IES Abroad Reviews

Updated Aug 7, 2020

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3.1
44%
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IES Abroad President and CEO Dr. Mary Dwyer
Dr. Mary Dwyer
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "Organization's growth, work/life balance, support, and excellent benefits(in 5 reviews)

  • "Great colleagues, good opportunity to gain entry-level study abroad experience(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "As an entry level employee, pay is criminally low and not worth the stress of the job(in 7 reviews)

  • "Upper management doesn't get it(in 6 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Positive experience working for IES Abroad"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The IES culture is positive and supportive overall. There are a ton of great colleagues, and every team has its own mini-culture. I truly believe the vast majority of employees believe in the mission and have the best intentions. My manager trusted me to do my job without getting too involved, but was quick to jump in if I asked for assistance with an external relations or internal politics issue. Many older reviews complain about lack of opportunity for growth, and while I agree that it was certainly the case then, I will attest that in recent years I watched the organization change its attitude and begin making significant numbers of internal hires for open mid-level positions. No organization is perfect but I don't think I would have been happier working elsewhere. I was there for 5+ years and would have stayed much longer had it not been for COVID-19 layoffs, unfortunate but necessary since the international education field was heavily impacted.

    Cons

    Not all managers are created equal, and some are much better advocates and more trusting of their teams than others. Outdated technology and systems hampered my workflow, though we were in the process of a tech overhaul before COVID-19. While I did witness many changes happen quickly, at other times internal bureaucracy seemed to be a hindrance to taking timely action.

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  2. "Mission Oriented"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and a great area to work

    Cons

    Nothing really, it was a good place to work.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Rocky road ahead"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You will work with some wonderful people, passionate about the mission of helping students.

    Cons

    Upper management is staid and preferential towards a select group of staff; there is a revolving door of HR staff with at least 4 HR Directors in the past 2 years; and there is a lack of market research to drive development.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Diversity Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance there.

    Cons

    Not too much opportunity for growth

  5. "Okay place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time

    Pros

    Professional environment with nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    To much emphasis on enrollment with out ensuring the support structures are in place

  6. "Ok place"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Assistant 

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time

    Pros

    Nice people environment everyone friendly

    Cons

    Low pay, management needs diversity training

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nonprofit"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    supportive co-workers, location, health benefits

    Cons

    some unclear expectations and communication from management, diversity, earned PTO instead of set amount at start of year, work-life balance, unpaid overtime

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Good mission but terrible culture"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time

    Pros

    Nonprofit, helping students, good coworkers

    Cons

    Corporate culture, lack of true leadership in many departments, many entry-level positions seen as disposable, being an Advisor felt more like being a part of a call-center. Some departments held to very high standards of customer service ("respond within 24 hours!"), while other departments would take weeks to get back about an issue -- causes major frustration between departments, which are completely siloed. There was a lack of transparency from higher up - some departments got salary raises while others were left out, even with almost identical roles. Colleagues would often talk about not feeling fulfilled and how they were looking for employment elsewhere. Lack of good compensation and career development for those who were truly talented and dedicated.

  9. "Not a very stressful place to work but very low pay"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers and a genuine mission

    Cons

    Very low pay with many advisors struggling to make ends meet

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Worst Company I've ever worked"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IES Abroad full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office location is good and convenient. Coworkers are nice and supportive. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    BEWARE! These guys are scam. Worst management I have ever came across. Favoritism and special privileges to certain employees despite of their work performance. There are no regulations or red tape how to run the business, extremely unorganized corporate structure. Very old school mentality and slow/ laid back working atmosphere with no deadlines/ organized structure. This is the most pathetic workplace I ever worked at.

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