Institute of International Education

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Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Fantastic company! Great working environment and opportunity to grow.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Institute of International Education

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

    Pros

    Rewarding work and kind, hard-working employees.

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower end given similar work at other organizations

    Advice to Management

    No advice! Fantastic thus far!


  2. Helpful (6)

    Good entry-level job but little growth opportunity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    - Relatively low-stress environment. - Very little need to work overtime. - Willing to pay $3000.00 annually for tuition. - A lot of really great people.

    Cons

    Poor management, both individually and in terms or management structure. IIE's management structure is very manager top-heavy, and as a result the majority of junior managers (i.e. Program Officers) spend more time trying to "manage" one another instead of doing actual work. If you are a Program Officer, you will find your colleagues to be quite petty. If you are a Program Associate or Coordinator, you will quickly come to have little faith in the Program Officer above you. Part of the problem is that in a lot of situations there is little difference between a Program Officer and a Program Coordinator. Both do essentially the same jobs, and both are (for the most part) evenly qualified. So, if you are the type of person who racked up a few years of work experience after undergrad and have or are currently getting you Masters, brace yourself. If you are applying for a Program Associate or Coordinator position as a means of getting your foot in the door, you had better be mentally prepared to be bossed around by someone who is younger and less qualified than you are. In all likelihood your supervisor will be someone who went straight to grad school after undergrad and is working their first job. Bottom line, your prior work experience will not be appreciated, especially if you spent longer than a semester abroad in the country that your Program Officer claims to be an expert on. Ultimately, IIE is a useful organization (from the employee perspective) in that it allows you to tick a box on a resume. But, don't plan to stick around. If you want to work in the field, this place is not for you. If you want a promotion, this place is not for you. Put in your 12 months, and prepare to jump ship.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Dedicated Management. International Focus. Excellent starting point.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall people within each department are friendly. There are many opportunities to begin an international career. You work directly across from the UN. You'll benefit from strong Director level leadership.

    Cons

    Generally slow moving to make decisions. Compartmentalized divisions makes for competition for resources. Pay is as expected for a non-profit, leading to regular turnover.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good starter-job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute of International Education

    Pros

    Working with like-minded people who all go in with the best intentions.

    Cons

    Feel replaceable. Not much is done to hold on to the good talent. Hard to move up in the company; lateral moves are more likely.


  6. Helpful (5)

    IIE, to be or not to be?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice-President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice-President in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    IIE has a great history (founded in1919). Many staff are committed and passionate about their work. Hundreds of thousands of university students and scholars have been supported through the years through scholarships and fellowships. An international network of offices gives IIE a global presence. Recent rapid growth indicates donor trust in IIE's capacity to admimister and manage scholarship programs.

    Cons

    CEO is very kind and humble, but is manipulated by senior executives to the point of seeming weak. Senior executives have no technical background in program work and seem at times not to care. Senior executives meddle far too much in the minutia that should be entrusted to their VPs and Directors. Recent attempts at sweeping changes (development of first ever strategic plan, migration to a new budgeting system, migration to a new enterprise resource management system, and a lot of changes to HR systems) have largely been a flop, after the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in external consultants and millions in the new finance system. Senior executives also are infamous for not following the institute's own policy manual. While the institute's work is admirable, it is also considered by many to be elitist, in the sense that those who make it to university in many parts of the world are the elite by definition.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own policy manual. Delegate to, empower, and hold accountable VPs and Directors so they can make decisions without continual second guessing (ie, get out of the way of the talented, creative, responsible people your hire to lead). Reform the HR department--it's a disaster in terms of leadership and team dynamics. Fix the fonances. Join the 21st century.


  7. Very Rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding experience. Nice balance of travel, professional development, great student loan payment perk. Very nice people, great place to work.

    Cons

    Federal government sponsors can be overbearing with lots of say and input over programming.


  8. Great Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great senior management - very dedicated, knowledgeable, and seeking input from employees. Well structured and good continuity of staff. Reasonable opportunities for promotions; good culture. Great, interestings programs and projects - nationally and internationally. Interesting and nice collagues - good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    Moving across divisions might be a challenge but that's the case at any organization. IIE handles it well overall.


  9. Get in with the right program

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    - Great work environment - far-reaching global impact

    Cons

    - pretty awful HR Department - some tough sponsors


  10. Helpful (1)

    Commitment to International Education

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time-off policies, dynamic and innovative project management experiences are possible, growing non-profit, customer service driven, independent work

    Cons

    compensation, lack of mentorship, restrictions, highly transactional work flows


  11. Helpful (4)

    CIES, a division of IIE, uses people's hands - not their minds. No room for initiative or creativity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Provides exposure to international academic exchanges, people of different cultures and backgrounds.

    Cons

    CIES has experienced high turnover in the last seven years. Employees, placed in cubicles, perform tasks as they are being dictated to them. There is fear of change and transformation, unless it comes from the program funder or those above..... If experienced/seasoned employee shows initiative or wants to make changes, CIES higher administration chops heads, using different ways that bring intimidation to employees who have given years of their dedicated work to their programs. The programs are noble in nature and mission, but the new managers/leaders who enjoy the respect of the employees are few and far in between. as a result, many who do the hard work, decide to leave the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate the hard work of the coordinators and officers. If you are new and do not know, do not try to show off your superiority for the good leaders are those who have followers. New members of the upper management at CIES lack the support and popularity of the employees.



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