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Médecins Sans Frontières Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Friendly but professional working environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was great, and was a unique opportunity to live in a new place and interact with international staff (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • National staff are at times treated as an after thought (in 8 reviews)

  • Poor HR management (both in the field and in the office) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Passionate work, great coworkers, mission driven"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're passionate about global issues, emergencies, health, and doing something meaningful, this is your place. The organization is thoughtful, inclusive, and self-critical. Co-workers are achievement oriented, but have a positive outlook.

    Cons

    Not enough women in leadership roles in the US office. Not very many in middle management so communication to the highest levels can be truncated at times. Too much asking of staff insights and then not visibly taking them into account. If employed by US office, very very little opportunity to go to the field unless you change careers to be one that is in the field entirely.


  2. "If you're passionate and hard-working, you've come to the right place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time

    Pros

    Committed, hard-working staff who are mission-oriented
    Excellent benefits (NYC)
    Casual office culture doesn't require that you are "someone else" at work
    The organization is always questioning and reflecting on its actions to learn from their mistakes

    Cons

    Organizational inertia due to a number of factors including dispersed and oft-ignored decision-making mechanisms
    Poor HR management (both in the field and in the office)

  3. "Supply Chain Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Challenging and dynamic working environment, with focus on mankind conditions. Allows to think fast and always adapt to the continuously changing situation.

    Cons

    Unstable & war-zone working places throughout the world. Though exciting, being always away from the family is not that easy to get used to.

    Advice to Management

    Management should not only be about giving instruction to our subordinate but instead to share they daily constraints and be a key in their professional development and success.


  4. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People at MSF-USA generally have their hearts in the right place and strive to be fair. Over time, there has been an increasing concern with employee welfare. Though salaries may be on the low side, benefits are very good. People take their jobs seriously but also like to have fun.

    Cons

    The staff is on average very young, so a more seasoned professional may feel "old".

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. "international posting"

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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

    extremely rewarding and beneficiary oriented. job satisfaction, interesting and motivated colleagues

    Cons

    hard to readjust back home with other employers. is a bubble within humanitarian sector


  6. "Honest, Transparent, and Mission aligned"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Médecins Sans Frontières full-time

    Pros

    The organization is committed to it's mission. The staff wants transparency, honesty, and to serve its patients more than anything. Everyone in the office is working in support of one mission and uses their talents and expertise to support that mission.

    Cons

    As with any nonprofit, especially an organization that is committed to its patients the salary is less than ideal especially for living in NYC. However the benefits are incredibly jealous and people love coming to work everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do wonderful work.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great "brand" but very dubious hr practices"

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

    I worked at Médecins Sans Frontières (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nobel prize winner, great for medical staff or an entry in to humanitarian and or development work, known as an organization that helps.

    Cons

    Reality between the image and reality can be jarring. Cult like and some people have a hard time separating the organization from their persona, which can be problematic. HR policy based on favoritism, not job performance or even ethics. Some expat staff, particularly men regularly break code of ethics and even have criminal records in their country of origin but are sent to the field none the less. Inappropriate behavior berenger some staff both expat and national and local sex workers is an open secret. Shades of discrimination, especially by older staff with a distinct preference for white European staff. An inability at times to see anything from a non European point of view. Glaring lack of diversity in hq despite most projects being in non white countries. Several mentally unstable hq and country management staff. 0 discretion and at times a puerile environment to work in. People breaking down and crying at work was common. National staff are at times treated as an after thought.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up shop!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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


  9. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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