PATH Employee Reviews about "global health"

Updated Jun 10, 2019

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Pros
  • "It is a work environment filled with a diverse set of people from various backgrounds(in 19 reviews)

  • "Compelling mission led by some of the best leaders in global health from multiple sectors(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Short term funding , it is much depending donor funding trend(in 13 reviews)

  • "In actuality half of them hasn't worked anywhere but PATH or similar non-profit organizations(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "PATH Candidate Experience"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PATH full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Knowledgeable and friendly HR staff - Professional and timely follow-up calls and emails - Commitment to valuing the candidate and providing an inspiring experience - Easily the most efficient and thoughtful interactions with HR staff that I encountered during my job search

    Cons

    - If you are passionate about global health, PATH is the best organization in the world to work for - I have only admiration and respect for PATH

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    PATH2019-06-11
  2. Helpful (1)

    "World class experts, phenomenal impact, top heavy"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PATH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -World class expertise -High impact in global health -Lots of opportunity to move up, learn new positions -Competitive pay for a non-profit -New and exciting technologies and health innovation -Global presence -Humanitarian mission

    Cons

    -Top-heavy executive team -High turnover in executive team -Fundraising/funding issues -Unstable global health and development environment. Lots of change.

    PATH2019-05-03
  3. Helpful (3)

    "A total disaster of an organization, with mean-spirited officers"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PATH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They always have extra food around?

    Cons

    If you are on a bad project, your life will be ruined. Many people in this organization are nice, but there is a bigger portion of folks that are mean-spirited, nasty, and will actually go out of their way to gossip or openly sabotage junior staff if they have a personal problem with them. The other PAs I spoke to echoed the idea that they couldn't recommend this position to anyone, and that's exactly how I feel. Senior management doesn't care about mean-spirited employees, and everyone is aware of the gossip, catty culture that exists, but they don't care. Every day was painful. The pay is awful and the benefits are only okay, which is unfortunate for a global health organization. The family leave policy is horrible, which is disappointing given the focus on maternal health. There's no end goal in sight for a lot of the programs, meaning we were left to just focus on small goals instead of driving real impact.

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    PATH2019-05-15
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Admin-heavy position with limited opportunities for upward mobility"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PATH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for an established and well-respected nonprofit organization A foot in the door to the world of global health and international development

    Cons

    PATH is very hierarchal and Program Assistants are not treated with respect Tasks assigned to Program Assistants don't allow for professional development

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    PATH2019-01-15
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A great community of wonderful people"

    4.0
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    Internship in Seattle, WA

    I worked at PATH for less than a year

    Pros

    PATH fosters a community of warm, intelligent and enthusiastic people who are deeply committed to making the world a better place. Without the ego of other global health/development organizations, I found the environment at PATH to be heavily collaborative and supportive, with wonderful mentorship opportunities for interns. In addition to the warm community, the work life balance is great! Can't say enough good things about my time there.

    Cons

    Sometimes temps get the short end of the stick; career advancement opportunities/ continuous employment can be tricky when jobs are tied to grant funding

    PATH2018-11-01
  6. "mission and innovation-focused"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PATH full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    New ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit encouraged. The company is very dynamic, and able to adapt to changes in global health trends, as well as changing funding environment. Great reputation for partnerships and innovative solutions

    Cons

    Top-heavy with a very large HQ, considering all the programs are targeted for the developing country context. Still quite reliant on one major donor, though the proportion is changing for the positive.

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    PATH2018-01-28
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PATH full-time

    Pros

    Compelling mission led by some of the best leaders in global health from multiple sectors. Flexible work environment. Fast-paced for a nonprofit. Good partner.

    Cons

    Complex matrix structure makes priority/goal setting at an institutional level (vs. project-based) very difficult. External funding environment can make launching or sustaining innovative projects very difficult.

    PATH2018-01-20
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible mission and great people! Complex environment"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PATH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    PATH has an amazing mission and has made important global health impact over its 40 year history.

    Cons

    The non-profit funding and management environment can be complex. At times it is harder to get things done at PATH than it should be and aligning incentives can be a challenge

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    PATH2017-07-19
  9. Helpful (28)

    "Take a look at how they treat their inferiors"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PATH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • Legacy institution • Some of the most amazing people • Good workplace diversity - lots of women and people of color • Work-life balance, lots of vacation and sick days • Good connections

    Cons

    • Very prejudiced against “non-technical” staff, junior staff, temps, interns • Limited career growth opportunities • Centralized services are underfunded, have no review mechanisms, and introduce unnecessary inefficiencies • Passive aggressive culture • Senior management actively discourages innovation and novel ideas from lower-level staff • No feedback mechanisms for management • Lots of donor funds invested in communications and leadership projects with little oversight and questionable impact I write this review with quite a lot of reservation. I have a lot of respect for PATH as a legacy global health institution with historical knowledge matched by few other organizations. But unfortunately, what remains of this legacy is bogged down but what I’ll simply call willful ignorance. Most work I’ve observed has been unsuccessful by most measures, and management appears willfully ignorant. Timelines are routinely delayed for fixable reasons, Sharepoint is considered a cutting edge project management tool, significant investments are funneled into a mediocre digital presence, document production is mired in endless reviews, and an over-zealous proofreading culture makes writing anything much more difficult than it needs to be (PATH takes pride in having their own internal editorial style—which is just as ridiculous as it sounds: most companies are content using international standards, like Chicago style or AMA)—the list of incompetencies goes on. On some level this is to be expected: nonprofits can’t invest in centralized processes like other international firms. The traditional donor model struggles to scale. However, the most perplexing part of PATH is how the organization appears to operationalize willful ignorance of inefficient systems. You could tell management “no” many times and provide clear feedback on ways to improve—and all of it appears to go nowhere. And this happens with external groups as well: I’ve seen donors provide clear directives like, “the sample size of your study is too small,” only to see similar studies with the same sample size designed months later. From the perspective of a junior staff, I think this ignorance comes from prejudice: many “senior” staff have advanced technical degrees and probably believe on some level their education gives them expert authority. In a true culture of "innovation," ideas would be privileged over experience. Everyone matters because everyone potentially has innovative ideas. But at PATH, the ideas that seem to matter are the ideas from tenured “technical” staff. If you don’t appear to have the right expertise, the expectation is to bob your head in meetings, signaling quiet optimism and passive agreement with a smile. I’ve seen PAs with global health degrees asked to do nothing but process documents and spend hours of labor on Sharepoint sites. I've seen qualified, smart internal candidates with Master’s degrees denied promotions in favor of inexperienced candidates with “technical” Bachelor’s degrees in Biology/Chemistry/Engineering. I’ve seen “technical" staff quickly promoted to “Senior” level titles for no apparent reason. Meanwhile, some of the most motivated employees, with novel and interesting perspectives, are asked to sit quietly, take meeting minutes, and keep calendars for the “technical" project officers they support. Like it’s said in Harry Potter: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

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    PATH2017-03-02
  10. "Valuable internship"

    5.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at PATH

    Pros

    Experience in the field, exposure to global health

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for growth

    PATH2016-11-09
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