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John Snow, Inc CEO Joel Lamstein
Joel Lamstein
95 Ratings
Pros
  • "Staff are shown respect by upper management and work-life balance is generally promoted through office policies(in 19 reviews)

  • "Great people, interesting and important work(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "This means it is very hard to get promoted beyond entry-level positions, even with a master's degree, since the titles literally don't exist(in 9 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance can be challenging with the world of consulting(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Develop Skills & Work On Diverse Projects"

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      Current Employee - Internship in Boston, MA

      I have been working at John Snow, Inc part-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      I really enjoy working with my team at JSI and appreciate the wide variety of skills that I've developed while working there working on projects that touch on many different health concerns.

      Cons

      I haven't gotten to know many people outside of those I work with and getting on projects is the result of personal connections.

      John Snow, Inc2019-02-14
    • "Terrible Managers"

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      Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Arlington, VA
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Generally a nice working environment.

      Cons

      Managers are long term staff who have become unnecessarily hierarchical (in a place that boosts a flat structure), and have little checks and balances. Many are promoted based on loyalty, not solid management skills. Junior staff are nurtured based on their luck-of-the-draw with supervisors and managers.

      Advice to Management

      Check the people managing the project. Their rough personalities and poor management skills negatively affect the work and reflect poorly on JSI.

      John Snow, Inc2019-04-19
    • "GOOOOD"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc part-time for more than a year

        Pros

        pretty good i liked it a lot

        Cons

        pretty bad in some areas though

        John Snow, Inc2019-03-27
      • "Great work culture"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than 19 years

        Pros

        Flat structure, little hierarchy, entrepreneurial, talented and curious colleagues

        Cons

        Funding for public health is changing and faces uncertain times

        John Snow, Inc2019-03-19
      • "Great People, No Upward Mobility"

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        Current Employee - Program Officer in Arlington, VA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Great, passionate people with a strong work ethic and lots of experience working in global health and development. A positive work culture that is relaxed and friendly. On the right team, you can get a lot of experience and travel opportunities.

        Cons

        The organization has a very flat structure. This means it is very hard to get promoted beyond entry-level positions, even with a master's degree, since the titles literally don't exist. In addition, your supervisor can put you forward for a promotion, but it is ultimately up to HR, who doesn't know you and is often unwilling to sign off on promotions and raises (for reasons that are unclear).

        Advice to Management

        Create opportunities and positions for entry-level staff to stay and grow - such as Senior Program Officer and Specialist positions. You are losing younger staff who want to stay but have to leave the organization in order to keep moving up in their careers.

        John Snow, Inc2019-03-12
      • "Mixed"

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        Current Employee - Employee in Arlington, VA
        Doesn't Recommend

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time

        Pros

        Friendly, try harder than most to support junior staff.

        Cons

        Not entirely clear eyed. Hubris?

        Advice to Management

        Step out of the 1970s. 'The JSI way' is not the answer to questions and concerns. Efficiency gets you places. Don't treat your staff like they have joined a cult or are enrolled in elementary school.

        John Snow, Inc2019-02-20
      • "Great company!"

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        Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Competitive Salary Great Benefits Learning Opportunities Great colleagues

        Cons

        Contract based work that is not always guaranteed

        John Snow, Inc2019-01-28
      • "Program Coordinator - Fantastic Experience"

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        Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        -Fast paced learning environment -Welcoming atmosphere -Open-door policy

        Cons

        JSI has numerous projects and centers which sometimes makes it difficult to speak about JSI as a whole, however, the communications team was working hard to change this!

        John Snow, Inc2018-12-11
      • "Technical Manager"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time

        Pros

        Good place to work. Nice management.

        Cons

        Limited room for advancement. Sometimes people get by with little effort.

        John Snow, Inc2018-10-30
      • "Work environment"

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        Current Employee - Advisory Senior in Arlington, VA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

        I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        Professional and nice colleagues. Very appreciative to excellent work and very supportive managers. Flat organization

        Cons

        Promotion based on many years of loyalty to the organization

        John Snow, Inc2018-10-29
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