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Lois Quam
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "People who work at Pathfinder care about each other, and provide much assistance where needed, around the world(in 4 reviews)

  • "For 60 years, Pathfinder had pioneered in health and rights, and in its commitment to quality and bravery(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "However, some of the executive team has shown a failure to support Pathfinder staff, especially at headquarters(in 7 reviews)

  • "Integrity enhanced, capacity building of national level staff(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great Mission!"

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

    I have been working at Pathfinder International

    Pros

    Staff are committed to the mission of advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Environment is friendly and staff are supportive of each other

    Cons

    Professional growth opportunities are limited but still possible.

    Pathfinder International2016-11-30
  2. Helpful (1)

    "New Organization A Lot of Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pathfinder International full-time

    Pros

    new in DC, potential for a lot of growth

    Cons

    policies, standards, and procedures are not necessarily solidified so it makes for a strange working environment. Lacking in culture, but is new to DC

    Advice to Management

    build your culture. bring youth.

    Pathfinder International2018-12-04
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off 2017"

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

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time

    Pros

    People. Some great people to work with

    Cons

    People who value themselves and their work more than what the company does or what other need

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and what they really say

    Pathfinder International2018-11-28
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Biased reorg porcess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time for more than 19 years

    Pros

    Organization is restructuring new hires may get advatage

    Cons

    Funders are loosing trust on this org and revenue declining.

    Advice to Management

    Do not trust outside consultant rather apply your own judgement for strategic plan!

    Pathfinder International2018-07-11
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Dedicated staff changing lives"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pathfinder International for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pathfinder continues to be a great and strong organization. There are more than 800 smart and talented Pathfinders around the world who are changing the lives of women every single day. The negative reviews of a few people on this site do not reflect everyone's view and sentiments here at all. We are focused on the mission and we are hopeful and positive that the organization changes happening now will result in the best...

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    Cons

    Executive Team lacks cohesiveness and some members need to be more visible and transparent with what they're working on. US staff is at risk of letting the negative vibes of some take their focus away from why we're all here -- for the mission and to change people's lives.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people who are dedicated to Pathfinder, not those who are choosing to leave. CEO should tackle one new initiative at a time. Don't lose the inclusive mood that started with One Pathfinder. Share organizational goals so we are all know and are aiming for the same results.

    Pathfinder International2018-02-14
  6. Helpful (21)

    "Pay Attention to These Reviews!"

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

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are no longer any pros, sadly.

    Cons

    Thank goodness Glassdoor encourages public reviews of organizations so we can protect those who may consider employment. These reviews are NOT disgruntled employees or former employees airing their differences with the management. These are good, hard working, and caring people who have been abused, discriminated against, and consistently lied to by HR while the CEO and board support the actions. The questions that...

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    Advice to Management

    What else is there to say? You should be ashamed.

    Pathfinder International2018-02-07
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are extremely brilliant and passionate about their work, friendly.

    Cons

    Separate/individualized projects cause confusion and miscommunication

    Pathfinder International2018-01-03
  8. Helpful (27)

    "Grieve for what was an incredible organization"

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

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time

    Pros

    For 60 years, Pathfinder had pioneered in health and rights, and in its commitment to quality and bravery. Pathfinder would engineer new frontiers for women and communities and back it up in word and deed. We delivered for those most in need.

    Cons

    What began as a well intentioned re-org was quickly co-opted by someone in leadership who proported to be acting in the best interests of others but who has since demonstrated she is solely out for her own gain. With the guise of open collaboration and respect for honest exchange of ideas, the leader of this re-org used staff's willingness to believe in her to gain information that she then used to identify those who...

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    Advice to Management

    Do whatever is necessary to reinstate the few people left who could bring Pathfinder back to its former pillars of strength. If you are a board member reading this: you have never had a more pivotal moment to act than now. Pathfinder's reputation is crumbling. What a horrible way to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Many of us have left, but we still hope that Pathfinder can be saved.

    Pathfinder International2017-10-15
  9. Helpful (21)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Out early on Fridays and great group to work with before the layoff

    Cons

    As soon as the the new President arrived things went down hill fast. We thought we could trust her but she proved that wrong. She does not care about people only money.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting go of good people only to turn and replace them weeks later. Shame on you.

    Pathfinder International2017-10-09
  10. Helpful (25)

    "Dancing bears"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pathfinder International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of pros about Pathfinder. That is history.

    Cons

    Let's start with dancing bears. The CEO asked country directors to "perform" song or dance for the board of directors - mind you, the country directors (host country nationals) are experienced public health professionals, doctors, midwives, PHDs etc. Sing and dance, really?? This is offensive, and in itself is reason for the CEO to step down. Inexcusable for the "leader" of an international development organization....

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    Advice to Management

    Remember that what works in the corporate boardroom doesn't work in international development. You wouldn't hire a plumber to fix your house's electrical system, so why hire leadership that has only (profitably) lived for the bottom line to "lead" an organization that is driven by a humanitarian mission. Time for a reset, and the sooner the better.

    Pathfinder International2017-10-05
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