Institute of International Education

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Updated June 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. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay is often not commensurate to education and experience


  2. good

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Institute of International Education

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


  3. Program Administrator

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    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Rego Park, NY
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Rego Park, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  6. Great organization to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great programs to work on and great people to work with (very culturally diverse) along with decent salaries and excellent benefits including tuition remission on courses if related to your current job responsibilities. IIE paid for $10,000 of my graduate degree in International Communication. Because it is a relatively large non-profit, there is lots of opportunity for advancement within the organization (at least in the DC office).

    Cons

    Not sure if work experience in one office is an advantage in applying to another. After working in an East Coast office for many years, expected to be highly considered for positions in West Coast office, but that hasn't been the case.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Wonderful colleagues and interesting work but very few opportunities for promotion.

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

    I worked at Institute of International Education

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

    Pros

    IIE is full of exceptionally caring people. The benefits are phenomenal and employee cost for health insurance is tied to a (very small) percentage of salary. The 7.5% towards retirement after just one year working there even if you don't contribute anything is something that I've never heard of any other organization/companies offering. IIE offers a ton of PTO as well.

    Cons

    The biggest drawback, IMHO, is that IIE cannot promote people when people deserve a promotion and their supervisor would like to. Mostly it is because of the nature of working on government contracts and there has to be funding available. However, once someone is at the program officer level, it can be very hard to move up. In over 4 years of working there, people only moved up if the funder expanded the scope of the program or the person's boss left and the underling was capable of taking that higher position. There are few opportunities to move to another program at a higher level.

    Advice to Management

    I would definitely have preferred options to work from home officially. As a parent of a young child who had to commute 2+ hours/day despite living 6 miles from the office, working from home one day a week would have been amazing. And it was always a slap in the face to be expected to work from home on a day when the federal government closed but not allowed to work from home when it would have made a difference to me.


  8. Helpful (3)

    company with a great reputation in the field but work can vary greatly by program

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Institute of International Education

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, travel opportunities, some interesting work and independent projects

    Cons

    Poor management (program level and senior levels), hesitant to join 21 century by allowing flexible work hours and/or teleworking, very little professional development, horrible HR

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to be more flexible with salary negotiations and position titles, have lost some great staff due to HR


  9. Helpful (1)

    good place to start

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

    I worked at Institute of International Education

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

    Pros

    Casual dress code. young age group who become good happy hour buddies.

    Cons

    not much promotional oppurtunities available

    Advice to Management

    promote from within


  10. Helpful (3)

    A comfortable and friendly work environment, but not challenging or inspiring

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institute of International Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's a very comfortable work environment, a lot of young people. The office is in a great location downtown, near the metro, restaurants, and food trucks.

    Cons

    No one seems particularly enthusiastic about the work that they're doing. It's not an organization I see myself growing in.


  11. Great organization!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Institute of International Education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Excellent Benefits
    - Great culture

    Cons

    I can't think of any!



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