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Updated May 19, 2017
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  • Difficult to move up internally (in 4 reviews)

  • It also doesn't feel like there is a lot of room for growth, many people have had the same titles for 5 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Nice people, good job security"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Flexible hours
    Non-competitive environment
    Job security

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move up in the company


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IEEE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people at this company really care about you. There is great work/life balance and decent salaries.

    Cons

    Many people who work here stay here for life. This tends to create complacency. Just remember to keep it fresh and new and to move around.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Product Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great hours, Great benefits, fairly low stress but also low salary and increases

    Cons

    Lack of good leadership. Fractured management priorities. Despite being more aggressive about developing a singular marketing strategy, the company too much resembles a silo management. Each of the professional societies is run as an autonomous business unit and that's the problem. Do they serve the volunteer leadership? The members/engineers who publish? The scientific community? What about the engineering community in general or even the public at large? Who's your customer?

    Advice to Management

    You need to decide if you run this company or the members/volunteers do. It can't be both


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  5. "Very Challenge!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No hands on projects, usually deal with contractors.

    Cons

    No hands on projects, usually deal with contractors. Sometime, it could be very stressful.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flex Time, benefits, colleagues, location

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is the only thing I can think of


  7. "Great People, Great Benefits, But Attitude of company is changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at IEEE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits package
    Flexibility of working hours
    people make it a great place to work

    Cons

    Very silo'd and parts very non-profit, wispy washy.
    Other parts are very corporate


  8. Helpful (4)

    "This place is run backwards, going downhill, and is becoming one big mess!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrator in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Small bonus/incentive program for completing incentive goals, Telecommuting possible once a week depending on department / position. People can be friendly. Built-in cafeteria which serves breakfast and lunch. Some room for moving up within the company if you have a good department.

    CONS:
    Be warned, this place seems nice and welcoming at first, but soon you will realize the bureaucratic hell that lies beneath the surface. There are serious management issues within the company and there is no change in sight.

    Expect to work 45-60 hour weeks with no overtime pay. You're expected to work overtime and during the weekends as needed, which is very often. Some executives and managers do not respect vacation time and have no problem contacting you while you are taking time off. So why bother taking the time if you're going to be nagged anyway?

    In the past 5+ years myself and my co-workers have noticed things deteriorate drastically. It's a shame, it used to be pretty OK here. But speak to anyone in the hallway and they all have the same feelings.

    IEEE is run for the volunteers, they are the priority above everything. This means you must bend over backwards for them. Being cursed at or thrown under the bus by them is all part of the job and will happen frequently. They will blame you for tasks you were not a part of and not even your manager will defend you at times. Volunteers must be consulted before almost anything can be done, and most of the time they end up delaying a project or making everything extremely complicated or adding items to it. If you miss a deadline it’s of course your fault, not theirs.

    Narrow-sighted executives are so eager to please volunteers, that half-formed ideas or projects are given the 'go ahead' before gaining input form any employee or persons familiar with the proposed project. It's not unheard of for one in the executive director position to green light a project that relates to a staff member's duties without even a mention of the project. The project will then run into issues down the road and you will be brought in to put out the fire, bewildered why you never heard of it before.

    Cons

    Management & Human Resources don't seem to care about how you are treated by a volunteer (or co-workers), and don't expect your executive director to defend you from an angry volunteer either. Human Resources instantly takes the side of the company 99% of the time before even hearing the whole story. So good luck trying to make a case on how you've been wronged or how you are treated badly, etc. They simply won't care unless you maybe threaten legal action, maybe...

    The management of the company will never realize the pure fear employees have of speaking to Human Resources. It's widely believed that whatever is said to HR always finds it's way back to the person you were complaining about. No matter how confidential they tell you the meeting is. Why? Well, in order to file a formal complaint, the accused person must be notified of the complaint. So if you are in a department the size of 5 people, it's pretty easy for you to be sniffed out. And if you don't file a formal complaint, it's swept under the rug, never to be seen again. So you either put your job on the line or you shut up and keep your head down.

    Some managers and execs often don't get along well, so be prepared to be stuck in the middle and be micro-managed to the extreme. Execs will often pin tasks to you directly and manage employees without notifying managers. This creates a stressful and complex web of tasks and duties from both directions with one party not aware of what the other party has been assigned. It seems like this is done deliberately at times to make you screw up or look bad.

    Numerous complaints have been made about those holding long-standing executive positions in select areas of the company, some serious. Word gets around. However years go by and everything is still the same. Those up top seem to stay there forever, everyone's feeling is that they get away with murder. Those on the bottom change frequently if they make too much of a fuss. Execs will be scolded by HR to straighten up and fly right, and they will, for about a month. Then things return to normal when your exec’s phony happy & thankful attitude disappears quickly.

    IT staff are trying their best and are mostly fine, but computer hardware and software are outdated. Everyone is running Windows XP with locked-down systems so installing "not approved" software requires you jumping through hoops and filling out endless forms. By then you are halted by a self-righteous, know-it-all IT tech (who does not know it all) who decides you can't have it installed for some bogus reason (usually because of their personal feelings on the item). This is the year 2012 not 1999, get your act together!

    Parts of the building have received a fresh coat of paint or remodeling, IEEE is obviously doing well and pouring funds into new projects. But none of those funds seem to be going to increase employee salaries or working conditions.

    Office furniture that has been the same since the 90's was recently deemed "too old" by the big wigs. This meant renovations with smaller cubicles with no tall walls! With departments cramming more people into smaller areas too. Thankfully the negative feedback seems to have dampened future renovation plans of other cubicles, for now. Of course the big wigs who have these ideas aren't effected in their office, so why should they care?

    We have obviously overgrown our building, but no serious action is being taken to take full ownership of our second building down the road where we currently only lease a few floors. You would think that with record membership numbers IEEE, they could afford to buy more space.

    In all honesty this place is the standard office job, don't expect anything spectacular. They are after your ideas and talent with little to no reward. Did you just save the company big bucks by creating a tool yourself or designing some way to fix a project? Too bad, you may get a pat on the back (if you're lucky) but don't expect a reward or any recognition. This is expected of you. But don't worry, your higher-ups will probably take the credit for it anyway, but never the blame if it fails. They can clearly do no wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Stale executives and department leaders are bringing the departments down with them. The extremely slow pace of improving and moving forward is maddening to employees. No employee in the company ever expects anything to get finished on time or properly. Especially due to the extreme reliance on inactive or unhelpful volunteers which seem to do their "jobs" whenever they see fit and never seem to feel rushed.

    Their input seems to matter most, even over the sanity and well-being of IEEE employees. Human Resources needs to be deeply probed and fixed. Then employees can feel safe when reporting complaints without the fear of losing their job. Word gets around in the hallways, we are not mindless robots, nor are we stupid. Things need to change in a big way or more and more people will jump ship like I have and swim towards less turbulent waters.

    Maybe if all of the executives were given the boot and some fresh faces and ideas were introduced (that weren't constantly fumbled by the involvement of outside volunteers) that would make a difference.

    It's laughable that the company boasts that they are one of New Jersey's top-rated businesses to work. What they don't tell you is they are no number 1, they are in the low 30's. There is lots of room for improvement here.

    IEEE can be a great place to work again, but major changes need to happen. You can't keep sailing in circles, you're going to sink eventually.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Place of Employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great people; great culture; fair pay; telecommuting; autonomy; supportive of professional development

    Cons

    None that I can think of now


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work, with some management challenges"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends

    Pros

    IEEE does good things, and it has good benefits. For me, it's a great place to work, but I think that varies depending on what department you work in. I would not want to work in some of the other departments, as their senior management is not as supportive of their employees.

    Cons

    There is way to strong a silo effect happening here. Senior management needs to work together and support cross-unit teams. In addition, for some areas, the additional layer of volunteer control makes things very slow and deliberative. That can be a good thing, but too often, pet projects get promoted and other things slowed down.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the corporate culture. Show that you trust and support employees, and be fair across the organization. Keep the good things, and don't become too focused on being like a for-profit corporation. We're a 501(c)(3)--and that should show in our mission and how we treat employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Promising, if I last...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends

    Pros

    Connection to activity,: work life balance; opportunity to contribute and make a difference; benefits; not stressful; people are generally nice, sincere and caring

    Cons

    Hard to get things done, lack of investment in infrastructure means lots of manual activity, overly involved volunteers meddle in operations, lack of talent is appalling, at all levels; lack of collegiality across org; a bit siloed in thinking; there is a lack of a sense of urgency and professionalism - good enough is good enough

    Advice to Management

    Keep the pace of change; get out the dead wood and those who only thrive in an association world


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