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John Snow, Inc President Joel Lamstein
Joel Lamstein
123 Ratings
Pros
  • "JSI is a good employer ,rewards good performance and pays good salary(in 22 reviews)

  • "Staff are shown respect by upper management and work-life balance is generally promoted through office policies(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "JSI is actually quite hierarchical - although you can talk to people at different levels, decision making is often opaque(in 16 reviews)

  • "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)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding and the salaries are decent, but the biggest benefit to working at JSI is the work culture; JSI staff are incredibly smart and earnestly dedicated to improving the lives of others. Staff are shown respect by upper management and work-life balance is generally promoted through office policies. Although work weeks can sometimes stretch beyond a 40-50/week, staff are given a lot of leeway to work remotely when they need to. JSI is a flat organization and entry-level staff learn a ton on the job. Junior staff are often inundated with uncreative administrative work, but the payoff is an up-close look at project management, travel, and mentorship. The company's "brown bag lunches" offer frequent opportunities to learn about different projects that are being implemented across the company. Upper management is both highly respected and extremely approachable. JSI's president and founder, Joel Lamstein, also teaches courses BU and Harvard School of Public Health and has an obvious interest in mentoring young people. What a great place! I left to pursue a career change, but could have stayed and would highly recommend to others.

    Cons

    Because the bulk of JSI's work is done in partnership with government agencies and the projects are large, there is a level of bureaucracy that leads to a lot of extra administrative work and a slowness to adopt practices and technologies that are based on the latest technologies and market trends. If you're looking for a fast-paced start-up culture, this place will frustrate you. The drawback of the company's 'flat' organizational structure is sometimes a lack of efficiency--more people than necessary may be pulled into meetings or encouraged to offer input. This slows things down and leads to an overburdening of staff with disparate tasks.

    John Snow, Inc2017-09-28
  2. "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).

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    John Snow, Inc2019-03-12
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  4. "Graduate Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    Great people, good hearts, interesting work across many continents

    Cons

    Little in the way of upward mobility for entry level personnel

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    John Snow, Inc2018-01-24
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place - only ok for entry level"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -excellent benefits (401k contribution, health premiums covered, time off, sick leave, education reimbursement up to 2/3) -very smart, passionate people -weekly happy hours / social events -awesome offices overlooking DC skyline -fairly transparent (though starting to question)

    Cons

    -lots of opportunities depend on your personal manager and project -entry level is basically preached that you stay for two years, then you're no longer welcome without an advanced degree -low salaries -no clear advancement set, and you have to fight for those

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    John Snow, Inc2016-06-29
  6. "Great culture, entry-level compensation sub-par"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. Lots of heart and dedication to its public health work.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for those joining at entry-level to move up in their careers and the entry-level compensation is non-negotiable and not competitive. Annual cost of living increase is capped at 3% (except with rare exception for 5%) -

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    John Snow, Inc2016-04-29
  7. "Great office culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Positive atmosphere -Encourages a relaxed attitude

    Cons

    -Management issues in terms of providing opportunities for entry-level individuals -Have to be aggressive to get the opportunities

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    John Snow, Inc2016-04-14
  8. "Program Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good office culture, nice people doing good work.

    Cons

    Very very limited professional growth opportunities for junior staff. There is a huge gap between senior level management and technical staff compared to newer, entry level professionals. Career growth definitely depends on the particular team you are on.

    John Snow, Inc2016-04-12
  9. "Program Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Great company, smart and dedicated people, good benefits, and excellent work.

    Cons

    Not many positions available for mid-level professionals, but it is a great entry-level job.

    John Snow, Inc2015-12-16
  10. "Amazing Work Culture"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is extremely supportive and friendly. Management and supervisors make an effort to ensure a decent work/life balance. There is very little competition among employees, and I love the flat organizational structure-it makes entry-level employees feel like their viewpoint matters just as much as upper-level management.

    Cons

    There is no clear career path for entry-level and mid-level employees. At times people are promoted to management positions who are very knowledgeable in their technical area, but are not great managers.

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    John Snow, Inc2015-05-16
  11. Helpful (5)

    "poor management"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    - this is a nice place for entry level people, who are often given opportunities and tasks far above what might be given to them in a comparable organization.

    Cons

    - minimal to no organizational strategy. The senior management are out of touch, and make decisions capriciously and in secret. - nepotisim (people promoted based on longevity, and not talent or abilities) - horisontal structure well touted, but equates to no oversight of work products or quality. There is little incentive for this as incompetent people thrive in this environment with no oversight. - no recourse for the above - senior management squashes and dissent

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    John Snow, Inc2015-02-12

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