International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

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Updated May 8, 2014

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3.5 8 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative President & CEO Margaret McGlynn

Margaret McGlynn

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Superior, well-managed, strategic organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsStaying 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great people

    R&D (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosvery good people to work with

    Consit is hard to move up the ladder

    Advice to Senior Managementmake the correct hires

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IAVI has decent working conditions but selfish, overpaid executives.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementResign.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good research condition

    Research Associate (Current Employee) La Jolla, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsOffice politics and staff morale need to be improved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on your strengths and nurture your people

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    A terrible place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company with a great mission.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat compensation, and a good atmosphere.

    ConsBrooklyn location is inconvenient for commuters.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great goals but floundering for funding

    Advocacy (Current Employee) Delhi (India)

    ProsSome superb talent. Excellent infrastructure. This is the first organisation formed on the PDP model. Worldwide network. Tremendous respect in the field

    ConsNot too great for consultants. Good for employees. Recent funding cuts to the tune of about 40% have caused three global layoffs in the past two years or so. There may be more cuts in the future. However budgets for 2013 are approved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe it is a good idea to concentrate on what IAVI had originally begun as: an advocacy organisation and a facilitator of research rather than an organisation that is directly involved in research.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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