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John Snow, Inc Reviews

Updated August 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Good place with excellent work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Working environment is very professional but people are flexible - they are very open to ideas and questions (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • entry level is basically preached that you stay for two years, then you're no longer welcome without an advanced degree (in 6 reviews)

  • If you are below project manager or regional manager, senior management really does not care about your existence (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate, hard-working staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time

    Pros

    The staff based at the Boston office are dedicated, hard-working, and caring. Very reasonable work hours.

    Cons

    Overseas staff (U.S. expats, not local hires) can be hit-or-miss.


  2. "A good place to work"

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

    Pros

    You're constantly surrounded by hard-working people who are passionate about making a difference. The office culture encourages people to get to know their colleagues from all across the company and at all levels - there are lots of mentorship opportunities.

    Cons

    A common issue with public health consulting, and JSI is no exception, is that it can be easy to feel disconnected from your work. Because you are so far up the supply chain and not on the ground doing the work hands-on and meeting those that you're helping, day-to-day tasks can feel much more generic finance and admin than having to do directly with public health.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Generous benefits package but its under review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, great health insurance.

    Cons

    Benefits package was under review. Check to confirm recent changes.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but could improve"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Snow, Inc part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues who are passionate about what they do, good work-life balance, interesting work.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for growth, flat organizational structure, and nepotism.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "JSI"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Current Employee - Program Officer

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment and great people

    Cons

    No strategy for talent retention and low salaries


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, but management stuck in 1983"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent culture, I made many friends at JSI. Excellent work life balance--HR aspires to make JSI a great place to work.

    Cons

    Minimal annual salary increase (3%) and disproportionately low salaries compared with industry average
    If you are below project manager or regional manager, senior management really does not care about your existence
    Absolutely no interest in professional development for employees. They even treat benefits as a gift.
    Hires entry and early career level workers through a temping agency
    JSI lost the largest USAID contract in existence and its primary project closed. Almost all staff was laid off, but managers who lost the contract remain.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that non-technical project managers are valuable, rather than expendable. Boost your HR capacity at hiring quality talent rather than going through temp firms. Pay employees more in alignment with industry averages. Some are being paid as low as $30,000 a year in DC. Work on people skills. Just because you have technical skills does not make you a good manager.


  7. "Mid-level Technical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Passionate employees, variety of projects and opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Flat structure, works well if you are good at self managing

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company that cares about its employees and the communities it serves"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Would highly recommend JSI for all-level professionals. Positive working environment doing mission-driven work.

    Cons

    Much of the international development work relies on big donor funding and grants, so not much flexibility with salary and increases.


  9. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good environment to work for

    Cons

    No development plans ( training) for staff ( field staff)


  10. "Senior IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Very good organization and professional, that anybody would luke to work for

    Cons

    So far i haven't seen any downside


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