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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. "Leadership on grant management"

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    Current Contractor - Grants Manager in Lira, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    JSI is a good employer ,rewards good performance and pays good salary

    Cons

    JSI does not have a local office and some time decisions at Home office delay for a few days .

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    John Snow, Inc2019-07-02
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Project management & admin rules, flexible working possible but not for lateral thinkers or change agents"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Adviser in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility in working arrangements. If you can drive an issue and also get money in the door this is a great place - especially if you are starting out in global health or mid career. Great if you want to implement a project in country, not ask too many questions and keep your head down. Fantastic maternity benefits and great place if you are a young woman. Great people generally. Great office environment.

    Cons

    Easy to get stuck on one project or team - very hard to change without knowing someone in the 'inner circle'. JSI is actually quite hierarchical - although you can talk to people at different levels, decision making is often opaque. Long term staffers are in charge, sometimes resistant to change and can be 'group think' at times. Not really place for people who may want to get involved with policy changes at global level. Progression and career development very dependent on supervisor relationship - lots of subjective decisions on who gets what. Not much thinking or corporate emphasis on integration, PHC or health systems - driven by projects that are more issue / program / disease specific.

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    John Snow, Inc2020-01-02
  3. "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 for 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
  4. "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
  5. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a fantastic place to work. Benefits are great, staff are given a huge amount of autonomy, and the company is wholly committed to doing good work to benefit marginalized populations.

    Cons

    The company has a relatively "flat" structure, meaning it can be challenging to chart a path of career progression.

    John Snow, Inc2018-08-02
  6. "Great benefits and work culture"

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, knowledgeable colleagues who are passionate about what they do, and great benefits--JSI practices what it preaches by providing top-of-the-line healthcare, maternity leave and other benefits to its employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be hard to hold people who don't do their work accountable.

    John Snow, Inc2018-06-08
  7. "Enabling work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collegial environment, leave your ego at the door, get the work done. JSI is about its mission and employees. Here is an organization that doesn't feel the need to re-invent itself every 5 minutes.

    Cons

    IT in dire need of overhaul.

    John Snow, Inc2018-06-01
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    "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
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at John Snow, Inc

    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.

    John Snow, Inc2017-08-04
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great colleagues, but management stuck in 1983"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at John Snow, Inc

    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.

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    John Snow, Inc2017-06-09

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