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  1. Great opportunity to build your global ed career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Fun and young staff that cares deeply about the work. Lots of opportunity for new grads. Interaction with students from around the world. I had the opportunity in my years to travel abroad though sparingly :( and to support projects outside my area of responsibilities. The latter which I believe helped me land and hit the ground running in my current role. 35 hour work week! VERY generous with leave time and casual office culture which I have learned is hard to give up!

    Cons

    It can be difficult working with colleagues who you don't see everyday. Some departments don't offer opportunities to advance which led to a few folks moving internally or leaving in my 3 years time.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure it's possible, but having one central office would be ideal.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Relaxed environment, poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code.
    35-hour work week (1 half day/week).
    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very poor management.
    No employment development programs.
    No travel opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate better with staff.
    Take development classes to better manage and communicate with your staff.
    More rules and regulations with staff.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities for young employees.

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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 Cultural Vistas full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities. Excellent colleagues at all levels. Meaningful work. High levels of responsibility for young employees, especially in outbound departments. Great benefits (health, dental, holidays, PTO, 35-hour work week).

    Ultimately, CV is a great place to start your career and get lots of responsibility quickly. This comes in handy if you want to move on after a few years, which many do because of the pay.

    Cons

    Pay is low for NYC. While opportunities to move above entry level definitely exist, it's hard to move beyond low-middle level, because the organization has so many young employees and few positions for the more established.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing but praise from the NY office perspective.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great people and growth opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked for Cultural Vistas for a few years and have found the organization to be receptive to new ideas, creative in new programming opportunities, and a fun place to work. The best part of the company are the people--all are very mission-driven and hardworking because they believe in the importance of the exchange programs they work on. The work has its challenges, but it is ultimately more rewarding to do something you care about than get a slightly higher salary doing something you hate.

    Cons

    It's a non-profit, and living in New York can be expensive, but you know what you're getting yourself into regarding salary. There are a lot of different departments with very different tasks, so not everyone has the same experience (especially since the organization underwent a merger a few years ago and it has taken time to build the ideal unified team.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to try out new program ideas and keep the organization dynamic. Continue to hire and retain talented, hard-working employees, and restructure departments if necessary.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Not what it use to be...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Cultural Vistas full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    -great opportunity to meet a diverse group of professionals
    -benefits aren't bad

    Cons

    -executives are very self-interested and don't value their employees
    -horrible management
    -novice CEO

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking about how your decisions others within the company.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Horrible leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission
    Work/life balance
    Hardworking, dedicated employees make up for poor management

    Cons

    Senior leadership is ineffective, make terrible business decisions. CEO is more concerned about his popularity than actually leading the company, when he is actually at work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop conducting business on a whim. Lead by example and not by deceitful tactics. Stop promoting people based on loyalty rather than ability, then you might actually be able to retain some talent.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Small Company - Poor Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great.
    Pay isn't half bad

    Cons

    Management makes HORRIBLE decisions when it comes to hiring and filling positions.

    Advice to Management

    Do research before you make decisions. Especially when it comes to hiring ANYONE. You guys hire off of personal relationships more than who is qualified to do the job.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Alfa Fellowship Program gives young professionals a great opportunity in Russia

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Alfa Fellow in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Contractor - Alfa Fellow in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Cultural Vistas as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's a fully funded program that allows young professionals from the US and UK to work in Russia for a year, provides a generous stipend, language training, housing, insurance, support in finding a work placement and other benefits.

    Cons

    It is a fantastic opportunity but for a fairly narrow niche. It's also for very driven individuals who are expected to do a lot of work themselves to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Providing better funding might attract more highly qualified candidates.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Growing organization. Lots of change in last 18 months. Useful stepping stone professionally

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Specialist
    Former Employee - Program Specialist

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, international travel, room for growth, supportive environment, meaningful programs and projects, work/life balance among best I've experienced professionally

    Cons

    hesitancy to necessary change, improved collaboration & communication across offices needs to improve, still becoming one org since merger

  11. Program associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people--good entry level positions.

    Cons

    Still disorganized one year after merger. They "reorganize" a lot and lay people off frequently which brings down morale. Many employees are looking for new opportunities outside of the company. Not a place anyone should work more than a year or two.

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