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Physicians for Human Rights Reviews

Updated Jan 2, 2019

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Physicians for Human Rights CEO Donna McKay
Donna McKay
18 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee - Wonderful Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Chief Development Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Physicians for Human Rights full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is not in my nature to write a review. I am not one of those people that rates restaurants or hotels, I usually keep my comments to myself (both positive and negative). But I am aware that it is human nature to only give a review when they have had a negative experience, and keep positive feedback to themselves. It is for this reason that I am writing my review of PHR today. I was shocked to find that anyone (current...

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    Cons

    PHR is at a very exciting moment in its history. We are on the verge of major growth that will mean an expansion of our work to further our mission. With all moments of change and growth, the organization can face some challenges. With that said, I have been overwhelmingly impressed with the steps that EMT and our executive director have taken to address growing pains. One thing that is needed for sustainable growth is...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue the work you are doing which includes clarity and transparency. I appreciate that even the minutes of your weekly EMT meetings are shared with the entire organization, so everyone is "in the know" on what is being discussed at the highest level.

    Physicians for Human Rights2018-01-10
  2. "Very welcoming work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Physicians for Human Rights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As someone who is in the early stages of their career, I can't imagine having not worked at PHR. I had an opportunity to learn about all aspects of PHR's work in every department and gain a deeper understanding of how nonprofits function in the human rights field. The best part about PHR is the staff. Everyone is extremely driven, kind, passionate about their work, and willing to teach others about their areas of expertise....

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    Cons

    Some aspects of the decision making process by management at times felt stalled and unclear in their reasoning. However, during my time at PHR, management asked for feedback and took steps to implement the suggestions they received from staff.

    Physicians for Human Rights2019-01-02
  3. "Plagued by all-too-common problems in the industry"

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

    I worked at Physicians for Human Rights full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For an early to mid-career professional, Physicians for Human Rights could be a good place to raise your visibility, garner credibility for human rights at a legacy organization, and to learn from experienced colleagues. If you are a self-starter, you may do well here...for a time.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, PHR is a legacy organization struggling to remain relevant in an industry that is rapidly consolidating. While it may seem like NGOs have never been more prevalent, and funding abundant, that proliferation is resulting in a fight for resources, and consolidation of funding amongst the biggest players. PHR is not the biggest player in the human rights game, and is subject to the whims of projects it can...

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    Advice to Management

    Beware staff turnover. It is a problem - even if it seems like it's common in the NGO world. It's a universal problem, not a universal fact of life. Strive to be better.

    Physicians for Human Rights2018-11-08
  4. "Development Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Physicians for Human Rights full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth and skill-building. The team is relatively small and fast-moving, so there's always opportunity to take on new responsibilities.

    Cons

    With room for taking on new responsibilities and tasks means department bandwidth is usually stretched.

    Physicians for Human Rights2018-09-14
  5. Helpful (2)

    "no true vision and does not value employees"

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

    I worked at Physicians for Human Rights full-time

    Pros

    The staff, especially junior level, are so passionate about the work. I made lifelong friendships with many of the people I was able to work with and can honestly say was inspired and felt so honored to work with such amazing people.

    Cons

    I think its clear to see - even just from these reviews - that there is a hierarchical structure in place that allows the senior staff to have all the resources they need to succeed and do well at PHR. They get paid very well, while the junior level staff get paid under what is considered to be livable wages in New York. The people this organization serves are not represented in staff or when they are they get treated...

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    Advice to Management

    Prioritize retention and value the staff you have. Transparency is also key - there is no true sense of salary bands or what the different level of roles & responsibilities are or how to move up. Invest in consultants to help clean up the mess that has been made.

    Physicians for Human Rights2018-08-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "A little perspective"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Physicians for Human Rights full-time

    Pros

    To those reading these reviews, a bit of perspective: for whatever reason, this website has become a dumping ground for disgruntled staff - current and former - who do not and have not dealt with their grievances in a productive manner. In fact, the reviews on here of become somewhat of an inside joke for staff and posting a scathing review is a right of passage for staff when they leave. Beyond being riddled with...

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    Cons

    PHR isn't perfect - there is high staff turnover, we don't have good solutions for dealing with vicarious trauma, and there are poor internal communication channels which means that staff often feel poorly informed and left out. Most of our challenges are operational in nature, and I think we just hired a terrific DFA, so I have high hopes that a lot will change at PHR for the better in the next 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the areas of current weakness and talk to us about what you are doing to improve them. I know the ED struggles with showing vulnerability, but it would be helpful to have a frank discussion about internal challenges so we can all feel like we are part of the solution. I would also suggest that leadership coaching for the ED might be helpful. She has a tendency to micromanage all departments, so having...

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    Physicians for Human Rights2018-04-27
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Help! Everyone is leaving!"

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

    I have been working at Physicians for Human Rights full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The mandate of the organization is amazing and a much needed niche in the current human rights climate. Many of my colleagues are wonderful ... those that are left, that is (see below).

    Cons

    Where to start? A complete lack of expertise at the leadership level has lead to the organization hemorrhaging staff, in particular from the program side. And when I say a lack of expertise, I mean substantively (no one at the leadership level has human rights expertise), but also in terms of fundraising, management know-how, financial processes, and basic how-to-run a not-for-profit know-how. The place is running...

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    Advice to Management

    Take some empathy classes, get over yourselves, and ask the board to do their job and fire the ED.

    Physicians for Human Rights2018-04-21
  8. "Inspiring mission; proud legacy as innovator in the field"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Physicians for Human Rights full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Focused on making change in some of the most forgotten places; incredible medical volunteers; talented and hard-working staff; Great teamwork across multiple locations.

    Cons

    Struggling with need for stronger infrastructure and operational plan for future; Need for greater delegation from the top; chronic funding struggles like many non-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Work on staff retention and stability; build more paths to professional advancement; take some financial risks to get the program work done. Continue to improve transparency and communication within the organization

    Physicians for Human Rights2018-01-21
  9. Helpful (20)

    "Stay Far Away"

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

    I worked at Physicians for Human Rights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    With a few notable exceptions, the people at PHR are what will keep you sane for your short stint at the organization. PHR has found a way to hire some of the most exceptionally qualified and decent people you will have the pleasure of working with.

    Cons

    I’d like to first flag that the Research Associate review dated October 2017 on this site is fake. The beauty of working at a small organization is that you get to know your coworkers pretty well. I knew the people who held this position and they without a doubt did not write this review. It’s fake—and there will be more. If you are a potential candidate, do your research and contact an actual human being (outside of...

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    Advice to Management

    Don’t treat your staff like disposable commodities and then you won’t have to write fake reviews.

    Physicians for Human Rights2018-01-13
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Physicians for Human Rights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High impact work and amazing colleagues

    Cons

    Compensation slightly below industry standards in metropolitan area

    Physicians for Human Rights2017-10-11
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