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Updated June 28, 2015
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James Prendergast
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Pros
  • There is great work/life balance and decent salaries (in 5 reviews)

  • safe work place with good benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • They have a part time CIO (acts like a par time one) who has introduced new senior management positions and made the dept top heavy (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to clue themselves in and needs to work together (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Branch Chair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IEEE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best organization to socialize and learn new technologies

    Cons

    There are no negative aspects for this Organization !


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not A Great Place to Work in NJ

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IEEE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The overall mission. "The world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology"

    Cons

    There are many silos that exist. Not all OUs participate fully in entity programs like telecommuting, or put extra restrictions on things like expense reporting requirements. The talent attracted into this organization is mediocre at best. It is extremely difficult to get career development guidance. Promotions are not given based on merit, rather, politics and popularity.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the good employees and stop rewarding the inept. Reward results.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Toxic, Politically Supercharged, and Teetering on Unethical

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IEEE employees are friendly and courteous with the exception of those in the upper branches of the org chart.

    Cons

    The IEEE Management Council more closely resembles a group of warring kings battling for the Iron Throne than a leadership team of a major association. Their actions over the past decade have cultivated an environment where enterprise level faction wars dictate long-term strategy and senior staff hold prized volunteers in their pockets, like so many nickels and dimes.

    I work in IT for a company that claims to advance technological innovation. Who's leading the charge? A Chief Information Officer who has never before held a job in technology. Ever. She's an accountant who made it to the top of IT the same way Sarah Palin almost made it to the WhiteHouse: shortsighted, politically-motivated decisions.

    Since her promotion I've witnessed a mass exodus of technical talent, considerably reduced Towers Watson employee engagement scores, and new department priorities that trade things like patch management and firewall updates for what seem like favors to those who helped her rise to the top. In this past year we have learned to keep our mouths shut if we have concerns about a project or deployment. Even our Senior Directors smile and nod at directions that defy basic enterprise technology best practices. To quote a member of our leadership team, "We're doing it to pay the mortgage."

    I'm sure this sounds like an exaggeration of the truth. It's not. It's easy to look at LinkedIn and see the technical staff who have left IEEE in the past year. The sad thing is it's not getting better. It's getting worse.

    Each year we take the Towers Watson Employee Engagement Survey and inform IEEE's leadership of the challenges we face in our work environment. It's the same story year after year: the results depict the dysfunctional environment I describe. And the problem is at the top.

    Advice to Management

    I challenge Jim Prendergast, our Executive Director and CEO, to hold himself personally accountable for the results of the next Towers Watson Employee Engagement Survey.

    Remember your roots as an engineer, Jim. Dig into the data in front of you. Make it about the numbers. How can you improve them? How can you fix the problem? And if you can't? Step aside and let someone else try. A 130-year old pillar of modern science depends on it.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    if you do not want to work too hard, this is the place for you

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at IEEE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, nice pay and job security, a lot of people work with the company for more than 20 years. not deadline driven, which means less stress

    Cons

    IEEE is definitely Not a nimble company, very bureaucratic, laid back. staff needs a lot of training. lots of power struggle among the directors and senior directors

    Advice to Management

    stop playing the power games! Do things that will move the company forward in this challenging market; hire people who have the skill sets for the jobs


  6. Nice Culture, Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IEEE full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with. Have good work/life balance

    Cons

    A lot of experienced people in the company with limited positions - hard to move up within the company


  7. Evolving with new challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IEEE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Constantly changing work environment with a supporting work culture.

    Cons

    As a professional society with Volunteer oversight, decision making authority can be ambiguous and at a pace slower than private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example.


  8. Wonderful place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many wellness benefits, the campus is beautiful and the organization does a good job of providing opportunities for employees to network and get to know co-workers. There is also ample training opportunities and a tuition reimbursement program. And most departments offer the opportunity to work from home one day a week.

    Cons

    If you are used to corporate life and generous bonuses you will not find that here unless you are an executive. Performance review policy is a little strange because leadership peers discuss who can/should get a designated level and increase.


  9. observation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at IEEE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cafeteria, location, somewhat work-life balance

    Cons

    "If there is a hard way - we will find it" - should be a motto for this .org

    Advice to Management

    Retire and don't torture e-es with idiotically horrendous 6 mo reviews. Learn how to work among yourself.


  10. A GREAT COMPANY TO WORK FOR

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Finally a company where management understands the concept of "A happy employee is a productive employee." There has been positive team building, innovative ways to move the company forward and they actually listen to what the employees have to say (both good and bad). It is not surprising to see the CEO walking through the halls with a smile on his face and being very friendly or stopping to chat to the employees. The employees are amazing to work with and very friendly. The benefits are great and they are constantly implementing new things to help keep us both happy and healthy. Some programs offered are onsite chair massages, a bicycle program (where you can check out a bike and take advantage of a nice bicycle ride in the park next to the office), medical premium incentive programs and onsite yoga & rumba classes.

    Cons

    Depending on what department you work in promotions are slow in obtaining.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Gangs of Politics with No responsibility and accountability

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can join IEEE and plan for retirement.
    Only three rules to survive:
    1. Say what majority says
    2. Play politics or be a puppet of someone who can
    3. Always remember rule 1 and rule 2.

    Cons

    People made it to top management in IT based on politics and favoritism. This makes them head strong and less adaptive to any change for good.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Senior Staff Directors, Staff Directors, Sr. Directors, and Directors, not CIO's. This the main source of contamination. Think about it, how can a CIO will go bad for every 2-3 years in this enterprise? It does not make sense. Don't just make ONE person scapegoat when something bad happens.

    Favoritism kills the innovative/smart working talent left in the enterprise.



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