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Updated May 27, 2014

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3.1 12 reviews

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    Unforgetable experience!

    Au Pair (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsYou have time to travel and care your hobbies, earn pocket money, be part of an American education system and get some useful experience!

    ConsThe worst is an introduction to their culture far away different from Europens (spoilt kids + too busy parents= bad combination). As soon as you get use of it (sometimes it take time, maybe a month or two), it becomes a part of you!

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm not here to sell advices, but I think the program is working perfectly!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for a first job, not so great for a long term career!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompany has a terrific CEO and this is a great job for a person right out of college. I would suggest it to any new grad interested in cultural study. Colleagues in the UK/Germany/Poland are terrific. The company is really committed to cultural study programs and takes it very seriously. There is some opportunities to travel. Great teamwork. Au Pair in America is a well run team with excellent management.

    ConsMoving to a professional company from this job, you start to realize that the company culture, while "fun", is really unprofessional. Very unprofessional HR department. Low pay. Camp America team is questionably run and the management there is unprofessional Little opportunity for advancement, pay grades ALL over the place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a salary grade system and a better eval process. Create more job levels so that people stay with the company longer than a couple of years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting work - intrinsic value is high - stressful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat, casual environment. office culture is a plus. employee 401k match

    Conslimited growth opportunities, upper management can lack skills necessary to effectively manage. employees are not given the opportunity to rate their managers

    Advice to Senior Managementwhen giving employees increased responsibilities because they have earned it - also reward them through accolades. it's discouraging when great work is not appropriately recognized, yet expected

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    Not a great company for the Local Coordinators

    Local Coordinator (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat training in regards to student visa processes. There are background checks and the application process is very thorough for a student wishing to spend a semester or academic year in America.

    ConsI felt like I was constantly pressured to take a student in. I don't feel as though anyone was really placing all the students they talked about. They constantly talked about trips and rewards but I didn't see how that kind of success was possible. It was more of I take in a foreign student, someone who lives nearby would take one in and we would go check on each other's students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe upfront with applicants and tell them that you just want them to take a student in as opposed to an opportunity to earn extra income. In addition, give real statistics to applicants and newly trained coordinators in regards to how many students they can actually expect to place. Also, if someone decides they do not want to stay on contract, don't continue to email them and send them newsletters if they have expressed they have no desire to continue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Efforts made to progress forward (in all areas) was slow, met with lack of attention, and accountability from snr mngmnt

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Stamford, CT

    Prosmost people are very nice
    tuition reimbursement
    50% matching 401k
    majority of holidays off
    company sometimes paid for lunches & special events

    Consno room to move up
    very little opportunity for career/skills development
    very low pay compared to similar industry/job profiles
    low raises
    lack of accountability on the part of executive & snr management
    hr has no interest in employees perspective (allow management to act as they want)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay employees more. Listen to employees more, as they are the ones listening, servicing, and keeping your customers from leaving. Hold executives, senior management more accountable to their actions, provide them more management training, allow emplyees opportunity to review their managers in their leadership abilities (without repercussions to employees), hire managers who have managed and have been succesful leaders vs. ignoring issues simply because they have been with the company for so long.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place for new grads to start a career.

    Placement Coordinator (Current Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsAIFS offers a great company culture where the employees are friendly and fun to work with. There is the opportunity to travel quite a bit, which makes it a great place for new graduates starting their career.

    ConsThe pay isn't very competitive and they don't offer a good career path. It is hard to move into upper level positions because the management doesn't typically leave or move on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease compensation and the benefits package. Improve opportunity for growth and development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great entry level opportunity, strange business practices and disorganized structure.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsThere are some unique opportunities to travel overseas and in my experience they do promote an environment that permits the average employee to get involved with many facets of the business. The dress code is casual (Jeans) and they have solid benefits, including tuition reimbursement. It's a nice place to get into an entry level position.

    ConsWithin my former department, there was an unusual management structure which was arranged in such a way that Senior management barely had even a rudimentary understanding of "day to day" business. The business model is stagnant and they don't have the competitive resources that would be necessary to modernize, nor are they motivated to seek them out. Outside of management, pay scale varies wildly and erratically from one employee to the next. There were employees doing administrative work who made comparatively, obscene amounts of money (though still paid inadequately relative to other institutions) Overall, each department should, in theory, be in line with the overall mission statement, but instead operates independently and out of sync with one another. Systems are scattered and do no interface with one another creating a tumultuous blend of chaos which hinders productivity in a severe way. I was there for a few years, and in that short time, they seemed to have lost their way. It was NOT like this at the beginning. Discussing the state of things with long time veterans confirms that this is an accurate perception.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management is an enigmatic presence. It would be helpful to know in what direction the company is headed, future plans for growth, etc. Money isn't the best motivator and isn't necessarily the key to productivity, but encouragement, opportunity, and the prospect of being rewarded for standing out IS a fantastic motivator.

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    AIFS is mostly a Company to gain Administrative Experience

    Coordinator (Current Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsThe services offered are fun. Some of the perks are good specially if you stay working there for more than 5 years or for a long time

    ConsSalaries are below market average, bonuses are not available specially in this time of crisis, there are not many opportunities for growth due to the type of business. About 60% of the flow of the business is paper based and very bureaucratic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would say that even though AIFS is a service business, it looks that now everything is oriented to achieve financial goals and leave behind the need of excellent customer service, to make improvements in the flow of the business and to how fast things can get done if some processes were reevaluated and optimized.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good entry position but low pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsGood learning experience in the industry

    ConsManagement not open to change
    Low pay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, friendly environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery nice place to work, especially as a first job.

    ConsSometimes very long hours required.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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