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China Institute in America Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  1. "Chinese Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Chinese Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Chinese Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at China Institute in America part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good cultural environment and nice colleagues. Comparatively higher rate than the average.

    Cons

    Part-time work and doesn't have visa sponsor.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at China Institute in America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has potential to grow, especially the education dept and the business programs.

    Cons

    Need to bring in new leadership in the education department. The President, who is James Heimowitz and not Sara Judge McCalpin is is NOT a good leader; need to throw him out. The other senior team members are also incapable. Lack of transparency in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Roll up your sleeves and do some hard work. Stop ordering around junior staff members.

  3. "Great place to learn"

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

    I worked at China Institute in America part-time

    Pros

    The coordinator here is friendly and is welling to teach the intern.

    Cons

    If the position is not that relevant to your major, you might find it hard to enhance yourself in professional knowledge in long-term.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunctional and toxic environment; Trustees are too involved in day-to-day operations"

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

    Pros

    -CI has potential.

    -Most people start their careers at CI with a lot of enthusiasm and passion, but that doesn't last long.

    -The programs themselves (classes/talks/events/etc.) are interesting and the mission of the institute as a whole is a great one.

    Cons

    -Junior-level employees treated unfairly and receive terrible compensation compared to upper-level employees.

    -Education management is not qualified and instead of good ideas and good leadership, it uses a condescending attitude towards its employees to stay in power. This creates an environment of toxicity and resentment.

    -Trustees are obviously important to the success of the institute, but are too caught up with the day-to-day operations and this often leads to messy office politics.

    -Employee turnover rate very high.

    Advice to Management

    Treat junior-level employees better. Request that trustees focus on long-term goals only.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "China Institute Needs to Do Better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    China Institute is the oldest cultural organization of its kind that advances a deeper understanding of China in the United States. The Institute is incredibly well connected, and puts together a number of exciting and innovative programs. Issues with management and leadership have slowed China Institute's ability to thrive in its new downtown home, but CI has a lot of potential to thrive once these are fixed.

    Cons

    There is a very large divide between China Institute's senior staff and staff working at lower levels. Senior staff are compensated at a rate many times higher than their subordinates, and are often out of touch with the needs of other staff and the Institute as a whole. Staff turnover is high, as new leadership has failed to provide a positive working environment. Morale in the Education department is particularly low, as leadership within that department is under-qualified, ineffective, and overdue for change. Staff here care deeply about each other and the work they do, but are not respected, compensated fairly, or given the tools they need to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    China Institute needs to implement change from the top down. The senior staff team needs new leaders in Education, Marketing, and Development, who can help lead their teams to greater success. Even when money is tight, management needs to go out of their way to provide staff with the compensation, and respect they deserve.

    China Institute's office is poorly run, and contributes greatly to staff frustration. China Institute would benefit from an office manager who is trained to run an office efficiently.

    Finally, transparency in the institute has decreased over time, creating an atmosphere of distrust.

    CI needs to work to create a happier working environment based on trust and respect, where hardworking staff are rewarded, and inefficiency is not tolerated.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "CI has potential.."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at China Institute in America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    some colleagues appear to be very passionate about what they do; ample opportunity to meet others in the field; unlimited jasmine tea in the staff lounge

    Cons

    significant management issues; a lack of transparency; low morale

    Advice to Management

    greater transparency and show of appreciation toward staff; would love to see new management within education dept


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    "Junior Staff Treated Like Commodities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at China Institute in America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some junior staff are interesting, with very good ideas; sometimes you have the opportunity to work on an interesting cultural project, and meet interesting people.

    Cons

    Senior staff rarely sincerely listens to junior staff; decisions are seemingly made by fiat; high turnover; an increasingly "business"-type atmosphere which strikes at the heart of China Institute's history and supposed mission; low salaries for everyone except management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to junior staff, especially when they are reluctant to do certain programs - they have good ideas; higher salaries for junior staff; communicate decision-making better; stop acting like you work harder than everyone else, and creating an atmosphere where junior staff feel torn-down and aren't good enough.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Boring place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at China Institute in America full-time

    Pros

    laid back, easy to meet other people in the field

    Cons

    If you are creative, then this is not the place for you
    Don't expect the salary here will pay you rent

    Advice to Management

    Do something more creative, have a clear vision for the institute's future


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Poorly managed, weird environment"

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

    Pros

    friendly co-workers, interesting projects and programs

    Cons

    poorly managed, weird bureaucracy, unnecessary meetings, random layoffs

    Advice to Management

    manage things better


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Docent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Docent in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    learn a lot about chinese art when i was there; the pay was much better than when I worked as a docent at other galleries.

    Cons

    no set schedule; difficult to lead tours when I am not sure as to the age group; must be willing to study the exhibition information very well

    Advice to Management

    the management were very nice; though some were more dedicated to their job than others. They were very understanding - not much advice needed.


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