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IHME Reviews

Updated Mar 17, 2019

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2.7
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Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray
56 Ratings
Pros
  • "IHME provides an exciting and dynamic work environment with some of the smartest people I've ever met(in 6 reviews)

  • "Office perks (modern design, free drinks, food brought in often, pool table)(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "On the right team with the right level of personal limit-setting work-life balance can be okay(in 10 reviews)

  • "Data Analysts are treated like cogs in a machine(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IHME full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -The mission, impact and importance of the work. -Opportunities to work on a variety of projects over time kept me learning, curious, and engaged. -Support to grow, learn, and advance into more senior roles over time. -Being part of a great team. The people at IHME are amazing and the environment is highly collaborative.

    Cons

    -Fast-paced environment that is deadline-driven and where priorities may shift. Must be adaptable/flexible to thrive and must have a sense of urgency.

    IHME2018-06-04
  2. "A good place to learn on the job"

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

    I have been working at IHME full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall I have had a positive experience working at IHME. The highlights are: working with incredibly smart co-workers in a collaborative work environment, and gaining exposure to a breadth of topics in global health. I have learned a lot during my time here, and I think it's a particularly good place to work early on in a career to gain experience and make valuable connections. The office has a young staff and a feel...

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    Cons

    On many research teams it can feel like speed/deadlines are prioritized over quality of work. Also, expectations are high and many employees who are hard working or have perfectionist tendencies can burn out. On the right team with the right level of personal limit-setting work-life balance can be okay. The organization is also still growing, and sometimes it can feel a bit chaotic as things change and best practices...

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    Advice to Management

    Better communication with staff would go a long way. I think there have been some improvements in this regard in the last year but there is still a ways to go. Along the same lines, researchers and data professionals should be consulted more about decisions that affect them: we have valuable insight/perspective to give and sometimes it feels like decisions are made by management without consideration of the impact on...

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    IHME2019-03-17
  3. Helpful (7)

    "If you're thinking of applying, don't!"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IHME full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Insanely smart coworkers and UW's 401k and 5% match

    Cons

    I cannot express how harmful the work environment is here. - 60 to 70 hour work weeks. My manager literally laughed at me when I asked if I could work 50 hour weeks. - Sexism in work assignments. If you're a woman with database skills, don't be surprised to see a man with no experience managing databases while you google research publications. HR denied and ignored complaints. - Screaming matches in meetings and people...

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    Advice to Management

    Realize you work with people, not robots. Show some integrity.

    IHME2019-03-16
  4. Helpful (11)

    "I Hope Things Change"

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    Former Employee - Data Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IHME full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and you are surrounded by some of the sharpest and most motivated people in the public health industry. Given the scale of the work at IHME, you will also have an opportunity to really make a big impact and take on a lot of interesting work.

    Cons

    IHME is immensely disorganized and immensely hierarchical. Many times projects would have a hard deadline but that hard deadline would just continually be pushed farther and farther back making it impossible to plan anything outside of work. Multiple people were told not take vacation during a particular time window or to work on their vacations. There would also be stretches of time where people would be working...

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    Advice to Management

    Think carefully about what you say your values are externally versus how you treat many of your workers.

    IHME2019-01-15
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IHME full-time

    Pros

    Runs like a start up company, but is a part of Athens University of Washington. Lots of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Lack of mentoring and support for some teams, creating unbalanced tension between the need to learn to do the work and the immediate demand for progress of task.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more thoughtful to match skills and experience with the demand of the project

    IHME2019-01-06
  6. Helpful (9)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at IHME full-time

    Pros

    • I love the mission of IHME. It is inspirational and motivation to help provide high-quality information on population health in order to improve lives around the world. It is why I applied for the job and why I come to work every day. • I enjoy my colleagues and gain a lot of energy from their spirits, passion, ideas, and humor. • Our offices are beautiful and in a great location. Our holiday party this year was...

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    Cons

    • Decision making tends to be centralized, which can mean experienced individuals feel less relevant than they would want. • Faculty are often unaware that their decisions and limited social skills affect staff. • Changes and improvements to systems and protocols are often not systematically implemented. This can lead to frustration when a person or team invests time in creating or learning a new system, only to see...

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    Advice to Management

    Let the good people you have hired do their jobs. Trust the experience they bring to IHME.

    IHME2018-12-10
  7. Helpful (20)

    "Pass on IHME unless you are a workaholic or a masochist"

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

    I worked at IHME full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brilliant people who somehow get a lot of work done while being terribly mis-managed. It is a credit to how talented and self-directed the staff is -- they would probably do better work without any managers at all! The benefits are pretty good for a place with a start-up culture. Lots of free food, comfortable LEED-certified HQ, access to the university perks if you ever have time to take night classes, which is unlikely.

    Cons

    Do you want to be screamed at in meetings? Routinely hear people crying on stressful days? Work evenings and weekends and holidays and then be told, nah Chris decided not to go in that direction after all? There is such a glaring hypocrisy that IHME is working to better public health when the organization degrades the sanity and physical health of the people on staff. Add to that all the shortcuts with the scientific...

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    Advice to Management

    They should all be fired and replaced with people who are remotely competent, like the lower level managers. I don't think any amount of training could help.

    IHME2018-11-29
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Important work, horrific work environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IHME full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast paced, interesting work, should have an impact in the world of public health.

    Cons

    No team work, only the few are listened too, and allowed to participate.

    Advice to Management

    Need to better understand and implement an environment of tolerance and inclusivity.

    IHME2019-01-05
  9. Helpful (15)

    "Exceptional staff with unchecked egocentrics at the helm"

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

    I worked at IHME full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    IHME attracts some of the most passionate, smart, interesting people you could ask to work with. Most people make lifelong friends here. The Board is an amazing group of people, and bring insight and candor to IHME's work and culture - particularly Richard Horton who has been an outspoken voice of reason - and seem to be the only body holding leadership accountable.

    Cons

    Leadership and trickle-down culture. Unfortunately IHME is a culture of leadership by intimidation, coercion and bullying. It is not unusual to witness screaming fights in the hallway or people storming out of meetings. All three founders essentially throw tantrums when they do not get their way - and will berate or threaten employees. Work hours. Most people are effectively expected to work two full time jobs for...

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    Advice to Management

    Simple: Treat people well. Your egocentricity is very transparent, and unchecked it is undermining your supposed 'do good' cause, and threatening the viability of your organization. If you don't know how to treat people well, hire people who will stand up to you, and listen to them or at least get out of their way.

    IHME2018-10-25
  10. Helpful (22)

    "Top-of-Class, But Use Linkedin Before Joining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IHME full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Those who worked more closely with Christopher Murray will know that he is a brilliant scientist who cares deeply about the technical details of the science itself, the broader role it plays in global health governance, and IHME as a whole. He's 25+ years of experience managing large teams to accomplish things that everyone around him has always said was impossible. It's an inspiring place that has a Google-like feel...

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    Cons

    Those who work closely with Chris also know that the leadership team around him is exceptionally weak. Chris is the only person that can be the CEO of IHME, but you can see that the fact he has to constantly step into everyone's work to make sure even the most minimum thresholds for quality are met reflects that his entire leadership team ought to be either trained or replaced. Senior management's role is to provide...

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    Advice to Management

    None to management aside from the Chair of the IHME Advisory Board - get an outside agency to talk with current and former employees to truly understand what is going wrong here and then take decisive action to correct it WITH Chris AND CHRIS ALONE. Just take a look at the hiring patterns - all the project officers are women and all professors are middle-aged men. Several Glassdoor posts cited unreported sexual harassment...

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    IHME2018-09-09
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