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Population Services International Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Population Services International President & CEO Karl Hofmann
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Pros
  • PSI loves to hire from inside, so if you're interested in health or development, it can be a great place to start out (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits and fair compensation (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is compromised with a lot of deadlines that need to be met (in 10 reviews)

  • junior staff worth paying attention to will rise to the top anyway (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Population Services International full-time

    Pros

    -Passionate, driven staff at all levels of the organization
    -Unique approach that makes it possible to avoid pitfalls that similar organizations face

    Cons

    HQ staff sometimes seem removed from realities on the ground


  2. "Good Place to Gain Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Population Services International full-time

    Pros

    Hard working staff(entry-mid), good friendships out of office, good experience builder it transitioning, coming out of school or have less than 3 yrs of solid work experience. The entry to mid level staff work extremely hard and seem to spend long time at work. Saving grace is that among entry-mid levels good friendshships exist and not unusual to spend a lot of time outside of work with co-workers (atleast those without kids). The professional connections you can make can propel you down the road

    Cons

    The work life balance is preached but not practices. Employees seem to work at 150% to be rated at 80% or meets expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on all around ground of entry-mid level staff. Organization is large enough that opportunities to rotate around country platforms should be available. Fellowship caters to entry level, something for mid levels should be developed. Maybe a manager rotation program.

  3. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Population Services International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent team work and mission of organization

    Cons

    Not this time. The company is doing great!

    Advice to Management

    NA


  4. "Opportunities"

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

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Friendly people
    Supportive supervisors
    Interdepartmental cooperation

    Cons

    PSI had a fellowship program which would be a great opportunity for many interns and young professionals/recent grads to get experience in ID.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "HR Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time

    Pros

    Good experience, great company culture.

    Cons

    HR Department needs to be restructured.


  6. "I was an intern - only there for 2 months"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Washington, DC

    I worked at Population Services International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large group, friendly employees
    Interesting ideas/projects

    Cons

    Didn't involve interns in projects


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience, paid holidays off, flexible schedule

    Cons

    High workload, interns paid hourly

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I like the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Population Services International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, Innovation, Upper management, interesting job

    Cons

    Career growth, some people do the same job for 20 years and do not move forward

    Advice to Management

    Develop a plan to motivate people to learn and grow.


  9. "Ghastly"

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

    I worked at Population Services International (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was employed, which is good.

    Cons

    Remarkable arrogance is a cultural norm. Shame they have little tobactual ll y be arrogant about.

    Advice to Management

    Look up the word humility


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Pay attention to retention"

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

    Pros

    PSIers are passionate about the Mission and fueled by the desire to use efficient and evidenced-based approaches to meet the needs of the populations they serve. Strong friendships thrive under this united drive and are the reason many stay.

    Cons

    Echoing what many reviews have said, an increasing toxic environment at the upper level ranks threatens retention of many seasoned staff. Talks of several mid- to upper-level mgt. walking are increasingly whispered throughout the halls. Odd since recruitment and retention are a high PSI priority yet senior HR leadership are not trained in the personnel mgt. field and don't work from HQ. Years of consistent HR missteps contribute to the problem.

    Advice to Management

    Hear what these reviews are saying. Staff of all ranks love PSI, but need to feel secure and supported and VALUED in their positions. Look closely at those leading the retention efforts and make the necessary changes as they might be the very reason many are considering jumping ship.


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