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Cultural Vistas Reviews

Updated Jan 15, 2019

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  1. "Amazing Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated, passionate employees. Work that makes a difference on the global scale.

    Cons

    As with many nonprofits, there is a lack of opportunity for growth once you reach a certain level.

    Cultural Vistas2018-12-09
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Would not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cultural Vistas has many dedicated, kind and hardworking staff members. There is ample vacation time and insurance is decent. It's a good place to get started within your career.

    Cons

    The company has unfortunately gone downhill over the past year. Upper management including the CEO seem clueless and confused, and offer little to no support for staff. There is an incredible amount of work across departments for little pay. Morale is quite low which has lead to a huge amount of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on bettering the company from the inside out and invest in employees!

    Cultural Vistas2019-01-15
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not For Me"

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

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a good place to get some entry level experience.

    Cons

    Cultural Vistas pays poverty wages for NYC, new ideas and initiatives will fall on deaf ears. Teams are asked to do more work than they could reasonably handle. Nothing is ever easy and the work itself can be extremely mind numbing. HR is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Keep monetizing Train, cut under-performing programs and use those funds to pay your employees a living wage.

    Cultural Vistas2019-01-09
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Dumpster Fire"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You do not have to work there forever Substantial amount of paid vacation

    Cons

    Cultural Vistas is a company with a public identity crisis. During my employment, the office culture promoted collaboration and positive interaction among the various teams. In 2017, CV began restructuring its staff and organization towards profit-focused international recruitment. This is largely due to the hiring of a new CEO who lacks a clear idea or direction for the company aside from earning money. Misguided decisions...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop burning financial resources on outside consultant hacks, and instead invest more on personnel. If not, expect the turnover to continue well into 2019 while the company loses larger clients.

    Cultural Vistas2018-11-30
  5. Helpful (4)

    ""Nothing is ever easy here." - A CV employee."

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

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cultural Vistas - n. A nonprofit with a talent for hiring hard working, top-notch, dedicated employees, and a bad, bad habit of overworking them and not internally promoting qualified employees. Insurance rates were decent. Ample vacation time, which is nice if you make enough to afford a vacation (I was making less than the living wage in DC for most of my employment). Flexible hours for the most part, and certain...

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    Cons

    I left Cultural Vistas over two years ago and things have either not improved or gotten worse for my old teammates, who I keep up with regularly. In fact, since then over half of my team has left, not to mention the turnover on other teams. Some people don't even make it a full year. The overall mission is great, but don't expect a manageable workload, especially if you're looking at a position on the Train USA team....

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    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Especially the poor souls who haven't left yet, and I say 'yet' because as you well know there has been a lot of turnover, and there will continue to be unless you open your ears and actually make moves to improve the company. Stop treating the Train team so poorly and start addressing the insane workload. Pay them fairly for doing the same work as other departments because I can assure you...

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    Cultural Vistas2018-05-24
  6. "Great Organization but depends on department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time

    Pros

    Cultural Vistas has a great work culture and values work-life balance. There are many benefits from AmEx gift cards for employee recognition and happy hours

    Cons

    It depends on the department you work in the type of experience you get at Cultural Vistas. Some departments are great and you get a lot of freedom, while others are administrative and don't get to enjoy the benefits others do

    Advice to Management

    The organization needs to understand the various positions inside of the organization. There either needs to be a one size fits all approach or a varied approched to HR and managment

    Cultural Vistas2017-11-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cultural Vistas full-time

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, creative work environment, supportive management. I love working in the DC office. There are many fun activities (movie 'night', book club, potlucks). Even though they are extremely busy, the DC Executive Team is always available to talk and provide input/ advice. The Exec staff make work/life balance a priority and really care about all staff. Directors are pretty good too.

    Cons

    HR is detrimental and unhelpful. They seem to make rules based off or individuals and not the organization. Since it is a non- profit, salaries are low and retirement/ tuition reimbursement is really low.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. You have brought us through some tough financial times and made some difficult decision. Continue the work/life balance focus and allow staff to take on more responsibility. You guys are great! I look forward to coming to 1250 H every day!

    Cultural Vistas2017-07-17
  8. "Great coworkers, good opportunity to get your career started."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are amazing, intelligent, interesting and passionate. Benefits and PTO are good. People in the NY office tend to stay a while which is not comparable to DC.

    Cons

    Leadership and HR in the DC office are clueless beyond. DC office has flipped over some 3 times in the past 2 years. (NY seems to hold it a lot better.)

    Cultural Vistas2017-07-17
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Clueless Management -- but great staff"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The staff at Cultural Vistas are great! People are very nice and welcoming. There are a lot of office events and things organized where you get to know one another and I often hung out with many coworkers after work going to happy hours, doing trivia nights and attending other events together. Great PTO benefits. Cultural Vistas is a good place if you want to build your resume but with mostly mundane work.

    Cons

    Staff members come and go and often only stay for 1 to 2 years as after that time you'll be so frustrated with the poor executive team and the HR team that do nothing to change the numerous problems with the company. The management team and directors are completely clueless of all the frustration and issues and when they ask for opinions, they do not listen and nothing changes. Organization puts way too much emphasis...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop focussing on making money through Train USA and start focusing on building even better and strong programs by getting your staff to stay for longer than one year. Invest in employees.

    Cultural Vistas2017-06-21
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Great coworkers, terrible leadership, stagnating company"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cultural Vistas full-time

    Pros

    The people I worked with at Cultural Vistas were some of the kindest people I've ever met, and some of them were incredibly intelligent and interesting as well. Everyone really valued the work - no matter what team they were on. On the J-1 (Train USA) team, you have the opportunity to interact with candidate from all over the world and work with amazing clients/partners. When I worked there the work week was 35 hrs, though...

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    Cons

    Mismanaged organization with terrible leadership and HR in my experience. Senior management views the Train USA program specifically as a cash cow rather than an actual program, and doesn't truly value the Train USA staff or participants - only the money of host organization (as evidenced by staff agitating for some of the revenue the department generates, the only revenue the organization, be dedicated to greater resources...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, give them more responsibility and let them help carry the organization into the future - you definitely cannot do this on your own.

    Cultural Vistas2016-06-15
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