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Médecins Sans Frontières Reviews

Updated March 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Friendly but professional working environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was great, and was a unique opportunity to live in a new place and interact with international staff (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Compared to most NGO low salaries for international staff (in 5 reviews)

  • Poor management, high turnover combined with a backbone of 'lifers' who are disconnected with the outside world (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great org, office issues"

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

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring people, effective org, highly motivated staff

    Cons

    Management issues, lack of communication from top down


  2. Helpful (1)

    "One of the premier humanitarian organizations in the world."

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    Former Employee - Expat Coordinator
    Former Employee - Expat Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Name recognition; will be exposed to a full range of field conditions; safety is usually very important and thus even in conflict zones one shouldn't be too worried. ability to travel and meet new people; for some professions a rare opportunity to be "hands on" with beneficiaries.

    Cons

    Poor pay; politicized management at OCs; long term staff who dominate capital posts who are non medical are often there because they can't get a post elsewhere (not enough education; language skill, etc.) for other organizations; expat staff are often painfully less experienced than local staff, leading to a lack of credibility at times; cowboy attitude with some msf staff; organization is very holier than thou; lack of discretion and at times professionalism by senior management. Inappropriate behavior with local women/men by some expat staff not properly addressed. Desperation, particularly for French speakers leads to questionable human resource decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more professional HR people and change the Msf culture as the organization is changing and so is the context. Turnover is too high.


  3. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    workplace and everything are transparent, people are nice, and working environment is good.

    Cons

    low pay, not so organized

    Advice to Management

    more pay


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  5. "Disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time

    Pros

    Great mission. Training opportunities abound. Office is filled with passionate, social people.

    Cons

    No middle management whatsoever. Poor communication. Bizarrely hierarchical. Little advancement opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better middle management. You have the money.


  6. "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment; the organization is very transparent with the great work that they are doing around the globe.

    Cons

    Overall my experience was very positive. Depending on what department you are in, there can be little opportunity for advancement.


  7. "MSF Access Campaign"

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

    Pros

    - Great company environment!
    - Very friendly staff

    Cons

    - Poorly organized and sometimes all over the place - but i think this is common of a non profit.

    Advice to Management

    You are great!


  8. "Do Good Things with MSF"

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    Current Employee - Field Logistician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Logistician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great organization that is firm in its mission and full of good people. They work hard to find you an assignment that suits your skills and matches your availability.

    Cons

    Communication is often lacking, the pay is quite bad (especially for the first twelve months that you or on assignment in the field), and there is a lot of political nonsense between the five main European offices.

    Advice to Management

    Don't worry quite so much about keeping expats with the same OC they have previously deployed with; most just want to get out there and work.


  9. "medical doctor"

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    Current Employee - Medical Doctor
    Current Employee - Medical Doctor
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -Multiple cultural interaction
    -enormous field experience
    - opportunity to change the life of different people, who are underprivileged.

    Cons

    -Very low pay.
    -You may spend time between contracts and stay jobless for a while.
    -Stressful environment/high risk threshold by the company.

    Advice to Management

    -Increase the pay.
    -Need more organization of the work, support and clear picture before employing you.


  10. "Researcher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is easy to align with. There is a lot of internal reflection within the organization, and all decisions and commitments are questioned, which is healthy. It's a supportive work environment, with room for growth, and the work is incredibly rewarding

    Cons

    It's a huge organization, so it can feel a bit siloed at times. It can also take some time to really get to know the organization as a new comer.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for middle management. This is lacking in many offices, and means that the burden of responsibility can fall on two few people.


  11. "Wonderful Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières (Less than a year)

    Pros

    MSF's paid internship program was a great opportunity, managers are often interested in giving interns tasks and responsibilities, the environment is fun, opening, and welcome.

    Cons

    A lot of my work was very independent and I would have liked to be part of the team more, but if you're assertive you can get more tasks. My time there was clearly a transition time so there was a lot of (physical) disorganization in the office.



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