American Councils for International Education

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American Councils for International Education Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Largely Awesome; A Few Mid-Level Management Problems

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, potential for overseas travel or postings, chances for hearing many different languages in the office. Really nice office location and layout, complete with full gym. Some excellent teams within the organization. People passionate about international education. Working with wonderful program participants, from every region in the world.

    Cons

    A few very difficult managers. In the minority, but these few are very, very difficult to work for. The organization has lost some real talent because of a few overbearing managers who have really broken a few people on their teams down. Feel it out in your interview and think twice before committing if you feel that you're interviewing with one of them. Overseas employees seem a bit more relaxed when they pass through the main office. Senior management is awesome from what I've seen. But they need to keep their eyes on those one rung down - the program managers. HR has been great.

    Advice to Management

    Although your time is limited and very well spent, take a close look at a few of your program managers. Some need to learn to build people up, not put them down. Encourage them to trust their team members and increase their responsibilities, titles, and maybe even pay - when it is deserved. And then see that they deliver on this. It would be a solid investment in what you've worked long hard years to build. Sit in on a few team meetings and witness the dynamics. Giving mid-level managers too much autonomy is not working well in a few cases, despite the appearance of great product being delivered.


  2. Helpful (4)

    the good and bad

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relevant and worthwhile mission that makes you proud of your work. New strategic plan in the works. Some really innovative programs and program managers. Good culture for employees - a lot of friendly colleagues and a really fun softball team that accepts all skill levels. Payroll, Finance and HR were helpful for me to get my job done. and also when I was resigning.

    Cons

    Stagnant senior management who have never received professional management training, ESPECIALLY in people skills. This lack of training trickles down to the managers who have no positive role models. Questions about nepotism - over 10 married couples work there, including 3 members of executive management and their spouses. Salaries and benefits were lower than at other non-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that you have weaknesses and try to improve - you may be"someone" at American Councils, but you would not survive in the "real" world.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Informative, rewarding, and sometimes supremely unclear and frustrating.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, friendly atmosphere, flexible, rewarding work.

    Cons

    A lot rests in the institutional knowledge of long-time employees, which is helpful sometimes, but also can be problematic. There are a few major glitches in management structure and approach to management by some (though not all), and this can and does cause good employees to leave even when the problem is apparent to people at all levels.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    A non-profit that doesn't value employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Organizational mission is great and programs are wonderful

    Cons

    Organization doesn't value employee commitment. Doesn't recognize contributions of employees. Policy inconsistency across program managers (comp-time, promotions, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Recognize contributions of long-term employees over hiring new young people who are paid significantly less.


  6. great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    non-profits people are great and I love their programs and projects

    Cons

    visa policy is strict and hard for internationals get in


  7. A great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Location was great, and the office was pretty nice. They were pretty flexible about my schedule which could've been due to my being an unpaid intern. I learned how to use a few different programs I was unfamiliar with before.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship is really the biggest con I can think of. I also felt like I could've been challenged more.

    Advice to Management

    Full-time internships might benefit both sides as opposed to part time.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A great non-profit engaging in meaningful work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues Overseas positions Ability to use foreign languages at work Working with awesome program participants The majority of managers Top leadership is wonderful HR very accessible and helpful Vacation time Benefits

    Cons

    A few managers, specific to a few teams/programs, are very tough to work for. Ask around around before you sign on.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work, but choose your manager wisely and be prepared for long hours.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, dedicated to what they do, opportunities to learn many different types of skills, activities. Fantastic president.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very hard, perhaps impossible, to achieve. Large discrepancies between managers, with relatively few organization-wide policies that are enforced. For example, some managers give comp time and some don't. Pay is not generally commensurate with the quantity of work.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to allow more flexibility in employee work schedules. Too many employees are working on holiday weekends and staying until 7:00 at night.


  10. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Family friendly Good work life balance Dedicated staff Good benefits

    Cons

    HR staff not very knowledgeable Senior staff are all lifers cut from the same cloth Policies and procedures haven't kept up with growth


  11. Local Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Local Coordinator in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Local Coordinator in Waterloo, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Rewardinng to wor with families and students from many countries.

    Cons

    Many hours, almost no pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive!



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