Officer (Former Employee) – Africa – March 27, 2017
Major discrepancy in pay between different races. Little room for growth. Lack of mentorship. Too much red tape hence forced to think in box rather than out of the box. The management especially in the Regional Support Office is incompetent and unfair in the execution of justice. Some managers make decisions out of emotions rather than the as per the policy guidelines. Some supervisors treat their staff like children occasionally issuing threats of being fired rather than treating them as professionals. The appraisals are personalized and targeted at personal differences rather than weighty matters such as performance. It was a challenging environment to work in as skills are not recognized rather politics play the day. A lot of favoritism and employment based on friendships rather than expertise. This is more so during appraisal and salary increments.
A lot of exposure due to diverse culture, health care
promotions are not based on merit. high turn over, too much red tape
Medical Supervisor (Former Employee) – Santo domingo, Domincan Republic – July 22, 2015
My work at PSI was very exciting. Every day had its own challenges. A good learning environment where you can also put in exercise what you have had learned from your professional career. It is characterized for good teamwork among all project managers, who support organizational goals. The most rewarding part was the privilege to help people from all around the country, sharing with them all we got to offer.
High pressure work environment. Everyday brings something new on the table.
Internal Auditor / Risk Officer (Current Employee) – Harare Emerald Hill – May 7, 2015
My day start early i would say i am more of a morning person and i come in early, everyday there is always something new and the pressure is high. My department is one in which there is no standard of a typical day's work there is always something new on the table. Management is more of a closed group there isn't much to say on this group. A lot of excel and report writing, the frustrating part of my work is working without adequate information and instructions or plans the most enjoyable is traveling and working with departmental heads and their subordinates.
Awards Management Senior Accountant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – June 19, 2014
PSI is a great place to work. Being French myself, I really enjoyed the international work environment at the office. I had the ability to use my French, Spanish and English all in one day of work!
I learned a lot about management of a big international non-profit and the challenges of communication between field and HQ as well as doing accounting with people from all over the world and dealing with currency exchange rates. I also was exposed to grants from different governments and learned what each require for set up, management and close out.
Very good environment to learn and master everything on project management.
New Business Development Coordinator (Former Employee) – Ivory Coast – January 30, 2014
During my tenure at Population Services International (PSI), I worked closely with a range of development agencies of the United Nations including UNICEF, to write project and grant proposals for review by the Country Representative. As a result, I understand the criteria upon which funders decide to support programs and I have learnt how to improve the quality of grant proposals. I am also experienced in monitoring program budgets, skills that would undoubtedly serve me as well as grant writer.
Senior Manager for supply chain & Distribution (Current Employee) – Addis Ababa – September 19, 2013
Last month there was a tough week that we took unexpected 4 assignments at once from the head quarter and other departments which were very urgent. The main thing I learned from that was as far as you work hard and in a systematic, coordinated and motivated ways, there is no anything that can't be achieved. I used a closed supervision with appropriate leadership by motivating them to accomplish that. The hardest part of the job was that there were many assignments at different locations with short due date with insufficient number of staff. Since I invested in their mind even though it was very hard we could accomplish the tasks in a very exiting ways with in the due date. For that achievement we have received an e-mail of acknowledgement for the success from the head quarter at Washington.
Free medical service for the family, free PSI University courses, enjoing the work
Contracts (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – March 18, 2013
you do not want to work in the DC office. Regional staff and project staff walk on water. Back office staff, accounting, contract, procurement get crapped on daily.. RUN do not walk away from this place... its is really bad. Upper management does not have a clue of what is going on... Human Resources make all kinds of policies and then does not enforce them.