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Updated September 18, 2017
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  • Senior Management staff are very careful and quite good at the political dances, in order to make a good name for themselves (in 8 reviews)

  • Difficult to move around internally (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "great non for profit"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great, It's great working for an organization that does good work. Depending on you manager hours can be flexible. Great benefits and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Being a non-for-profit and having to answer to a board as well as volunteers things move at a different pace and can sometimes be difficult to get things done, but I've experienced equal or worse red tape at large corporations.
    Also because it's a great place to work people don't leave and it can be difficult to advance


  2. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and very nice people

    Cons

    Horrible politics and back stabbing behavior

    Advice to Management

    focus on the customer

  3. Helpful (4)

    "I've tried for years..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They do have a very flexible work/life balance approach, cafe, and ample parking. A good company if you are early in your career.

    Cons

    IEEE was a very good company and people gave 150% because they felt valued, and were empowered to do their job. However, there's been a drastic change in the past 3-5 years. It's quite difficult to advance within the company even if you've received glowing reviews. There have been sweeping Management changes that have trickled down to the employee level and made most individuals miserable. Directors and upper Management have great ideas, however they aren't thought all the way through. Instead, the vague concepts are handed down to operation employees, who are then expected to deliver without knowing any background, strategy, or mission behind the ideas. Managers use to lead at IEEE, although more recently, it seems they are just passing along the flag. If the employee does not deliver, then no raise is given. Outsourcing has become a norm. "Farm it out, as much as you can, even if it comes back wrong," is a direct quote from a Manager. Senior Management staff are very careful and quite good at the political dances, in order to make a good name for themselves. It's no longer a Team atmosphere. Employees are now just a cog on the slow moving wheel. The bonus and incentive plans are sub par in comparison to other companies. Managers and Employees are hardly seen in the office, and always working from home, and non responsive. If you are early in your career then this is a good place to get your feet wet, otherwise pack up your passion and talents and just nod, do as your told, and pray daily before you get out of your car.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at the survey scores from your employees. And put the action plans into place. HR should listen, really listen to Employees instead of sweeping things under a rug. Employees are the ones with the boots on the ground, and can give you a sensible read on Management. Employees are what makes a good company great! IEEE has lost A LOT of great People due to poor Management. Horrendous.


  4. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IEEE full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of where and when to work- as long as you are productive, it's fine

    Cons

    Hard to deal/navigate with both staff and volunteers - feels like you have two bosses!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Harassment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IEEE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers, travel opportunities, salary

    Cons

    Senior management is disconnected from daily company operations. Middle management wreaks havoc among operations employees. No oversight or accountability. Harassment and intimidation is prevalent within the New Jersey location.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess your long term employees ability to complete goals. It seems like the only thing they've advanced in is how to get away with doing the least, traveling the most, and stomping on anyone who might pose a threat to their easy work day.


  6. "Data Center Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Center Operator in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Data Center Operator in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and amenities.

    Cons

    Rotating shifts and no room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Define a clearer path of advancement.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Laid back, community/volunteer driven"

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

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One good thing about a laid back culture is work-LIFE balance. IEEE is the place to be if you are looking for a 9-5.

    Cons

    Extremely territorial, to the extent that it impacts progress and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Culture eats strategy for breakfast.

  8. "WHATEVER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IEEE full-time

    Pros

    BENIFITS are good, when you use them

    Cons

    too many layers, need to streamline from top down

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IEEE full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, great opportunity to network, assists you in staying current

    Cons

    Many times there are too many layers to find answers


  10. "Current Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is something special about working for a non profit organization and helping to change the world for the better. There are plenty of interesting projects and opportunity to learn. Benefits are not too bad, 401k contributions from IEEE get better the longer you work there. Very stable, won't go out of business or have layoffs.

    Cons

    Salary tends to be lower than in for profit world (although not horrible). Politics are more common than in for profit world. Opportunities for promotion within are limited (although possible). CEO is "retiring" sometime in 2017-2018, so there could be some "transition period" with upper management and direction.


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