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Pathfinder International Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful, smart colleagues dedicated to great mission (in 8 reviews)

  • Depending on the team, ability to work from home and reasonable work-life balance (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Its too busy, work life balance is sometimes difficult (in 4 reviews)

  • People are leaving because the Executive team is a mean, unkind and unprofessional leadership team (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Where being a straight male doesnt benefit you"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The majority of the employees here are very kind, social and educated. The benefits the company offers is the best ive had in years!

    Cons

    Some of the employees need sensitivity strengthening. This is considered to be a "safe place", unless your not lgbt!

    Advice to Management

    Smarten up!


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Pathfinder is losing its commitment to women's rights and agency"

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

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time

    Pros

    Some of the work done in the field offices is excellent and they deserve support from HQ that they are not getting with the new regime.

    Cons

    It used to be one of the agencies that was courageous and pro-active in addressing sexual and reproductive rights within its programming and in its advocacy in Washington and internationally. It is now waffling on this. Over 30 seasoned people have been excessed in the past year with either no replacement, or replacing with very young, inexperienced staff who don't have the skills to support the field offices to develop strategy. They cost less and don't have strong opinions which the current leadership likes.

    Advice to Management

    Change the leadership. Find people who truly understand and are committed to rights which are fundamental to sexual and reproductive health.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Current Employees Still Looking Over Their Shoulders"

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good staff still working hard through future is unknown

    Cons

    The two persons apparently in charge continue to be cagey about future lay offs and future location of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    The orgainization needs a complete board and leadership overhaul as the current situation is on a downhill slide.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Colonial Overlays"

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

    I have been working at Pathfinder International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission, Committed Staff and Good Benefits!!

    Cons

    Colonial Overlays - is right! Refer to the Devex article. I am happy the CEO and one of the main culprits of this "behavior" recognizes that this organization is thriving on the backs of "others". If a leader identifies from the onset of joining an organization that "colonial" behaviors are prevalent, it would be appropriate to intervene and rectify "it" as #1 priority. Instead a request is sent to country leaders, high performing intellectuals and they are asked to "dance, sing or perform" before the board of directors. Choosing to fly the country directors to HQ and asked them to perform, instead of asking them to educate the board of directors on the challenges faced and impact for which Pathfinders all over the world work hard to achieve. I am incensed to work for an organization that would ask its top leaders ( Engineers, Doctors, etc) to fly to HQ and perform. That has "Colonial Overlays" and I believe it is an insult. When staff from HQ travel to Pathfinder offices all over the world, they have never been asked to perform - instead they find creative ways to collaborate and innovate. Cultural sensitivity is most definitely needed among the leaders at Pathfinder HQ, primarily among the executive team - which lacks real diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your qualified field staff to lead the organization in what they consider the needs to be put the organization back on track, instead of asking them to sing or dance. Above all be respectful of each Pathfinder and don't assume they are part of an exhibit, measure them by their countless contributions, extensive experience and education merits.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Donor relations"

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Dedicated staff pretty iffice

    Cons

    Too many bosses access to data is difficult

    Advice to Management

    Ease up


  6. Helpful (17)

    "The place is melting down - stay away, stay very far away!"

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

    I have been working at Pathfinder International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There were a lot of pros only a few months ago but a new CEO hand-picked by a small number of board members on a power trip cut the rest of the board out, removed or demoted the executives who were the core of the organization keeping only the clueless and vindictive ones -- a recipe to destroy an organization in mere months

    Cons

    Just to add to the above, millions of dollars and years wasted on consultants and staff time to "build a great new culture" only to destroy morale, cut staff and leave those left here miserable and looking for new jobs in any spare moment. "Getting out" is all anyone talks about to those they can trust but the atmosphere is like North Korea, the slightest "dissent" is noted and enemy lists are kept and ruthlessly enforced - you had better smile and say nice things to the "great leaders" or else....It's a place that would make Soviet Russia proud. "Building a great culture" indeed.....

    Advice to Management

    More advice for the 90% of board members who are powerless and have been made irrelevant....step up! This can't be what you intended!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Capable of great things"

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

    I have been working at Pathfinder International full-time

    Pros

    The Pathfinder mission is excellent.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Pathfinder seems to take one step forward but two steps back.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the promises you made.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Management needs Improvement"

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Decent amount of vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Environment is very political, which would be normal with any non-profit organization. But the political climate is more watch your back as opposed to keep in line with government rules and regulations.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, show more respect and appreciation.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Do not go there"

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

    I worked at Pathfinder International full-time

    Pros

    At first it was good but then new President ruined it.

    Cons

    low pay, false image of Management Team

    Advice to Management

    Stop age discrimination against employees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Mission!"

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

    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.


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