IIE Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
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    IIE member experience

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    Former Employee - Society Member
    Former Employee - Society Member

    I worked at IIE part-time

    Pros

    A lot of high quality exposure to professional level industrial engineering opportunities. IIE provides members with a wide variety of informative industrial engineering learning sources.

    Cons

    Material can be redundant. But an endless amount of knowledge source nonetheless.

    Recommends
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    Undervalued.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I worked at IIE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work isn't all that demanding, so it never needs to come home with you. If you're working late nights or on the weekends, you're doing something wrong. Likewise, IIE is a great place to work if you are studying part-time. IIE will toss you a few thousand dollars a year towards tuition, and work will never be so demanding that it will impact your studies.

    Cons

    There is no discernible difference between the responsibilities of Program Coordinators ("PC") and Program Officers ("PO"). Who ends up in what position depends on when you applied, and what was available at the time. Because of this, POs are very insecure, and try to reinforce their seniority over the PCs. There are few practical differences in responsibilities, and PCs and POs often do the exact same thing, just at different pay grades. PCs resent the POs, and POs work hard at putting the PCs "in their place."

    Moreover, it is very difficult to get promoted from PC to PO. To be fair it does happen, but it depends a lot on one's Associate Director supervisor. IIE tends to hire new POs from the outside, while letting the PCs stagnate. The PC position at IIE has zero growth potential, so at some point you'll have to leave. PO positions do allow for promotion, however, so if you land one of those you might see some career progress.

    All in all, IIE's model fosters a petty office environment. The PC/ PO dynamic fosters a lot of backstabbing and power games, and rewards office politics over doing your job well. People who just put their heads down and get things down do not fare well at IIE; they will get overlooked in favor of the cliquey social climber types.

    *Disclaimer: The above comments are only applicable to the DC office. The NY and other offices may be very different, so I wouldn't extrapolate to IIE as a whole.

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  3.  

    Not the very best

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IIE

    Pros

    Everything that was promised was provided, even if in delay.

    Cons

    Bad structure and not very well trained personnel

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    Great Experience Abroad!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IIE as a contractor

    Pros

    IIE (Institute of International Education) does a fabulous job coordinating Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships around the world. The manager in charge of the Balkans was always responsive to questions and made sure my skills matched what I was requested to teach

    Cons

    Be careful about budgeting--- IIE paid us in blocks of money, so if you weren't careful with your budget, you could only survive on your monthly stipend provided by the Croatian government. The salary of around $20,000 includes the travel grant and all of the funding the Croatian government provides. Don't underestimate your expenses!!!

    Recommends
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    Wouldn't recommend it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

    I worked at IIE

    Pros

    It's generally a low-stress environment that allows employees a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    It's an organization that's been in decline for a number of years due to both external and internal factors. Management is typical of many professional associations, with protection of turf and career given more attention and effort than innovation, creativity, or strategy. Working with an elected board of volunteers that changes every year results in havoc strategically and operationally.

    Doesn't Recommend

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