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American Institute For Foreign Study Reviews

Updated October 1, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institute For Foreign Study full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for, travel opportunities, flexible schedule, in home office, co workers are wonderful.

    Cons

    if not located in Ct office not a lot of advancement opportunities.

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 8, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We are happy to hear that you are enjoying your employment at AIFS. Please visit the AIFS website for open job opportunities and if you are... More


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Institute For Foreign Study part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very organized training for new employees.
    Detailed oriented.
    Job Flexibility.

    Cons

    Have not found any yet

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 8, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for submitting a review. We appreciate the time you took to add your comments.

  3. "A company that still really cares about their employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institute For Foreign Study full-time

    Pros

    open door policy for all managers and HR
    great work culture, such as social gatherings, free drinks and snacks
    managers care about their employees and take feedback seriously
    opportunity to travel, depending on the position
    frequent webinars to stay up to date about polices
    nice co workers

    Cons

    some tasks are repetitive, but that is expected in any job
    some clients can be difficult, but again part of the industry

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Jul 11, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for your writing a review. AIFS does care about their employees and we are always looking for way to improve the employee's experience especially since we spend a good portion of our day at... More


  4. "Amazing Company with Amazing People"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Institute For Foreign Study full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked in the insurance division of AIFS for close to 7 years in a remote position. I seriously could not have asked for a better company or corporate culture. I felt supported throughout my entire time there without ever feeling micro-managed. When I saw my team during meetings and conferences, it felt like I was seeing old friends.

    The company goes out of its way to show how much it values its people. Each year, they host a year-end party and give out service awards based on how long someone has worked there. I was always amazed at the long list of people who stay for 5, 10, 15, and 20 + years. They also give out random gifts (trips abroad, etc) after drawing names out of a hat. Plus, they never skimp on food or drinks at events (especially drinks -- bonus). Speaking of drinks, they have a state-of-the-art espresso machine in their common area lounge for anyone to access (additional bonus).

    Now that I left to help my husband grow his business, I understand just how special AIFS is. The grass isn't greener where I am, unfortunately, but I am grateful for everything I learned and experienced while there.

    If you want a company that values hard work, diversity, and creativity but knows how to let loose and have fun, AIFS is worth considering.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. It's working! I miss you all terribly.

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to submit such a detailed review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time during your employment at AIFS. Your comments are appreciated. Please visit our website... More


  5. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institute For Foreign Study full-time

    Pros

    great managers great company culture

    Cons

    Far from public transit

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    We appreciate you taking the time to submit a review. The office park provides shuttles to and from the train station and there are buses that drop off right in front of the building. If you need... More


  6. "Great"

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

    Pros

    Great company for right out of college

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growith

    Advice to Management

    none

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. As you may be aware, our turnover is low. This results in a lack of upward mobility . However, most of our management team have moved up the ranks throughout the years... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "No room for growth or opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Institute For Foreign Study full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some great people. Lots of snow days off. Lots of holidays off. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Major favoritism by execs who have been here forever. No opportunity to advance. Poor communication to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Just because we haven't been here forever doesn't mean we don't have value. Look outside your group of favorites. We all have ideas and want to prove ourselves by our work.

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 22, 2016 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. As you may be aware, our turnover is very low which means that many employees have been here for a long period of time. This results in a lack of upward mobility... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work for.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 20, 2016 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking time to share your review!


  9. "One of the better companies I have worked for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institute For Foreign Study full-time

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, open to innovation, CEO cares about the well-being of employees, social committee does a good job celebrating special events, people are generally able to help out each other, pretty good workplace morale.

    Cons

    Several very good benefits but since the salaries provided by AIFS are average for this area (Fairfield County), it would be great if the company could amp up the benefits even more. Maybe provide a set of days that employees can use to work from home, better discounts for child care, more vacation days, student loan contribution programs, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about your employees. It does make a difference if employees feel appreciated.

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 22, 2016 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback. At AIFS we provide a comprehensive benefits package but we are always open to new ideas and suggestions. We are always exploring new options to... More


  10. "AIFS - A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Operations Coordinator in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Coordinator in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Institute For Foreign Study full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people who share similar ideals. Fun work environment. Pretty good benefits. International travel opportunities. Mostly open door policy when it comes to management.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. In terms of benefits, they are great, but as a company who prides itself on offering some of the best packages to its employees, they could be even better... keeping up with or ahead of trends, i.e. longer maternity and paternity leave, more flexible work from home opportunities, a bit more paid time off.

    Advice to Management

    Since pay increases and pay rates are pretty good but not outstanding, definitely making it up to employees with more paid time off, flexible work from home scheduling, and better family benefits is a way to keep employees happy when you are not offering more money.

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Sep 22, 2016 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. As you may be aware, our turnover is very low which means that many employees have been here for a long period of time. This results in a lack of upward mobility... More


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