Institute of International Education

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    IIE, to be or not to be?

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Get in with the right program

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - far-reaching global impact

    Cons

    - pretty awful HR Department
    - some tough sponsors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Commitment to International Education

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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 full-time (less than a year)

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Officer

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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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    IIE offers very good benefit packages (insurance, 401, Tuition/Student loan reimbursement). It's a good place to start your career.

    Cons

    It likely depends on what division/program you work for but from what I have noticed in the 2 years I have been at IIE:
    HR and Senior Management like to talk about work-life balance, however, as someone else had pointed out, it is not upheld.
    There is a high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more networking opportunities between programs. Reward your employees for doing good work and or working significant overtime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Officer

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Experience of the organization depends a lot on which division the employee is in. Some divisions have very rewarding positions.

    Cons

    High turnover. Too often work-life balance values are not upheld. Salaries sometimes not competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hidden discrimination

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Institute of International Education as a contractor (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
  11.  

    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

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