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Updated Jul 23, 2014

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3.5 37 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

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Allan Goodman

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    4 people found this helpful  

    looks great on the outside, terrible on the inside.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosclean org, efficient and well-run business operations.

    Consupper management is ungrateful. there are people who spent a lifetime working for the company, and there isn't even a certificate recognizing their service when they leave. the company can be moderately good for entry-level people, you can move around programs. But, far too many novices.

    Take the word "administration" in the phrase "education administration" seriously because that's what most of the jobs are like. The work is based on operational skills and is essentially a business admin office...there isn't much actual education program management work going on. A pervasive master-slave relationship with program sponsors drives staff away. Turnover is as much as 50% in certain programs, esp. Fulbright. A lot of the employees are not really knowledgeable about the real world of international education or higher education....all is just a facade. No real professional development or training opportunities....there's talk about it, without anything ever happening. Stay away!

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    A Pleasant interning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery friendly organization, the people there make you feel like you're part of a team. There's a lot to learn.

    Consthere aren't many cons to the org.

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    Great place to work, very diverse

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat atmosphere, everyone is very friendly and knowledgable. Employees are very diverse, and offices all over the world allow for a lot of international exposure

    ConsCompensation, like with all non-profits, tends to be on the lower end. Also, amount of work tends to ebb and flow considerably depending on the time of year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Okay experience

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMeeting and working with the scholars and the staff. Excellent staff with amazing educational credentials.

    ConsPay not competitive. Needed more leadership and professional development investment. High turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your staff to ensure that you retain a quality and intelligent work force.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Experience

    Program Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat people here. They do some really interesting work.

    Conssometimes program work gets frustrating from lack of resources

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting and important work, but little recognition for committed volunteer staffs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe International Visitor Leadership Program offers great volunteer opportunities, and they "hire" excellent volunteer staffs. Had a great group of colleagues. Work is interesting, the mission is great and opportunities to make contacts with businesses, nonprofits and academic institutions are invaluable. Working with the international visitors is a fascinating and often eye-opening experience (even for the well-traveled).

    ConsToo much reliance on and too little recognition for volunteers. Lots of offers for support with little follow-through. Inconsistent treatment of volunteer and paid staff in my office. Management played favorites, which is especially unprofessional when people are doing good work for no compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the walk.

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    Finance administrator

    Finance Administrator (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLoan assistance. International company. Travel.

    ConsNon profit so jobs are low salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote based on productivity and not years of service.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pervasive Politics at IIE

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsInteresting global projects with many travel opportunities. The work is relatively easy and the work load is light, so good place to work if in school or if searching for other employment opportunities.

    ConsWay too much politics in decision-making, waste of resources, and lack of incentives to keep employees motivated. The organizational values are good at face value, but are not all applied into action.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMust work on reducing politics and reduce significant waste through accountability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent

    Program Associate (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat coworkers and friendly environment

    Conshigh turn over, few openings

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Decent place to build foundational skills, but not conducive to long term career building.

    Program Officer II (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGlobal exposure, great colleagues, flexible work hours, strong business integrity.

    ConsDepartments operating on government contracts (Fulbright) lack opportunities for advancement, increased responsibility, or increased complexity. Organization is overly hierarchical and top management heavy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLacking technology resources needed to perform job most effectively and really excel as an organization in the field of scholarship management.

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