Institute of International Education

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Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
41 Reviews
3.4
41 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hidden discrimination

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute of International Education as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good networking opportunities. Good exposure to interesting individuals at an international level.

    Cons

    Head of this organization is surprisingly unaware of the struggles of underrepresented groups in higher education. More often than not I found myself being the only minority at higher management events. Program officers and general offices are VERY diverse but upper, UPPER, management (the people that are really running this organization) is not.
    This organization treats volunteers as subordinates and does not offer any gratitude other than a "Thank you, and have a nice day."
    Turnover rate is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am at a loss!
    I guess I would tell them to really listen to employees and volunteers. They are the heart of the program. Don't pretend that you are listening and blindly nodding your head (like I have seen so many times). Upper management is not better than them (although many managers seem to think so). Program officers know more about what's going on so let them make some changes once in a while to simplify things. Change things up once in a while so that the paperwork doesn't crush their spirit. The turnover rate will probably diminish. Treat your volunteers properly. They are working without pay!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great employer!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and culture are great.

    Cons

    No cons to add here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    looks great on the outside, terrible on the inside.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    clean org, efficient and well-run business operations.

    Cons

    upper 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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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people & mission, too many ineffective systems & policies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) If you have a good manager, you will be able to seek out interesting travel opportunities and more creative, high-level work.

    2) If you care about the field of international education, if you join IIE you will be surrounded by like-minded colleagues who are as passionate as you. If you want a career at the DOS, a foundation, or other big international education org, this is an excellent place to start your career and build that network. Take time to get to know your colleagues.

    3) Excellent benefits. After year one our vacation days are excellent. Great maternity leave policy. Generally better benefits than you will find at most non-profits.

    Cons

    1) Business is so hierarchical that upper management sometimes overrides decisions made by mid-level staff. The recent top-down implementation of the new CRM system is a good example of the internal hierarchy.

    2) If you land in the wrong department or role, you might find yourself stuck in the same work without opportunities for advancement or increased complexity, so make sure you'd be comfortable there. Try to avoid union positions, they are notorious for offering no mobility. People get especially stuck in the mid-level (Program Officer - Senior Program Officer) positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managing the organization based on pay grade has led to a divisive office culture in what would otherwise be a pleasant environment. Offering a staff retreat only to those above a specific pay grade was unfortunately a great way to incentivize entry and mid level workers to start looking for work at organizations that will appreciate their contributions and opinions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A Pleasant interning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute of International Education as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    there aren't many cons to the org.

  7.  

    Great place to work, very diverse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute of International Education as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation, 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Experience

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

    I worked at Institute of International Education as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people here. They do some really interesting work.

    Cons

    sometimes program work gets frustrating from lack of resources

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute of International Education

    Pros

    The 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).

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Finance administrator

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    Current Employee - Finance Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Administrator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loan assistance. International company. Travel.

    Cons

    Non profit so jobs are low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on productivity and not years of service.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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