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American Institute For Foreign Study Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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  1. "Excellent Place to Learn and Grow"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and office. Caring company. Great Mission

    Cons

    Some employees feel not enough room for advancement, but still many stay and advance in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Jan 29, 2018 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for your service and dedication at AIFS. We appreciate you submitting a review.


  2. "Coordinator Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful work atmosphere, good company message, and fun coworkers

    Cons

    lower pay and limited opportunities for growth

  3. "Feels like family"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have wonderful coworkers in all departments. For the most part, it feels like leadership truly believes in our purpose and company values. I feel valued as a person and an employee, and that goes a long way. I’m proud of our work, it can be fast-paced and fun. The company offers a generous PTO package that has a positive impact on our great employee retention. The pay could always be better, but it’s education, and I’d venture that it’s slightly above average for our industry.

    Cons

    Not very cutting edge; easy to get complacent. The job remains enjoyable, but the learning curve is over quickly then it’s a little repetitive. Employee retention is high: great in some ways, but not for upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Because people stay a long time, someone with a poor department lead will be stuck with little hope for improvement or change. Would be worthwhile to have some brief communication between top and bottom of the ladder so people had an outlet where these kinds of issues could be addressed without needing the big leap of bringing it to the attention of HR, and upper management could get an accurate read on the pulse at the ground level. Otherwise, feedback goes up one or two rungs, then goes nowhere.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Junior data analyst database management"

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

    Pros

    Variety of work nice office

    Cons

    Management seemed to be unsure of how to implement change. Maybe because they were inept

    American Institute For Foreign Study Response

    Jan 10, 2018 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback.


  5. "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "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

  8. "great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Counselor"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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