE projects


  8. "FHI 360 employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Organization does great work, has talented employees

    Cons

    Lack of direction form senior management; new policies and procedures rolled out without adequate support


  9. Helpful (4)

    "sad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    I've been here awhile. A lot of wonderful people have stuck around, though the smart ones are generally unhappy. The work is often intellectually rewarding and sometimes even inspiring.

    Cons

    The exec level, as everyone here notes, is terrible. They just don't understand our business in any meaningful way. So they can't identify problems, let alone fix them, and instead invest in vanity projects. You can't even really get mad at them - they are what they are - though you can certainly spare some disgust for the board, which can't be moved to stanch the bleeding. Much talent has fled. I'll be gone soon too.

    Advice to Management

    I know that directors have offered you consistently excellent advice, but that you either don't take it or don't know what to do with it. I genuinely wish you folks the best. I think you mean well.


  10. "Growing pains"

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

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    The best part of FHI360 was my peers in NC. Dedicated, fun to work with, smart. The head of the NC office (Cates) was a phenomenal leader - a brilliant scientist, charismatic, articulate, and somehow still humble.

    Cons

    When I was there, the CEO struggled with the AED acquisition and the merging of two very different cultures. Many great people were pushed out.

    Advice to Management

    Need to ensure that leaders in the organization have both the requisite technical skills and management savvy. It was hard to find leaders and managers who had both.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Officer 1"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization as a whole is great to work for, but projects vary greatly in quality of management and overall structure.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in decision making, no recourse for workplace bullying.



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