Americas Society/Council of the Americas

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Americas Society/Council of the Americas Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
5 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work after college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Americas Society/Council of the Americas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good stepping stone, amazing benefits and 401k. Summer Fridays during the month of August.

    Cons

    The salaries are meager and there are some very shady characters and situations -e.g. most of the funds and attention go to the policy department instead to the cultural programs. Also since this is a very small office there are very small possibilities of growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no actual HR department which unfortunately allows certain situations to go unresolved (like verbally abusive bosses). There should be annual reviews (never did one while I was there).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Workplace needs improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Americas Society/Council of the Americas

    Pros

    Awesome people and teams.

    Welcoming atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lack of integration in different efforts among different work groups.

    No area for younger employees with an ability to move up the ranks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire employees who are not doing much in certain teams.

    Provide room for professional employee growth.

  3.  

    Intensive internship with a lot of opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Americas Society/Council of the Americas as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great organization to intern out if you are looking for dynamic events and interactions with interesting people. The culture events and the gallery are definitely a perk.

    Cons

    There is no HR department so it's not necessarily easy to keep track of satisfaction and progress or to have an ombudsman when conflict arises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the lower-level staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Sort of a dead end, but great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Americas Society/Council of the Americas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and overall, a friendly office.

    Cons

    There isn't much growth within the organization and in general it is a dead end. The President of the organization can be quite nasty to people and at times verbally abusive. Thankfully, not everyone has to endure her.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be inclusive within the organization, you never know who has a good idea or relevant experience. Enough of the cliques.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to gain experience and grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Americas Society/Council of the Americas

    Pros

    AS/COA is a small-sized organization with a wide reach. The org does a lot of very interesting, very high-level work. This allows people starting out in their careers the opportunity to gain excellent experience and responsibilities that would be harder to achieve in larger organizations. Though because it is smaller it's easy to get overworked. Also, there is only a de facto HR department so employee growth and management can be haphazard. Possibilities for promotion are good up to the mid-management level, then become a little harder to achieve due to less positions being available.

    Overall, the organization does very interesting work and really is one of the foremost Latin American policy institutes in the U.S.. Working there goves you great experience and access, but can get a little difficult sometimes.

    Cons

    No HR department so very hard to implement institutional-wide best practices and monitor employee satisfaction and progress. Bureaucracy can be hard to budge there, and there are wide discrepancies in staff abilities. Some very excellent staff, some staff coasting through.

    Recommends

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