Institute of International Education

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Updated August 24, 2015
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Allan Goodman
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Pros
  • This organization has a large international staff, interesting programs, and good benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • Friendly and collegial work environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary was appropriate for non profit work, but still difficult to manage (in 8 reviews)

  • CIES has experienced high turnover in the last seven years (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great benefits and a good place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Current Employee - Program Officer
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Institute of International Education (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great tuition reimbursement/student loan benefits. Can be eligible for $3500 per year on tuition and an additional $3500 on loan reimbursement (taxed). Intelligent and passionate people to work with

    Cons

    Salary is on the low end compared to other non profits


  2. More Projects

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) You will meet, honestly, the nicest people at IIE. 2) One of the few organizations that with policies of paid internship (only $10/hour, but it's better than nothing). 3) Everybody is willing to do an informational interview with you. All you have to do is shoot them an e-mail! 4) The CEO will remember your name. 5) A lot of room for internal movements

    Cons

    More meaningful projects besides general admin tasks. I sometimes had to walk around the department begging for more jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  3. Great Benefits, Very bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Program Officer II in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer II in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits - Paid Time Off, Retirement, Medical, Dental Very Mission Focused Room for professional growth

    Cons

    Very Bureaucratic Lack of staff moral

    Advice to Management

    More transparency from upper management


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  5. Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Institute of International Education (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start career. Good team members. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to grow. Pay could be better aligned with employee experience and education level.


  6. Below average

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location, ability to meet international students and scholars. Free coffee. Paycheck.

    Cons

    Management & HR do not care about employees; staff overworked; very underpaid; high turnover; extremely bureaucratic; very inefficient grants and contracts department; rigid structures unable to adapt to accommodate new programs and change. Funders adopt master/slave mentality with expectation that all funder can't treat employees however they want.

    Advice to Management

    Need to substantially reduce bureaucracy; invest in current employees through increasing salaries and professional development opportunities. Encourage creativity and pursue new funding opportunities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Look behind the polished brand

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time

    Pros

    fiscally very responsible, lots of young employees, nice open floor plan, lots of international programs

    Cons

    Name is misleading...work is heavily administrative and repetitive. Pay is pretty low; morale is low; employees are not terribly engaged; petty office politics; too often the wrong people are promoted. If you are international, your US colleagues are surprisingly little interested in other cultures than their own, which is very odd given that these people are apparently interested in promoting cultural exchange. Not sure about the international offices, but the US-based offices are not very global in managing the workplace. Overall, underwhelmed.


  8. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Institute of International Education (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment and benefits. Loved the team members that I worked with.

    Cons

    Pay is often not commensurate to education and experience


  9. Helpful (1)

    good

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    well recognized, friendly, diverse, good culture

    Cons

    Make so little, they nothing about paying their employees a bit more so they can live more comfortably..


  10. Helpful (1)

    Program Administrator

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    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Rego Park, NY
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Rego Park, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great schedule, excellent benefits package, wonderful people

    Cons

    low salary, not much room for advancement, tasks can cause boredom and unmotivation

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for growth, be more transparent about changed in policies, increase communication


  11. Helpful (5)

    Great benefits, great people but little growth opportunity

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Outstanding employee benefits including health, vision, tuition reimbursement, PTO Skews toward younger and diverse Comparable pay to other non-profits Friendly culture throughout DC building

    Cons

    Little growth opportunity Work may become extremely repetitive if based on a grant cycle (Fulbright, Boren, other government fellowships) High turnover and often low morale Little difference between Program coordinator and Program officer

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to float within the organization and do "sabbaticals" in other divisions Treat employees as if they are not expendable/easily replaced



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