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American Councils for International Education Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2019

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Pros
  • "Good work environment, great mission, clear task division(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great people and friendly international environment(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Like at many non-profit organizations, this internship is not paid(in 9 reviews)

  • "Senior management is awesome from what I've seen(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good way to earn extra"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, work with people from different countries

    Cons

    None, all is great here

    American Councils for International Education2019-04-15
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Councils for International Education part-time

    Pros

    The international team creates an amazing environment Very structured office which makes your work easier and you see the results

    Cons

    Low salaries for international part-time workers

    American Councils for International Education2019-03-13
  3. Helpful (4)

    "New President moving us into the 21st Century"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intelligent people, good cause. But most of all the innovative new President, Lorne Craner, who since taking over has instituted: management trainings (badly needed - see many previous Glassdoor entries), parental leave (were we the last place in America that got it?!?), bereavement leave, monthly all staff meetings, met individually with every staff member (on their professional goals, what they like/dislike about American...

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    Cons

    Some of the old management here, who never met a new idea that they liked, and have for years treated their staff badly without consequence (again, see many years of Glassdoor reviews!). Craner recently let some of the worst go, causing great angst among those remaining managers who display the same tendencies. Maybe, instead of writing negative reviews on this site (sure sounds like them!) they should be spending their...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep up the reforms, they’re bringing American Councils into the 21st century and making it a much, much better place to work!

    American Councils for International Education2019-02-14
  4. "Improving for the Better with Craner's Focus on Fwding the Org"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    creative, intelligent colleagues strong collective belief in mission entering positive new era for growth! skills from any position transfer to your professional future scratches your do-gooder itch while bolstering your resume continuously upward trend in revenue and global outreach

    Cons

    historically very "old boys" (and ladies) club terrible pay for non-management tremendous workload for most

    Advice to Management

    *In complete agreement with other review "New President moving us into the 21st Century." Nailed it. This is such a wonderful organization that you've helped to grow. Thank you. Despite what might feel like a sting to the "family" with Lorne's recent staff shakeup, the trajectory of AC is broadening with such promise now. I know it might feel like your friends were let go.......but hoping you'll consider this an opportunity...

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    American Councils for International Education2019-02-26
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Definitely changing for the better"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Worthy cause, smart international staff, benefits, travel (for some).

    Cons

    Low pay even for an NGO. Rampant nepotism amongst senior staff. But worst of all, the senior leadership, some here 30-40 years, have long since run out of ideas (how many times have I heard “we tried that”...when, in 1995? Until recently, had the feel of a Mom and Pop shop where revenue grew but the management practices never kept up.

    Advice to Management

    The new President has energy and new ideas on issues from programming to IT to benefits. His practices are beginning to address longstanding employee complaints. Change is unsettling - as a few recent Glassdoor reviews demonstrate. What would be even more unsettling would be leaving this Mom and Pop shop as it was - companies like that eventually collapse. I’d thought of looking for a new job but things are looking...

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    American Councils for International Education2019-02-05
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership damaging the organization's reputation"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    An incredibly dedicated group of people working on programs they believe in, sharing best practices, supporting one another, and doing real good in the world. Benefits-wise, the matching retirement contribution is a great plus.

    Cons

    The new president (Lorne Craner, not Dr. Dan Davidson as noted on this site) has randomly (or for inscrutable personal reasons) targeted employees he dislikes (and who work on the org's most successful program and its largest source of revenue), and gone over their managers' heads to terminate them. The organization runs programs that are known for being fair and transparent, but the president's office is not affording...

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    Advice to Management

    The president should listen to the employees – ALL of them, not just his personal favorites. Secondly, actions speak louder than words. The president acknowledged he made a mistake in the way he terminated the aforementioned employees, but stopped short of taking action to correct that mistake.

    American Councils for International Education2019-02-08
  7. "Unapologetic President making great changes!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great people to work with. Programs are great and fulfilling. The new President is making some changes that are great! getting rid of BAD managers who were friends with senior management and were treated like they were untouchable until now.

    Cons

    The pay is low. unfortunately, Nepotism still exist since those that are related and friends are still around and that is something that has been around for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    To the President keep doing what you are doing ! you are breaking bad bad habits and bad managers. To Upper Managers please talk to your lower managers so that they can work on some of the horrible things that they do to their employees. ITS NOT ALWAYS THE EMPLOYEES FAULT.

    American Councils for International Education2019-01-25
  8. "Great Place to Start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Councils for International Education part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    International atmosphere, various skills growth, unique opportunities, traveling opportunities.

    Cons

    Low possibility of advancing within the organization.

    American Councils for International Education2018-11-27
  9. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time

    Pros

    Committed colleagues, great mission, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Stovepipes, administrative processes can be hard, grant dependent

    American Councils for International Education2018-11-05
  10. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Internationally oriented staff from wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Good starting point if you want to pursue a career in international education and network with others in the field.

    Cons

    The pay is quite low and there is little room for advancement. Company is siloed and nothing is done to try and connect different teams, which is strange since the work is similar across different programs. Outright favoritism of staff. Managers are horribly trained, frequently lose their temper and waste your time in meetings complaining about something totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. Forget talking to HR about...

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    Advice to Management

    TRAIN YOUR MANAGERS - those who have been around for years refuse to believe anything is wrong because HR doesn't treat it seriously. You are losing talented staff because managers tear them down instead of trusting them to do their jobs. Problems arise in every job but don't take out your anger on your staff.

    American Councils for International Education2018-10-11
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