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Asia Society Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2019

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Found 65 reviews

2.8
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Asia Society CEO Josette Sheeran
Josette Sheeran
12 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great cause, nice work environment(in 10 reviews)

  • "I learned a lot about editing and the team was incredibly friendly and welcoming(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "It's a non-profit, so don't expect a high compensation(in 8 reviews)

  • "Salaries are low for low-level and mid-level staff due to excessive executive compensation(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Development Dept. (Texas Center)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Asia Society full-time

    Pros

    Asia Society Texas Center is one of my favorite places in the city of Houston! I previously worked here, and then returned after finding that none of the other local non-profits were as special as this one. The team culture here is amazing and we all have a very "can-do" attitude. It has been my experience, that there is great support given and many opportunities for growth are presented as you begin to master certain...

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    Cons

    I do not feel that we have any major cons, however, as a non-profit that has a newer history in having a permanent space there are challenges associated with having a smaller team (meaning you need to have team spirit in tackling some of our major initiatives). After working at many different sized non-profits, I can honestly say that the staff size of a little over 30 is personal fit however, given my utmost desire...

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    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management and am grateful that they are always willing to step-in and intervene to ensure our overall strategies are aligned.

    Asia Society2018-05-04
  2. "Great place for interns"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Asia Society part-time

      Pros

      There are interesting projects relevant to current global affairs that you'd learn a thing or two about.

      Cons

      The team was very small and had little room to network.

      Asia Society2019-01-13
    • "Good organization but not so good for employee culture"

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      Former Employee - Multimedia Producer 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Asia Society full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Great cause, nice work environment

      Cons

      Not so great for employee career advancement and mentor

      Asia Society2018-12-22
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great colleagues, terrible bureaucracy"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Asia Society full-time

      Pros

      You get to put on many hats and gather a lot of experience in a range of issues.

      Cons

      The sections of Asia Society I dealt with were severely understaffed, resulting in an overwhelming amount of work, while being underpaid. There's also a quite a bit of turnover.

      Advice to Management

      Expand the full-time staff

      Asia Society2018-07-25
    • Helpful (2)

      "EIN: 13-3234632"

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

      I worked at Asia Society full-time

      Pros

      Asia Society mid-level staff, junior staff, and interns work incredibly hard and above their pay grade.

      Cons

      Asia Society's 2015 990 reveals that its senior leadership is compensated rather excessively. For your reference, visit the Asia Society website > About > Financial Statements > 2015 Form 990.

      Advice to Management

      Do your research on how comparable Cultural Institutions compensate their senior leadership and structure their executive teams. Ask yourselves what issues could be solved through a big picture, organization-wide restructuring and salary redistribution. Appoint a smart, qualified, and *principled* person as CEO to engage with the organization's existential questions. Care more about monitoring and evaluating impact....

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      Asia Society2018-07-17
    • Helpful (5)

      "Houston office - Avoid at all costs"

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

      I worked at Asia Society full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Some good people - usually the ones getting the most unfair treatment. Interesting programming. Beautiful building and grounds. Donor base includes some lovely/important people.

      Cons

      Constant turnover, Machiavellian politics, totally unhealthy environment. Leadership is often emotionally immature/volatile, unprofessional, and don't understand what the more technical work actually involves, so it *will* get pinned on you if you don't make impossible things magically happen. Tiny office packed to the gills - loud, no ability to concentrate, no respect for space - expect to be interrupted constantly....

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      Advice to Management

      Good managers don't lose their entire team in under a year.

      Asia Society2018-04-24
    • Helpful (3)

      "Texas office"

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      Current Employee - Various in Houston, TX
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at Asia Society full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Most colleagues are genuinely dedicated to the mission Sometimes you get leftover catered food from events

      Cons

      Entire staff of 30 has turned over multiple times within the last five years Senior staff are overpaid and half of them are not qualified for their positions HR is close personal friends with the president of the organization - your complaints WILL get back to her When development department does not meet goals, lower level staff are let go and development is not held accountable President of organization bullies...

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      Advice to Management

      The culture is poisonous. The tone is set by the president, who behaves in an unprofessional manner and needs to go. The board needs to clean house. Wages are far too low for the expectations set for job performance.

      Asia Society2018-04-20
    • "Good Place to Network"

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      Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Asia Society full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Great organization to meet people and network.

      Cons

      It's a non-profit so funding and sponsorship are challenging.

      Asia Society2018-02-28
    • "Staff"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Asia Society full-time

      Pros

      Good benefit and harmonious environment

      Cons

      coffee machine is not very good

      Asia Society2018-01-29
    • Helpful (3)

      "Great people, lousy pay!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Asia Society full-time

      Pros

      Great staff, knowledgeable, passionate about work, interesting projects

      Cons

      Pay for mid-level and low-level salaries kept low due to excessive salaries at the top, creating a demoralized environment with little incentive to get promoted. Fundraising dept is a mess, run by a bully who spits out buzz words but has no clue as to the non-profit world nor any management skills.

      Advice to Management

      Take a pay cut, understand the work that the underlings do and pay them accordingly!

      Asia Society2018-01-11
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