AMIDEAST Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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  1. AMIDEAST intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMIDEAST

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers and the work you do will make you feel like you making a difference in the world

    Cons

    The work is very repetitive

  2. Helpful (1)

    You will end up doing stuff that was not in your job description!

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    I worked at AMIDEAST

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for a place where you would like to learn on your own this one is for you. No training provided for anything. You will have to figure out on your own how to submit reports and how to use the systems.

    Cons

    Amideast uses very deceiving hiring techniques. They don't post detailed job descriptions and responsibilities as most serious employers because they know that it will be impossible to find someone if they are truthful. They tend to speed up hiring process as soon as someone shows interest. They always include a line in the contract that says duties can change without notice and they are serious about changing your duties. The management is not changing some work 35+ years and got too comfortable....!

  3. A great cultural experience

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Current Employee - Program Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, with congenial co-workers

    Cons

    Little to no room for movement.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the youth so as to retain more brain-power.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Positive work, but proceed with caution.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMIDEAST full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Organization carries out very positive work and is ultimately working toward a better world. Very relevant for anyone interested in the Middle East and North Africa, and the field of international education. A fantastic name to have on a resume which will help to open career doors. Offers exposure to some of the most important educational projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Cons

    Senior management demonstrate an absolute lack of interest in the career development and ambitions of employees. Certain members of senior management are simply unapproachable, to the point that they are generally feared by employees. Financial processes and procedures are confusing and change without notice. Heavy turnover throughout organization, especially in finance departments. Rife with dark undercurrents of unhappy staff and negative chatter. Low salaries with little to no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Management of this organization should take a step back and decide whether the ambitions, satisfaction, and development of its employees are values of the organization.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Interesting organization but absolutely no room for upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Washington, DC

    I worked at AMIDEAST full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is exciting working for an organization doing such great work in the Middle East, especially if that is your area of interest. Having worked there has opened doors to other jobs in international education since it is a rather well-known org. Certain departments are more social than others, but the other young people in the office are really fantastic and make a real effort to get to know one another. There is no shortage of work happy hours. I made close lifelong friends at this job and really loved coming to work largely for that reason. AMIDEAST will pay for classes if you are proactive about getting the paperwork done, and the benefits were decent. This was only my second job out of college so I don't know what's normal as far as company events or parties, but I did enjoy the company picnic, coffee hours, holiday parties, and other parties thrown within my department. While I have some gripes, AMIDEAST did benefit me in the long run and overall working there was very positive for me due to the quality of experience and my coworkers.

    Cons

    The starting pay for a program assistant is very low, which wouldn't be an issue if they ever gave raises or promotions. But they don't. Unfortunately since the organization is pretty well-known they don't have to provide competitive salaries to recruit smart and eager recent graduates, and they don't especially need lower-level people to stick around for more than a year or so. I think this is the way many non-profits in DC operate. I felt very replaceable there since it is nearly impossible to move beyond the Program Assistant level without a masters degree. It doesn't take long to plateau in the content of your work; after a certain point there is simply nothing left to learn (and for me that point arrived after about a year). The older people who have worked there for a long time definitely seem jaded and complacent about their jobs. Excellence was often not a priority. I would never make a career at this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to create a culture of treating fellow employees as customers. Dealing with the finance department was always a terrible experience. In the beginning I was downright afraid of those people because they were unclear about what they wanted and were angry and rude if you messed up. I think management should take a look at the high turnover rates as well and think about how to create an environment that people will stay for. Affirm people when they do well, even small merit-based raises every once in awhile would go a really long way for morale.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Limited opportunities for professional growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - , Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - , Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Washington, DC

    I worked at AMIDEAST as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Entry-level employees have the opportunity to acquire basic administrative skills and office experience.
    - AMIDEAST offers the potential for overseas work in one of their many field offices in the Middle East region.
    - Senior leadership and management appear to be committed to furthering the organization's mission.

    Cons

    - Employees lack interpersonal and communications skills and are awkward in their approaches to dealing with people.
    - Program officers generally lack management experience ; they are inept at offering constructive performance feedback to supervisees.
    - Micromanagement is the norm at AMIDEAST. Program officers delegate one task at a time to supervisees who, as a result, miss out on the opportunity to learn how to juggle competing priorities and balance a workload.
    - Salaries for program officers and assistants are extremely uncompetitive, and there is almost no opportunity for upward professional growth.
    - The AMIDEAST office culture as a whole is boring and incohesive.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development plans need to be implemented at the program assistant and possibly intern levels. Salaries need to be adjusted if AMIDEAST wishes to retain its program officers and associates for more than 14 months.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great mission, great field office staff, HQ needs to get organized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMIDEAST full-time

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, unique mission, field office staff tend to be very dedicated. Programs make a real difference.

    Cons

    HQ needs to become much more organized and systems focused, senior management need to be more connected to lower level and front line staff.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Was a wonderful place to work but has become less interesting and exciting as management changes how they control things

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMIDEAST full-time

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

    Pros

    Mission is relevant and you can learn a lot about the Middle East. People are friendly, although you may to busy to interact much with them.

    Cons

    Some benefits have been cut back recently. Upper management do not share information with staff below them and there is no chance to ever work your way up. Too many things have to be approved and decided by the CEO, which stifles professional growth of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff and trust your staff to do their jobs and benefit the organization. Allow more flexible work schedules.

  10. Lots of work, but good people

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AMIDEAST as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You do get to be a part of an organization doing great work, and most of the coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cross-office communication, and the differences between the regulars and management is usually pretty stark.

    Advice to Management

    Work on creating a more cohesive whole and the organization can improve that much more.

  11. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMIDEAST full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation. Overall good work/life balance. Well-respected and well-established organization with a positive mission. The young and entry-level staff are very energetic and motivated, although staff who have been there longer seem to have low morale.

    Cons

    Poor communication from top leadership and human resources, low pay and lack of transparency about bonuses, low morale in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Value and trust your employees more, provide better communication and training across the organization, offer telecommuting and maternity leave

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