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FHI 360 Reviews

Updated May 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance has been outstanding (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "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. Helpful (2)

    "Large bureaucratic and siloed organization with opportunities for the opportunistic"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Apparently really good retirement benefits
    -Large network globally
    -Good name recognition
    -Lots of talent and experts

    Cons

    -Junior staff are cliquey
    -Often a lack of direction from management staff
    -Weird, siloed atmosphere
    -Extremely bureaucratic with arduous checks and balances systems which often make internal candidates preferable to others since teaching people the system is time consuming
    -Lots of big personalities which can make working for specific departments unpleasant
    -Stereotypical corporate like culture (though many corporations have a friendlier culture)

    Advice to Management

    You are just trying

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Great mission; wonderful environment of humanitarians

    Cons

    Low pay; unfair treatment towards new/eager/enthusiastic staff who are willing to get wet in everything and go the extra mile


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    FHI 360 has a wonderful mission. It is a place full of humanitarians who are cause driven and want to improve the world we live in.

    Cons

    -Expects employees to be fully devoted to job despite low pay.
    -Exploitation of new/enthusiastic/eager staffers who are wiling to get feet wet in everything and go the extra mile.
    -Advanced degree not recognized or valued for a 100% admin position.
    -Obvious lack of diversity for particular project team and department, contributing to petty office politics..
    -Inability to reprimand or even fire inept, unprofessional staffers.
    -Playing of favorites by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to mitigate/eliminate the aforementioned cons.


  5. "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


  6. "Financial Business Systems Analyst"

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

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Management Structure should be stronger


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. Helpful (4)

    "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.


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