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Plan International Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Some great people work here and the spirit among field workers is quite positive (in 3 reviews)

  • Very dedicated and hardworking staff - especially at the field level (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management lack direction (in 2 reviews)

  • Sponsorship money doesn't get to the communities for which they are intended as overhead costs are out of control (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Plan USA Temp-Warwick"

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    Former Employee - Donor Support Assistant in Cranston, RI
    Former Employee - Donor Support Assistant in Cranston, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plan International (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were a few nice people in the donor support department. Work was okay. Nothing too stressful. Management was okay.

    Cons

    Pay was terrible. As a temp, I felt as though I was used. I stayed there for close to a year, but it was not possible to become permanent. When I did try going for a position, I was turned down. I personally would never want to work there again. As a temp, I was left out of company activities.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your temps better! Do invite them to attend company activities! Offer better wages as well. Plan USA pays a pittance.


  2. "Emergency Response"

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    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Scarsdale, NY
    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Scarsdale, NY

    I worked at Plan International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Globally I think this is probably a great company...

    Cons

    in Haiti it was a disaster.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "International Development NGO with Potential"

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    Former Employee - Lower Level Staff in Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Lower Level Staff in Warwick, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Current CEO, Tessie San Martin wonderful business leader and visionary. Changing the Organization name from Plan USA to Plan International USA. The development of DC office.

    Cons

    Management - Executive Team and Directors - some not all lack critical expertise in the positions they hold which effects employee loyalty,moral, and trust. Moral for the DC office on the decline after such high hopes.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear culture, hold manager accountable, assess their skill sets and performance better before giving them 5% pay increases blindly and lowering pay increases for the true performers.


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  5. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and compensations. Good people.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to advance quickly.


  6. "Plan International"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plan International full-time

    Pros

    The organization does good work helping children and girls in poor countries. The stated values of the organization are great but they aren't lived out in all of the country offices

    Cons

    Some countries hire unqualified, nepotistic and dishonest leadership such as in Ethiopia and they seem to be protected by their supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you hire people who align with organizational core values of honesty, integrity and transparency


  7. "Passionate but lacks efficiency"

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

    Pros

    The people who work at Plan are driven by the mission, driven by a bigger and better cause. We truly want to improve the lives of children around the world.

    Cons

    However, passion does not necessarily translate to efficiency. The government structure of the federation hinders efficiency and can make processes take longer than it should.

    Advice to Management

    Incentives junior associates to stay. The turnover rate is extremely high. It is hard to move up. Pay is low.


  8. "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Direct Approach Fundraising Advocate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Direct Approach Fundraising Advocate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plan International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive team, Learn so much on the job about yourself and how to communicate to others. Internal training and opportunities to work in rural areas for a week.

    Cons

    Very challenging to some people. Targets to reach and can be overwhelming at times.


  9. "Plan Paraguay"

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    Former Employee - Gender Coordinator in Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)
    Former Employee - Gender Coordinator in Asuncion, Central (Paraguay)
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Plan International (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company maintains international standards and protocols for employees in terms of transparency and respect in hiring, salaries and benefits, legal working hours, vacations, social security benefits, employee development, use of funds, etc. Good place to learn about human rights, development projects, issues that affect children in Paraguay. The employees all had good intentions, were very nice, and generally interested in the issues.

    Cons

    Poor coordination and communication among areas. A tendency to politicization and cliques. Poor understanding of rights for a rights based organization.

    Advice to Management

    Create better ways to communicate, keep employees informed, and planning for areas to work together.


  10. "Start by listening"

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

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

    Pros

    Some great people work here and the spirit among field workers is quite positive.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't take seriously the concerns of the field. Sponsorship money doesn't get to the communities for which they are intended as overhead costs are out of control.

    Advice to Management

    Start by listening to the field rather than directing. Improve HQ/Field relations


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding work but disappointing senior management"

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

    Pros

    - Very dedicated and hardworking staff - especially at the field level.
    - Significant presence in multiple countries, providing huge potential to make a difference.
    - Significant unrestricted funding, providing the opportunity to invest where it matters most.

    Cons

    - Senior management overly focused on external branding / marketing / PR, at the expense of delivery of good aid work on the ground.
    - Top heavy and bureaucratic headquarters structure with huge disparity in salaries between senior and middle managers and staff.
    - Limited investment in staff development and organisational learning and development.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritise the delivery of good aid work at the field level, listen to staff, reduce the bureaucracy, flatten the HQ structure, reduce salary disparities, and invest in staff development.


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