International Baccalaureate

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International Baccalaureate Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Happy with Department, concerned about direction of company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at International Baccalaureate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, beautiful offices, a lot of perks, great benefits, convenient location near metro and food

    Cons

    Systems are frustrating and create more work, salaries are not very competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The staff here are very enthusiastic and put in a lot of hard work and because of that management sometimes takes them for granted. Make sure to all the # of staff to expand so you don't burn out the passionate employees you have. Doing more with less just pushes people out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at International Baccalaureate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As a graduate of the program, I was excited to join and contribute to an organization I was already passionate about. This led me to be more excited than perhaps I would have been coming to the company from no perspective; however, that being said, it is a truly inspiring mission, and the enthusiasm is contagious.

    Cons

    I personally was involved in a very new, developing department that saw a lot of transition. This made getting things finalized and set up a little frustrating at times, but no more or less than any other normal company. This was also a few years ago, so things could have changed since then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I remember Siva being incredibly attentive to employees and very receptive to feedback -- I'm happy to see she has stepped up and taken over as CEO.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Current employee, almost 4 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at International Baccalaureate full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting people in the office and other global offices. Very international culture. Three main offices are in Bethesda, The Hague, and Singapore. Many positions get the opportunity to travel frequently. The org has been doing a lot better with internal promotions and growth opportunities over the last year or two - they probably heard enough complaints about this previously. Benefits are nice compared to other us non-govt employers (free health insurance, flexible schedules, lots of paid leave)

    Cons

    Growing too fast for its own good. Not able to keep up systems (it) and something is always being transitioned or in need of work. It seems like a lot of the same discussions / projects are being undertaken across the rapidly expanding organization and sometimes seems like no progress is being made or that we are chasing our tails.

    Your experience as an employee depends heavily on your department and line manager. Their are great ones and bad ones. Senior management favors some departments heads over others quite a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't believe most of our executives are bad people, and they have been making efforts to connect with staff more in recent years. That said, it seems like some of them forget this is an education non profit with the way they carry themselves. I think we'd all be a lot happier if they took half their salaries and distributed it amongst the rest of the staff - and they'd still be doing quite well for non profit executives...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good employer with excellent benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at International Baccalaureate full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits (leave, insurance, retirement) with caring and dedicated co-workers. Great office location.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is the organization has outgrown its systems and rather than upgrade them in an organized, well planned way there is a lot of disorganized projects that are causing frustration among employees and stakeholders. Hopefully soon these projects will start to show some results soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the technology right. Provide more training to staff on the new systems. Keep the benefits as is, best draw for working at the IB.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fine arts work study program

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Baccalaureate

    Pros

    Lots of college credits that can help

    Cons

    Lots of homework and late nights

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved every minute of it

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    Former Employee - Finance Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Finance Associate in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at International Baccalaureate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, team building activities,xmas parties and generous pay.

    Cons

    Don't count on a big raise and since its an international company,some people do not speak and cultures may clash..rarely but there are some weirdos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share some of that Directors money as a raise to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    International Baccalaureate

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

    I worked at International Baccalaureate full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    IB has an amazing Mission Statement and the teachers at the IB Schools live that statement in the way they teach. There were great travel opportunities and learning experiences.

    Cons

    There is not really any room for advancement if you do not have a teaching background. It's a non-profit so the pay is not high. Management tended to play favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    mixed feelings

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Baccalaureate full-time

    Pros

    metro accessible, great new office space, several smaller conference rooms to be used by anyone, coffee, milk, etc provided, worthwhile mission, some travel opportunities, depending on your job, some great people to work with

    Cons

    over worked, underpaid, wearing too many hats, not much focus on career development, organization constantly changing and in flux, virtually non existent IT support, few prospects for career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees are burning out too quickly, new and old alike

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great team, but overall happiness and satisfaction with the organization is deteriorating.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at International Baccalaureate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome office space - the layout and style is very European so it's a nice atmosphere. My personal experience was enhanced because of my former boss and team. Can't guarantee that for most of the other teams. Our department was very close-knit and our director had our best interests in mind, unlike many other directors and their employees.

    Cons

    Senior staff has some sort of disconnect with the rest of the organization. Ideas and motives are very self-driven, and they seem to think that they are executives of some high level company and carry themselves as though they think they are very important. News alert: this is an education nonprofit. There has been a ton of turnover since I left in June of 2012 - former colleagues in friends who I've kept in touch with have all expressed their unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the organization and where it's going. There's no opportunity for growth in positions. Your job title will stay the same, but job description will get bigger and they will add more and more work to your plate but with no incentives or added benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, good work

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    Former Employee - Administrator in The Hague (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Administrator in The Hague (Netherlands)

    I worked at International Baccalaureate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff, friendly environment, mission-oriented work, flexible time, travel, good professional development

    Cons

    Company still in some disarray after restructuring 3 years ago, not a lot of room for upward movement, HR not helpful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more emphasis on work-life balance - some employees work 12 hour days

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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