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American Councils for International Education Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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Pros
  • friendly staff; pleasant work environment;challenging jobs (in 4 reviews)

  • A good place to get entry-level experience (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The salary isn't the highest but it's a non-profit (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management is awesome from what I've seen (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "International Education Careers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dedicated colleagues
    Experienced mentors
    Incredibly crucial mission

    Cons

    International education is largely subject to the funding decisions of the federal government, so growth in this field can be unpredictable.


  2. "A great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is very supportive and comfortable for me. Everyone is professional and knowledgeable, and things rarely feel too chaotic. Benefits are good, there is some flexibility on hours and working from home which is important to me. Great place especially to gain experience for recent graduates. Also, the location is excellent.

    Cons

    Salaries are comparable to other non-profits, which is to say, not high. Honestly I would say that is the only downside.

  3. "Lower pay but great benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Starting out I believe you receive 14 sick days and 14 vacation days, after two years this bumps up to 20. Great health benefits as well.
    Entire company is working towards similar goals through different programs yet has a wealth of interdepartmental comradere.

    Cons

    The pay is low due to it being a non-profit. Don't expect large bonuses or pay increases. Additionally as the company works toward international relationships, in specific bringing non-Americans into the country for short periods of education, national politics makes funding somewhat uncertain in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Management, just like anywhere, has biases toward certain individuals. Additionally, in certain times including the summer it can be difficult to get vacation approval.


  4. "Collaborative, Dynamic Organization"

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    Former Employee - File Processor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - File Processor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse, international staff working on a lot of great projects. Collaborative environment and good work/life balance. Opportunities for temporary staff to move on to full-time work.

    Cons

    Seems to rely heavily on temporary workers. All staff meetings are welcoming & informative, but they seem to be a little too long & happen more frequently than necessary.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  5. "Easy-going staff, fun work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time

    Pros

    The staff was easy-going, tolerant, understanding, welcoming, and the work evironment was casual.

    Cons

    There is not any room for innovation or growth. Things are very much dictated by the State Department.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not worth staying longer than a year or two"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time

    Pros

    -Multicultural work environment
    -Depending on position, can be interesting work on State Department exchanges
    -A good place to get entry-level experience

    Cons

    -Directors and managers play favorites and don't value all staff contributions.
    -Pay is about 30K lower than the same job elsewhere.
    -Benefits and pay are cut to remain competitive for Federal grants. You won't be valued if you work there longer than a few years, because management will consider that your job could be done with less pay by a fresh entry-level worker. Salary is tightly budgeted from Federal grants.
    -Comp time policy is "at manager discretion" so if you land in the wrong department then you will work long hours and perhaps get only half of them back as comp time.
    -Favoritism also happens at the departmental level. Teams that bring in discretionary funding are championed by senior management, while other teams who perform well in their duties but don't have a mandate to seek out such funding are not recognized for their work, leading to poor morale.
    -Professional development opportunities are not fully funded if you are not a favorite.
    -Once you have children, work/life balance is impossible, and your manager will be sure to make it seem like your situation is an inconvenience for the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive and communicative with all levels of staff. Recognize your dutiful long-term employees instead of considering them a burden. Trust your staff more to handle projects and responsibilities independently without micro-managing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The Benefits of working at AC"

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

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time

    Pros

    Sociable, intelligent staff
    Committed workforce
    Reasonable hours
    Opportunities to travel
    Opportunities for self-improvement

    Cons

    Workload can be seasonally unbalanced, depending on the department

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Cliquey and little recognition for hard work"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Councils for International Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great and fulfilling work in developing countries. Opportunities for travel.

    Cons

    In terms of management, this was by far the worst place I worked for. Management is extremely cliquey and there is no opportunities for advancement or even being fairly compensated if you are not one of the "cool kids". Favoritism is prevalent across the board and no accomplishment or hard work is valued. No professional managers, basically a private non-profit for two families.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Resident Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Councils for International Education (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The organization administers great international summer and year-long programs for students to participate in covering a variety of languages.

    Cons

    There was no official briefing one-on-one with Program Manager during pre-departure orientation providing detailed overview of program timeline, protocol for interaction with local staff etc. in order to address any questions or concerns prior to taking student participants abroad.

    There was a lack of real-time administrative support; communication and correspondence with AC staff administering specific language program was solely via electronic mail while overseas. No weekly briefings were held via video conference in order to assist whenever encountering problematic issues.

    Advice to Management

    Do not just rely on independent self-training to prepare Summer Resident Directors for their respective language programs; have an on-site orientation for all Resident Directors together in order to fully brief on program logistics, provide a space to address pre-departure questions and concerns and formulate a support network.

    Although a contracted short-term position, better support your Resident Directors whenever they encounter challenges during their time overseas.


  10. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    This is a low starting salary

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to compensate people


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