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Gemological Institute of America Reviews

Updated Oct 7, 2019

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3.5
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Gemological Institute of America CEO Susan M. Jacques (no image)
Susan M. Jacques
59 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits for full time employees(in 18 reviews)

  • "It will be a Great achievement for me to work in GIA as it's the number one in the world(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Every thing in GIA will be so awesome as far as I heard(in 15 reviews)

  • "poor management - low pay for the amount of work(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good job great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gemological Institute of America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great. People are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    No communication in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    Keep everyone on board with changes and communication needs to spread to other departments

    Gemological Institute of America2019-10-07
  2. "Just Say No."

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

    I have been working at Gemological Institute of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    way too many. the pay and benefits do not make up for them

    Advice to Management

    get some

    Gemological Institute of America2019-08-10
  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Writer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gemological Institute of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful environment. Great benefits. Good pay.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Little room for advancement.

    Gemological Institute of America2019-05-23
  4. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gemological Institute of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    GIA has excellent benefits, they contribute 3% of your salary to your 401k and match up to 5%! The 3% is already free money towards your retirement!

    Cons

    Good place to work so far

    Gemological Institute of America2019-05-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions Representative"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Gemological Institute of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, established processes, complementary courses, location, and friendly colleagues. Cooks in the cafeteria serve delicious food.

    Cons

    Stringent rules and micromanagement.

    Gemological Institute of America2019-02-06
  6. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Diamond Grader in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gemological Institute of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits Decent pay for a high school grad job Fun people to work with Easy for some people

    Cons

    Prone to injury due to repetitive movements Upper management lack management skills Little care and respect for graders Monotonous job

    Advice to Management

    Better training for managers and above Acquire skills to motivate and lead with a clear vision

    Gemological Institute of America2019-01-28
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Diamond Grader Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Gemological Institute of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with and great work hours.

    Cons

    Stressful work environment, short lunch and breaks.

    Gemological Institute of America2019-01-05
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Ok but could be better"

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     in Carlsbad, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gemological Institute of America for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful campus, on-site cafe

    Cons

    Resistance to change , very cliquey

    Advice to Management

    Don’t just say you want change and then dig your heels when change is presented. Listen to what the newbies have to say because a fresh set of eyes can tel you a lot. Support and encourage career development of subordinates.

    Gemological Institute of America2018-12-07
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Modern day factory line"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gemological Institute of America full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    Low pay. Minimal opportunities for moving within the corporate chain

    Gemological Institute of America2018-12-08
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stagnant workplace"

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    Former Employee - Diamond Grader in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gemological Institute of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, easy job, never take your work home with you.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement, boring day to day, lab management is sub par.

    Gemological Institute of America2018-11-13
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