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East-West Center Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  1. "Admin"

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

    I have been working at East-West Center full-time

    Pros

    strong close knit work environment

    Cons

    aging staff and equipment. losing sense of purpose


  2. "A Curb Appealer + Stagnator + Politics-Infested Culture Clash Organization"

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

    I worked at East-West Center full-time

    Pros

    Decent salary for Hawaii and generous benefits, particularly with 401K contribution. That's it.

    Cons

    Management ignores high turnover outfit. EWC may have public appeal, but inside tells another story. Chaotic and fearful internal culture with deep pockets of dysfunction. Management won’t allow you speak to existing employees about their experiences. Excessive hierarchy and politics. Lack of learning opportunities, fails to promote mentorship, offers little more than the role you’ve applied for. If you want to regress and walk with dinasaurs, this is the perfect workplace for you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and name the right people to be managers or supervisors because a handful of your managers are not properly developing, or worse are outright depressing your employees. Most of all, don't blame the affected employees for this—the fault lies with your piss-poor corporate culture that outright corrodes engagement, brews superficiality and distrust, and crushes self-growth and innovation (or any type of "thinking different"). Not once has the boss I had focus on individual employee key strengths and recognize individual employee achievements. All feedback and directness is welcome, but personal attacks, bullying, and belittling is never successful, even (and especially) when under the guise of “for your own good.”

    Toxic work environments are derived from how the boss treats their employees. A job should lift a you up—not begin to question your own worth. When you're a supervisor, you control people's pay, their promotion, [and] their self-esteem to an extent—that's plenty of power. Supervisors should have less influence on performance reviews, and instead, peer evaluation should be the key part of performance reviews. This process would make it harder for supervisors who have an unnecessarily negative view of employees' performance to hurt their careers, if their coworkers think they're doing a good job.

    The best supervisors make a concerted effort to get to know their employees and help them feel comfortable talking about any subject, whether it is work related or not. A productive and healthy workplace is one in which people feel safe—safe enough to experiment, to take risks, to fail, to share information, and to support one another. In this type of workplace, team members are prepared to give their managers and their organization the benefit of the doubt. But none of this can happen if employees do not feel cared about.

    Great managers have the talent to motivate employees and build genuine relationships with them. The best managers understand that each person they manage is different. Each person has different successes and challenges both at and away from work. Knowing their employees as people first, these managers accommodate their employees' uniqueness while managing toward high performance.

    Most importantly, the best managers help employees grow and develop through their strengths! Researchers have studied human behavior and strengths for decades and discovered that building employees' strengths is a far more effective approach than a fixation on weaknesses. The most powerful benefit a supervisor can provide his or her employees is to value them in their roles, and allow them to use the best of their natural talents, adding skills and knowledge to develop and apply their strengths.

    If you're not helping people develop, you shouldn't be supervisor. For an educational instition that prides itself on teaching "leadership skills", the EWC is laughably far behind on this learning.

  3. "Decent place while it lasts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits if you are a full-time employee, excellent retirement, work flexibility, beautiful campus next to UH Manoa

    Cons

    working atmosphere is quite depressing, lethargic zombies roaming around, too much cockroach in the office, snooty academics everywhere,


  4. "Fantastic springboard into US-Asia policy work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at East-West Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The research work is very enriching. You might not be assigned your ideal research area but you will gain breadth and depth of knowledge and experience of the issue area assigned.

    Cons

    Not much diversity in job specification if you come in as a research intern. Total time is spent researching but there are occasions that support in events and administrative tasks are needed.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, management does a good job with personnel management. One request is for superiors to spend time checking in and discussing research/project progress.


  5. "Overall: Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at East-West Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are happy to be here, enjoy their jobs, benefits, and pay. Office environment is positive with little to no drama. People get along. Pay is good, benefits great, and retirement wonderful. Working towards societal improvement is fulfilling.

    Cons

    Heavy on the bureaucracy and paperwork. Small tasks require several signatures and 3 hard copies. While still doing good work, the Center is not really at the forefront of social and political movements like it once was. Understaffed so lots of work to do.

    Advice to Management

    The Center can survive as it is for a long while more, but if it is to thrive again, new energy and ideas are needed.


  6. "Love the people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment. People are usually very nice and caring (besides a handful of individuals, but that's a given in any organization).

    Cons

    Work can be boring and monotonous


  7. "Best for Hawaii"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at East-West Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible mandate and mission with wonderful opportunities to meet and learn from highly-educated people from around the Asia-Pacific region. Inspiring research and programs being done and a diverse cross-section of staff.

    Cons

    No promotional ladder and highly bureaucratic hiring procedures as well as antiquated IT systems and resistance towards innovation and technology.

    Advice to Management

    Find a president that can provide more vision and who actually likes to fundraise. Communicate mission and goals to all levels of staff.

  8. "It was a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People I worked with were really great!
    Something new each day~

    Cons

    It can get dry sometimes, repetitive tasks and a lot of pressure


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at East-West Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very relaxed and friendly culture. Reasonable pay scale, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    There is some bureaucracy as with any larger company, even though it's a non-profit, which can be annoying to deal with. Almost all funding is from the government so federal budget issues can make continued employment tumultuous.


  10. "Great Company, Dc office is small ."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Close relationship with all employees

    Cons

    Not much room for promotions


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