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Updated Dec 29, 2022

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Found 126 of over 154 reviews
3.3
58% Recommend to a Friend
53% Approve of CEO

Found 118 of over 154 reviews

3.3
58%
Recommend to a Friend
53%
Approve of CEO
Pathfinder International CEO Lois Quam (no image)
Lois Quam
51 Ratings

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great mission

    Dec 29, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission. Dedicated staff. Challenging and meaningful work.

    Cons

    Pos or neg experience depends on your team.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Awesome Mission, Many Fabulous Colleagues, Terrible Leadership

    Aug 31, 2022 - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The SRHR mission is what keeps everyone going, and the organization has many wonderful, collaborative people in it who are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Sadly, the very top leadership behave in a highly insecure way, lacks transparency, and has pushed away many of its wisest, most ethical, capable and passionate professionals. As many current and past employees have noted, loyalty and short lived facades of glamour and promise are what has been rewarded and promoted into many positions of leadership by the CEO the last few years (not all but too many). This has led to terrible morale, and the crumbling of what used to be a collaborative workplace full of satisfied, competent people. While there are still many wonderful employees, they often keep their great ideas to themselves because opposition has been consistently punished. I would not recommend joining this organization as a new employee. Find a better option if you care about your own well being.

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    5 people found this review helpful
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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not a good place

    Sep 25, 2022 - Program Coordinator 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are good and there is a work life balance

    Cons

    Please run as fast as you can. I don't recommend working here for more than a year or you will go nuts. It is an awful place. Senior management are bullies. They will discourage you and put you down at every opportunity.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Mission - disorganized

    Aug 24, 2022 - Sr. Manager, Operations 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Helping women and youth in underserved communities

    Cons

    Very disorganized and constantly changing leaders

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    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Hoping the board will save pathfinder…

    Nov 8, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission, smart and dedicated staff, good benefits

    Cons

    Culture of retaliation and silence under current CEO. The message of board chair to employees seemed to be that loyalty is more important than transparency. It seems that anyone who speaks up is fired eventually. Laid off employees required to sign NDAs to get severance so that they can’t share negative experiences. Technical staff fired for speaking up. Also heard rumors of plans to reach out to former employees current employers (who didn’t sign NDAs) to complain about their negative posts about pathfinder. No legitimate response to the claims raised in recent articles. Can’t keep their talking points straight (ie saying the former board members didn’t want the report on founder released and then admitting the reverse was true). When management talks about these current challenges they mention George Floyd and diversity but don’t make a connection between the two issues. Seem like they are creating a facade of diversity and localization without real inclusion. We are told to move on from report on founder but why were investigation/report done if not to reckon with the orgs history?

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    6 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent pay

    May 8, 2022 - Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, excellent pay, most staff are friendly, great mission

    Cons

    More internal structure is needed. Too many meetings about the next meeting

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Sad to read about Pathfinder

    Oct 30, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The mission, the passionate people in the countries, and those dedicated to the mission

    Cons

    It’s sad to read about Pathfinder the country offices must think the U.S. is out of their minds and the current situation is damaging Pathfinder mission and distracting from the important work that must be done. The last chief of HR, was doing important work and people were feeling positive at PI, it started to go down hill after she left. The current President is a cold, unfeeling human being, who has no depth or connection to the mission. Very passionate technical people were fired, they were catalysts for bringing all the amazing technical work together to share learnings across all the locations. HR is a mess, moral is low and the Board chair is an embarrassment.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Lots of learning, but little career progression

    Mar 19, 2022 - Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Many opportunities to take on new leadership opportunities

    Cons

    Little transparency around promotions; work-life balance not optimal

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  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Mortal Kombat

    Aug 5, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good coffee set up (in the office). Love the assortment of milk choices. And you get a paycheck.

    Cons

    Ready. Set. Fight! Round 1: People I have never seen such consistent unprofessional behavior. The place is full of bullies. Unfortunately this behavior is not reserved for the top tier employees. It will be in your face, everyday, sitting next to you. Raise your hand to say something is nuts and YOU are now an issue and over-reactive. Hello gaslighting. Round 2: Jobs are Moving Pathfinder launched a "Country Led, Country Owned" initiative of which one aspect is to move as many jobs as possible out of the US. If you are in the US, there is no point in joining just to lose your job within a year or less. Round 3: The Work Day to day tasks are bogged down by the overwhelming need for buy in and agreement. This gives immense stress and anguish to anyone trying to do a good day's work. No-one will make a decision for fear of hurting someone's feelings so EVERYTHING gets elevated to an exhaustive degree. Also the management team likes to do re-orgs every 6-8 weeks so who knows what your work will look like month to month. KO Knock Out. Fatality! Great place to test your mental and emotional strength. Make sure you have a therapist on speed dial and may the odds be ever in your favor.

    17 people found this review helpful
  11. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Customer support

    Mar 21, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome of day to day dealings

    Cons

    Working overtime to make sure customers were satisfied

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Pathfinder International Reviews FAQs

Pathfinder International has an overall rating of 3.3 out of 5, based on over 154 reviews left anonymously by employees. 58% of employees would recommend working at Pathfinder International to a friend and 58% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 9% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Pathfinder International employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Pathfinder International. This rating has improved by 12% over the last 12 months.

58% of Pathfinder International employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Pathfinder International 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.3 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Pathfinder International to be workplace, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be management, career development, senior leadership.

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