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Updated 19 Nov 2019

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Pros
  • "Not only are you always working today’s the mission of CHAI, the people you work with make it even better(in 32 reviews)

  • "CHAI actively works with health ministry officials on the issues most important to them and is highly valued by the national governments(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "The most frustrating thing about working at CHAI is being hindered from doing your job or growing due to weak leadership(in 33 reviews)

  • "Mentorship is not prioritized at CHAI, nor is work-life balance(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "It's a learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Lagos
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by so many smart and intelligent minds

    Cons

    Work life balance is nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    Try to consider a more enabling working environment.

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2019-11-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great junior + mid-level staff, terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Because there's minimal skill or experience at management level, junior + mid-level employees are thrown in the deep end and expected to take on responsibility well above their seniority and outside their scope of work. You can learn a lot very quickly.

    Cons

    Company is committed to hiring unqualified, inexperienced individuals into management positions that neither understand nor seem to care about local contexts, collaboration between partners, or advancing evidence-based public health practices. I left the company for ethical reasons ranging from mismanagement of funds to unequal treatment of staff based on national origin/race/position within the company to misrepresentation of data to cover up company failures to disregard for the safety of the patients who were trying to access CHAI-supported healthcare services. In addition, terrible salary, no work-life balance, incredibly high turn-over, low morale.

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    Advice to Management

    Prioritize hiring staff with experience in public health and low-resource settings into management roles, follow international medical guidelines, commit to ethical programming, and have respect for your employees. You should actually try and live by the company's stated values of "our staff is our greatest asset," rather than treating junior and mid-level staff like they are disposable.

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2019-11-19
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Politics politics politics"

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    Current Employee - Global Team in Kampala
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Experience at CHAI is highly specific to your immediate team and your reporting manager. Some teams have good management, coaching, mentorship and general focus on developing its people while others treat them like bodies to bulldoze and run over. The work is theoretically impactful and the challenges and ownership of projects is unparallel. However, if you really dig into most programs, the scale of impact is dismal/unsustainable compared to the investment made and time spent.

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    Cons

    Does not walk the walk on values, only when it is convenient for the organization. Management/leadership is highly self serving because of how toxic and political the environment can be. Every man for themselves. Politics can be exhausting to manage and burn out can be very quick. Poor managers are put into leadership roles without any idea what they're doing and then blame more junior staff when outcomes are not achieved. Only come in with an expectation of an exit plan. Do not expect any career development/growth since it is not a meritocracy. No work/life balance. Don't enslave yourself to this organization, it is not worth it.

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    Advice to Management

    CHAI evaluates its staff based on who can BS the best at PLT and who has the ear of CEO/other SLT. Certain notable personalities in this organization have tons of latitude despite being generally garbage at their actual work. These people need to check their ego and realize they add very little value aside from knowing how to play the CHAI game (congrats). Needs a management shakeup and to instate a real HR strategy for managing and developing its people.

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    Clinton Health Access Initiative2019-07-31
  4. Helpful (5)

    "A great place to build your experience - not for the faint of heart"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are a hard worker, self-starter and a go-getter you will have the ability to take on tremendous responsibility, build your resume and gain a wealth of experience while doing very meaningful work. CHAI is made up of very smart and dedicated people. To succeed, you must be passionate about healthcare, understand the humility necessary to work with partners and be willing to to work with urgency to get your work done well. The culture at CHAI is one of urgency - while our work is policy/strategy focused most often, we never lose sight of the patients we are serving. I deeply admire the way CHAI partners with governments, and seeks to be a long-serving ally that "works ourselves out of a job", as this is atypical of most NGOs.

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    Cons

    Mentorship is not prioritized at CHAI, nor is work-life balance. You need to recruit into a team that has decided it is prioritizing mentorship or you need to seek mentorship externally from your CHAI colleagues. In order to succeed, you must be willing to give your all to CHAI; however, in order to have longevity, you need to know how to have work-life balance and not get burnt out. Working at CHAI requires maturity, the ability to self-manage, manage up and know your limits.

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    Advice to Management

    Emphasize mentorship. People are CHAI's greatest asset. Young, dedicated workers are leading most of the work. If these young individuals are not mentored and are not told to mentor their teams then these individuals, their teams and the organization as a whole will be stunted in the long-term. Mentorship is skill that is taught and it is an organization-wide value that needs to be prioritized.

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2019-04-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Manager in Maseru
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Clinton Health Access Initiative for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get to work on high impact projects, interaction with ministries of health, challenging but rewarding learning curve at the start

    Cons

    Staff not valued in culture or compensation, celebration & encouragement of unhealthy work-life balance, lack of transparency in compensation, hiring, and promotion; weak senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff, including management; hold senior management accountable for high staff turnover; create more consistent CHAI experiences across countries...there must be a standard of sorts

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2018-09-30
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Tremendous Potential"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compelling mission; Great flexibility for working remotely; Senior management has really improved since the changes in 2017; Financial outlook for 2018 onwards is very bright; I hope to return after completing a Masters Degree in 2 years.

    Cons

    Workaholics all around you; it's sometimes hard to focus on work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    A better example about work-life balance should be set by senior leaders.

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2018-06-02
  7. "Little or no progression"

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    I have been working at Clinton Health Access Initiative

    Pros

    The job was challenging and intense

    Cons

    No work life balance, most weekends spent working

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2018-06-12
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Country Directors rule at their discretion...you will be at their mercy for everything"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Allows for out of the box thinking and problem solving.

    Cons

    1. Nepotism is too much. promotions never based on performance but on who you know. 2. Abuse of workers is rampant by senior management and junior staff hardly have anywhere to report to where action will be taken 3. Country directors have absolute power like kings. depending on which country you are working in there might be varying degrees of opportunities for career growth, salary adjustments, promotions. refer to point 1. 4. high staff turnover due to frustrations mainly. i have seen people leaving for lower salaries elsewhere just so they can have peace of mind. 5. bad work life balance, expected to respond to emails 24 hours a day but do not provide resources outside the office to do so. 6. claim that workers are most important asset but the treatment of staff is directly the opposite. 7. it is easier to get a higher ranking job coming from outside CHAI than to be promoted from within unless you are prepared to bootlick/kissup

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    Advice to Management

    Please ensure each country has senior leadership that comprise of technical and administrative leaders. Find a way to deal with tyrants in two of your countries that are the only ones operating without deputy country directors for over 4 year leaving one person to reign over people.

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2018-05-18
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A tad overrated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maseru
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Smart and driven colleagues Transdisciplinary workspace

    Cons

    No work-life balance Limited funding cuts down on important programs

    Advice to Management

    More flexible work hours Change the culture from time-boundedness to task-boundedness

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2018-04-12
  10. "lots of travelling, no work life balance, high turnover, poor management, consulting burn-out style without the salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clinton Health Access Initiative full-time

    Pros

    start up environment, ever changing work products, lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance, travelling 90% of the time although job description only says 50%. No overview or saying on your own travel schedule. Security concerns when travelling to high risk countries. Employees are not valued at all. If you express concerns, they suggest you to leave. Huge turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Start making employees feel worth as part of CHAI team. Pay attention to the high turnover. Start "hearing" employees problems and solving them.

    Clinton Health Access Initiative2017-04-23
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