International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Reviews

Updated May 8, 2014
Updated May 8, 2014
8 Reviews

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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative President & CEO Margaret McGlynn
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  1.  

    Superior, well-managed, strategic organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    great people

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    Current Employee - R&D  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - R&D in New York, NY

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very good people to work with

    Cons

    it is hard to move up the ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the correct hires

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    IAVI has decent working conditions but selfish, overpaid executives.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good research condition

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    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

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your strengths and nurture your people

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A company with a great mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great compensation, and a good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Brooklyn location is inconvenient for commuters.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great goals but floundering for funding

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    Current Employee - Advocacy  in  Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Advocacy in Delhi (India)

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Maybe 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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