International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative President & CEO Margaret McGlynn
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  1. Fantastic Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Communications Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very engaging, exciting place to work. Great work environment with a lot of smart, driven, talented people around you. Great office location in Manhattan. 10/10

    Cons

    Could not attain full time employment. Position began as an internship, and when it concluded no full time positions were available.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor Executive Management, But Good People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people all passionate about the mission of the organization

    Cons

    C-level is aloof and demonstrated no ability to secure this organization's financial future. Once Seth Berkley left essentially all real fund-raising left with him. Year over year, external funding decreasing.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid hiring another administrative suit as CEO and hire someone with fund-raising depth before IAVI is absorbed into the Gates Foundation.


  3. Great goals but floundering for funding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment and facilities in lab.

    Cons

    Less growth opportunities. Weak senior management.


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  5. Superior, well-managed, strategic organization

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time

    Pros

    The highest caliber staff, and a very mission-driven, respectful culture. Excellent internal communication, and effective sharing of strategy and information from executive leadership to rest of staff and offices outside of the headquarters in New York.

    Cons

    Staying abreast of developments in the overall field, and positioning the work of IAVI amidst that of partners and peer organizations. Budget cuts have also resulted in downsizing, which has affected staff morale somewhat.


  6. great people

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    Current Employee - R&D in New York, NY
    Current Employee - R&D in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very good people to work with

    Cons

    it is hard to move up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    make the correct hires


  7. IAVI has decent working conditions but selfish, overpaid executives.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many employees find a mission and work energetically to make sure that the world has a safe AIDS vaccine.

    Cons

    The income inequality at this so-called non-profit is obscene. IAVI has repeatedly laid off employees making between $30K and $50K while paying its CEO $500K a year. Other executives also receive high levels of compensation. One wonders in several cases are concerned with helping the disease-ridden or only with their comfortable jobs. It was ugly to watch leaders of the company jump ship a few years ago when economic indicators for IAVI began to point south. Many --though not all -- in the leadership are egotistical, lazy and uninformed about those that work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  8. Good research condition

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good research condition, state-of-the-art equipments, good collaboration with top scientists in the field, well funded

    Cons

    Lack of career path ladder. Senior postdocs could turn to super postdoc.


  9. Organization has a lot of potential if it stays focused on its mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is very compelling and there are some very smart, committed, capable people

    Cons

    Office politics and staff morale need to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your strengths and nurture your people


  10. Helpful (3)

    A terrible place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is very laudable. Many of the junior staff are very energetic and motivated, which can make IAVI an exciting place to work. Also, with field offices all over the world, there are plenty of opportunities for travel. The fact that the primary mission is to work with developing countries is also a plus. Also, there are few global health nonprofits in New York, so if you're looking for nonprofit global health in the NYC area, this is one of the few places to work. Finally, the compensation is not bad for the nonprofit sector; pay is relatively average for a nonprofit, but definitely not on the lowest end.

    Cons

    The management is totally dysfunctional and employee morale is incredibly low. The leadership team is totally unresponsive to the needs of staff, and there are very few opportunities for professional development. While compensation is not bad for a nonprofit, there is a huge range of pay across departments. Additionally, employees in the same department with the same titles and identical responsibilities may be paid quite differently. Additionally, senior management will rigorously enforce all rules for junior staff, while flouting the same rules for themselves. The senior management has been entrenched since the company was founded ten years ago with only 4 people. Although the company has grown to over 100 staff, they are still running it like a club or fraternity.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should be fired and replaced with new individuals with fresh ideas. For a company that prides itself on "innovation" management is very dogmatic.


  11. A company with a great mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation, and a good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Brooklyn location is inconvenient for commuters.



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