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Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Be Prepared to Work A Lot...For Very Little"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Center for International Private Enterprise full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Fantastic staff that are both fun and intellectually exciting to work alongside.
    -Opportunities for junior staff to travel and help implement projects in the field.
    -Opportunities for junior staff to develop professionally through involvement with every aspect of program management: design, implementation, and monitoring. The caveat is that this "growth" is more often out of necessity, due to an extreme lack of staffing, than intention on the part of the organization.
    -Great connections, both in DC and internationally.
    -Great place to start out your career, since you have opportunities to get involved in program management to an extent that's not always possible at larger organizations in DC.

    Cons

    -Complete and total lack of intentional investment in junior staff. Many are overworked, all are underpaid, and there's high turnover due to a lack of incentive for them to stay.
    -Promotions are rare for junior staff, but rules/expectations are frequently bent for middle and upper management. This contributes to a lack of morale on the part of many junior staff members, who are made to feel expendable.
    -HR is highly inefficient, non-responsive, and does very little to take staff concerns up the chain of command.

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in junior staff. You have a lot of amazing, talented, high achievers, many of whom are actively searching for work elsewhere because it's been made clear to them that they're expendable. Provide better incentives (in the form of a standardized mechanism and criteria for promotions and raises/bonuses).
    -Invest in business development-specific staff.
    -Provide greater opportunities for staff creativity and programmatic innovation, beyond the standard "bread and butter" projects CIPE frequently falls back upon.


  2. "Not a Good Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Center for International Private Enterprise full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - You'll become an expert at budgeting - for clothes, food, utilities and other basic necessities.
    - Camaraderie and office morale are enhanced by the fact that nobody makes enough money to go out to eat and must bring a little packed lunch everyday.
    - People don't tend to get fired, so job security is decent.
    - Plenty of office supplies are provided.
    - Mildly interesting subject matter.
    - Good amount of vacation time.

    Cons

    CIPE is where life's winners go who have lost. Pay is laughably low, few people there believe in the mission, and those who manage to get a tiny bit of 'power' hold on to it as tightly as possible and flaunt it as much as possible. Turnover is, of course, high; meaningless meetings proliferate; and the world's most ridiculous dress code is actively enforced. Don't work there unless your only other option is to be a bank teller at Wells Fargo...or something similar.

    Advice to Management

    The new Director seems a very well meaning, intelligent guy, but also seems a 'go along to get along' type, so is unlikely to implement the fundamental changes needed to create an effective organization and desirable workplace.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Conservative Culture Needs to Change"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Center for International Private Enterprise full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Recent changes in Senior Management are a step in the right direction; those at the top seem genuinely supportive of new staff-led initiatives.

    -Dedicated, interesting, and intelligent staff that help each other out. Introduction of Slack in the office has removed much stove-piping between regional teams.

    -Partner-driven approach and flexibility sets CIPE apart from other donors.

    -Great work/life balance and excellent benefits. Ability to take advantage of the U.S. Chamber's professional development program is a nice perk.

    Cons

    -Senior Management transparency is a real issue. Program staff often are relayed information through their Regional Directors on a need-to-know basis. This leads to a constant rumor mill and low morale among staff.

    -Lack of a dedicated business development team puts undue stress on program staff to do their job, but drop everything to bid on RFP/RFAs with limited time and resources.

    -Unwavering blind allegiance to NED and USCC keeps CIPE from implementing more sensible policies suited for the organization's growth and development.

    -Operations are stuck in the 1990s. Paper routing and no electronic signatures means that documents are often held-up because of a constantly traveling staff.

    -Low pay and meager 3% raises are not consistent with cost of living in DC.

    Advice to Management

    -Bring on a dedicated business development team.

    -Get the Board more involved and give staff face-time with them.

    -Be more open and transparent about top-level decisions to avoid the spread of rumors and low morale.

    -Improve operations to allow for electronic routing and signatures. Allow for more leniency on teleworking.

    -Standardize criteria for advancement within the organization rather than leave it to the personal whims of Regional Directors.


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  5. "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Center for International Private Enterprise full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work is interesting and some potential for international travel

    Cons

    Salary was meagre and opportunities for advancement are limited


  6. "Great place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Center for International Private Enterprise full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive team, great leaders, good place to grow, challenging work, good international experience

    Cons

    Sometimes low level positions focus on menial tasks, and its hard to see past them. However, this is really only a minor point. Not much room for vertical growth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Low morale, mostly caused by very poor management."

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Center for International Private Enterprise full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Intelligent coworkers at the program officer and program assistant levels who are experts in their fields
    - Good health benefits
    - Will sponsor your education

    Cons

    - Management treats staff poorly
    - Mid-level and lower-level staff, while very intelligent, are miserable
    - Org is unknown, so the name won't help you when you leave
    - High attrition remains unacknowledged by management and HR

    Advice to Management

    Low morale always stems from the principal.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "CIPE is just another NGO, don't expect great management or high accountability culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Intellectual curiosity is welcome and a must
    On-going learning
    Benefits are slightly better than in other dev. ngos

    Cons

    overlapping functions among senior-management roles
    senior management has no interest in or incentive for doing a better job by endorsing/setting realistic project expectations, following annual strategies, and overall being accountable
    Mid-level employees and senior management are aware of the problems of working in development, *think* that this organization is different, but really are in for job-security

    Advice to Management

    improve management involvement and accountability, project expectations should be set in accordance to organizational capacity


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    salary was ok, work itself interesting

    Cons

    senior management, unprofessional culture, treatment of staff is poor


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Doing something that actually helps.

    Cons

    Mismanagement at the top translates to lower-level employees being frazzled then quitting.

    Advice to Management

    It's never to late to learn how to be an effective leader.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "CIPE"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    - Intelligent and dedicated co-workers.
    - Unique opportunity to work with partners abroad.
    - A wide variety of project types keeps things interesting.

    Cons

    - Little opportunity for professional advancement.
    - There is not enough commitment to fostering professional development amongst entry-level staff.
    -

    Advice to Management

    -Focus on developing young talent.


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