Institute of International Education

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Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    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
    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.


  3. 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
    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    good place to start

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    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


  6. 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
    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.


  7. Great organization!

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    Current Employee - Program Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Excellent Benefits - Great culture

    Cons

    I can't think of any!


  8. Fantastic company! Great working environment and opportunity to grow.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    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!


  9. Helpful (6)

    Good entry-level job 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

    - 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Dedicated Management. International Focus. Excellent starting point.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good starter-job.

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

    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.



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