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Population Services International Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2019

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Found 175 reviews

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Population Services International CEO Karl Hofmann
Karl Hofmann
103 Ratings
Pros
  • "A great place where one is given an opportunity to make decisions regarding the work that they do(in 13 reviews)

  • "Some colleagues and managers are talented; make the work environment more positive(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "The mission of PSI is often overshadowed by the behavior of some senior staff in key positions(in 26 reviews)

  • "Because of some donors requirements, pressure could be very high making work life balance difficult(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Population Services International full-time

      Pros

      Caring and considerate company for employees

      Cons

      None that I can think of.

      Advice to Management

      None

      Population Services International2018-10-30
    • Helpful (6)

      "Ugh!"

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      Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Population Services International full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      The company is seeing some harder times than in the past but smart, level headed leadership at the top is reasonably consistent. Thoughtful business decisions in times of stress reinforce a long-game approach that will likely serve the company well over the longer haul. Reasonably well diversified revenue stream provides a bit more stability than some organizations might have during transitional (administration) changes...

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      Cons

      Disastrous HR leadership function (5 leaders in fewer years) that has plagued the organization for far too long and the role has been a revolving door of interim support and poor choices since the departure of their former VP of HR. PSI’s most recent CHRO realized too late that they weren’t entirely up for the job and turned tail in less than a year on the job. The current HR culture is toxic and unfriendly with a talented...

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      Advice to Management

      Sadly there’s not enough trust to have this conversation face-to-face but you already know what you need to do. Fix HR. Your people are the core of your success. They are not human capital, or worker bees, or puzzle pieces or whatever you might call them. They are intelligent people that have chosen to lend their skills to you and a mission that resonates with them. This benefits you but should not be taken for...

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      Population Services International2019-07-01
    • "Trying it's best"

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      Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Population Services International full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Field-based offices are dynamic and involved in direct implementation

      Cons

      HQ office is the administrative and compliance hub

      Advice to Management

      As technology progresses to allow for increased global collaboration and (via O365 suite), HQ should expand it's remote worker policy.

      Population Services International2019-05-28
    • Helpful (4)

      "AVOID THE SINKING SHIP"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Mission and Vision is great with few great workers who are intelligent, hardworking and dedicated to the purpose of the organization

      Cons

      Where to start - management style, downward revenue, the confusing new structure, demotivated and frustrated staff, increased attrition and virtually non-existent HR Department.The biggest issue currently is the so-called new structure which has resulted in increased silos and confused junior staff. PSI's promotional/recruitment policies are a joke and one can get a position by being in PSI for decades even if incompetent,...

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      Advice to Management

      Don't just listen to VP's and Directors but talk with staff at the operational level to get the right pulse of the organization. If it continues like this, time is not far when this great organization would lose its credibility in the market and good talent would skip the organization.

      Population Services International2019-05-15
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great learning experience"

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        Former Employee - Consultant 

        I worked at Population Services International full-time

        Pros

        Wonderful opportunity to grow as a professional beginning my career. Supportive, humble, intelligent and driven staff.

        Cons

        The workload can be intense, but ultimately rewarding.

        Population Services International2019-04-12
      • "Mission-driven"

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        Current Employee - Director 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Population Services International full-time

        Pros

        Driven by a clear and inspiring mission; fun place to work; great colleagues

        Cons

        Struggling to find balance of authority HQ to field; a few senior level staff lack empathy and produce a painful a work environment in their unit

        Population Services International2019-04-01
      • Helpful (1)

        "Beware"

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        Former Employee - Occupational Therapist 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook

        I worked at Population Services International full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Great to work with schools and kids

        Cons

        Poor support from management

        Advice to Management

        Take interest in your employees

        Population Services International2019-04-06
      • Helpful (5)

        "Not exactly what I expected of such a large nonprofit"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Flexible work environment. Friendly coworkers who like to have fun. Everyone wants to meet and collaborate on the next big thing.

        Cons

        Leadership needs help figuring out what it means to be an effective leader.

        Advice to Management

        Invest in HQ operations, people, policies, procedures, and tools.

        Population Services International2019-02-10
      • "IT Network Administrator"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

        I worked at Population Services International for more than a year

        Pros

        It environment enable to work independently and submission within time

        Cons

        The Past Leadership ( Deputy Country Rep.) was very much personal ( that was before 2015 April when I left)

        Advice to Management

        Be able to pass independent judgement about your employee, and try to trust their Judgement for the good of the organization

        Population Services International2019-01-10
      • Helpful (2)

        "Back in the day"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Population Services International full-time

          Pros

          When PSI was a start up — way b4 2014...

          Cons

          Got too big and bureaucratic

          Advice to Management

          Too heavy can topple over

          Population Services International2018-12-19
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