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FHI 360 Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, but...."

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caring community of like-minded, mission-oriented professionals

    Cons

    Company's mission has become more diffuse and revenue-driven over the years. Navigating the ponderous bureaucracy is becoming ever more difficult, making us less nimble.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on great performance towards a well-defined mission, and the bottom line will take care of itself.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Program Officer"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good projects, supportive teams, good work-life balance

    Cons

    disorganized, poor support for end of contract transitions

  3. "Good place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance has been outstanding. Fair treatment, respectful colleagues. Great facility in North Carolina. Interesting work. Dedicated leadership.

    Cons

    Disparity in rules between HQ managed staff and regional staff makes it hard to get everyone on same page.

    Advice to Management

    Continue seeking and developing ideas to bring the company into the new world, focus on using resources to retain jobs in the event that funding decreases.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FHI 360 as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The teams are very passionate about the mission and work as a cohesive unit. The work culture is great as well and there are a lots of fun activities to meet co-workers.

    Cons

    It takes a while as an intern to become a full-time position. In addition, even as an intern you may need an internal referral.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  6. "Contracting Officer I"

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    Current Employee - Contracting Officer I in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contracting Officer I in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The work is very interesting

    Cons

    I do not yet have any cons


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Collegial environment with uncertainty and rigid bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Friendly atmosphere. Purpose and intentions of the organization are good. Opportunities for movement (lateral and upward) are there, unless you're a researcher without a PhD. Terrific benefits.

    Cons

    Goofy CEO. Second in charge, the chief strategist, has a proclivity for frequent layoffs--a management consultant, she has brought in allies from the same background. Incredible frequency of turnover in strategy and communications, plus widespread job loss during end-of-grant periods. A top-heavy environment and during "reorgs" they lay off rank and file and shuffle around, and even add to and promote, people at the chief level. Watered down portfolio--went from health-focused to "holistic" in 2011, and revenues in decline ever since.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on where science actually works and outcomes are measurable--health and medicine. The other stuff is dubious. The practice of preserving the ambiguous positions of former Peace Corps volunteers in executive roles while sacrificing the rank and file is transparent. Loyalty suffers as a result. Go back to being a science-driven NGO. Ease up on the puffy, metaphorical branding language--"deeper look," "be bold"--and be honest brokers of public funds rather than trying to be as big as possible. Also, take an honest look at how little confidence the current CEO inspires and how untrustworthy and disingenuous the presumed successor is.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Overall good work environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your boss, work hours can be very flexible and working from home an option.

    Most staff are great.

    Cons

    Upper management has no clue what happens at the "worker bee" level and is completely out of touch.

    Upper management does not do a good job forecasting job need and as a result employees are subject to layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Actually walk the halls and talk to staff.

    Do a better job planning for tight financial times so that layoffs can be avoided.


  9. "Project Manager/Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits,diverse employees and godd working environment

    Cons

    Matrix organization, mostly working for someone other your supervisor.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to move up, but good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible schedule, and good reputation

    Cons

    Little room for growth or career development. Very top heavy.


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