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Partners in Health Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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  1. "Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    mission driven organization, social, people have good values

    Cons

    not enough transparency from leadership


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Disheartening"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    The organization contains many kind, smart and compassionate people trying to do good. You also never know when an opportunity will pop up to do new and exciting things

    Cons

    Executive leadership treats its employees poorly, largely due to negligence investing in their own personnel and a general lack of transparency. The organization has strayed from its founding principles.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to its own employees. There are very few mechanisms for actual feedback, and the chief officers fail to outline strategy and vision in a way that gives its employees an understanding of future direction.


  3. "current employee"

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

    I have been working at Partners in Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    commitment to the poor and vulnerable unequaled by other organizations

    Cons

    insufficient focus on managing people

    Advice to Management

    focus more on strengthening people management


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  5. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere, camaraderie and feeling of working toward a common goal.

    Cons

    Sense of separation from senior management.


  6. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, medium pay, long lunch breaks

    Cons

    Tight office, medium pay, long commute to office.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    The mission is noble and the fieldwork is a real service to developing nations. The people who work here mean well.

    Cons

    PIH has a very top down approach to management where decisions are made without consulting the staff who has to carry the projects through. There is a stark lack of foresight that leads to the staff scrambling to keep up with the seemingly arbitrary decisions handed down to them.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your staff and trust that they know what they're doing when it comes to their day to day work.


  8. "Great People & Mission, Poor Structure"

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

    I have been working at Partners in Health (More than a year)

    Pros

    -amazing mission
    -fun and dedicated coworkers
    -great new office in Prudential Center
    -*depending on your manager as they vary widely in style* supportive supervisors that help navigate the PIH system and support career growth
    -opportunities to travel abroad

    Cons

    -unclear org structure with sister sites leads to confusion in programs & projects
    -no project management = no institutional memory = repeating flawed projects
    -planning time is not valued and therefore projects are rushed into haphazardly
    -no clear path for growth (depending on team)
    -very high turnover rate. the best people leave for grad school and better opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Sit down and decide on a concrete organizational plan of how Boston relates to the sites. The line between sister site and headquarters is danced around a lot and leads to frustration on both sides and worse outcomes for people in the field.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Just like any other NGO"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Partners in Health (More than a year)

    Pros

    Junior and field staff are extremely dedicated to the mission which is inspiring. Nice to be associated with Global Health rockstars such as Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Jim Kim.

    Cons

    Disconnected management to junior staff in terms of poor management structure and lack of cohesive, detailed plan to moving the organization forward. For instance, individual teams often pushed forward their own initiatives which meant well but not clear how they fit into any broader strategy. Inability to deal with known deficiencies in healthcare delivery. In one meeting, the Executive Director at the time - Ophelia Dahl - mentioned that PIH was not doing a good job of understanding the social determinants of poverty and how that links to implementing progressive healthcare at field sites. Colleagues in the communications department mentioned friction and disconnect between the development team and the communications department. This is what many other good NGOs are also struggling to deal with. The only important difference between PIH and other good health NGOs was that they were able to raise huge amount of funds due to branding from being associated with Paul Farmer and Jim Kim. Whether this is fair or not depends on one's point of view. Poor growth opportunities for junior staff. HQ location is in an expensive part of Boston.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a cohesive senior management team to develop and promulgate a management plan that falls in line with strategic goals.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Worst working culture I've ever experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Serious examination of upper management desperately required.


  11. "Great place to work!"

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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 Partners in Health full-time

    Pros

    - Amazing mission
    - Smart, hard-working people
    - Lots of recent improvement in systems and processes

    Cons

    - Very complex place to navigate



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