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IIE Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great and Worthwhile Mission"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong mission, passionate and interesting staff, offices worldwide, leader in international education field.

    Cons

    Transformation from non-profit to corporate business model, leadership is focused out of NYC, turn over occurs at high rate across all programs.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Integrity (lack of)"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IIE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is fantastic and it looks good on a resume for future employers.

    Cons

    The biggest thing to know about this company going into it is that what they say in the interview is not necessarily how your job will be. Things are changed at the whims of senior management, and will repeatedly violate their own HR guidelines on reporting structure, level of responsibility, and scope of work. Speaking up about the smallest of things will get you branded as a trouble maker and promotion/assignment decisions are dolled out to favorite employees. Your job scope will expand several times beyond the size they tell you it will, unless you're inept then you won't be assigned much work but also won't be fired. So if you're not one of those folks, be prepared to pick up the slack for them and do so cheerfully. Speaking up is very frowned upon here and you'll be penalized for it.

    There is a significant lack of internal integrity among upper/senior management who are in no way obligated to adhere to the rules they set forth. Be cautious when anyone promises you anything or says how things will be soon.

    Advice to Management

    Senior level staff are entrenched and territorial. The in fighting in the organization is brutal, but it's rewarded by upper management so it is still the best way to get ahead. It's obvious to everyone who works there.

  3. "Great experience1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Thoughtful manager; she assigned great projects.

    Cons

    As an intern, there was no pay.


  4. "Liaison"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Networking, finding a new career

    Cons

    i cannot think on any


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Organization heading th Wrong Way"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IIE part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great history and great people to work with; however, the organization does not have a plan to maintain strategic human talent.

    Cons

    Disastrous HR division lead by very incapable people who new each other from a previous organization they worked at. Though called an "HR" division yet they hate any non-email questions. As well, they rarely can answer any basic HR-questions without "researching the answer"--it is amazing how they are protected and cannot be held accountable as a team for their bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Please question what the HR team are doing to this great organization.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Undervalued."

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IIE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work isn't all that demanding, so it never needs to come home with you. If you're working late nights or on the weekends, you're doing something wrong. Likewise, IIE is a great place to work if you are studying part-time. IIE will toss you a few thousand dollars a year towards tuition, and work will never be so demanding that it will impact your studies.

    Cons

    There is no discernible difference between the responsibilities of Program Coordinators ("PC") and Program Officers ("PO"). Who ends up in what position depends on when you applied, and what was available at the time. Because of this, POs are very insecure, and try to reinforce their seniority over the PCs. There are few practical differences in responsibilities, and PCs and POs often do the exact same thing, just at different pay grades. PCs resent the POs, and POs work hard at putting the PCs "in their place."

    Moreover, it is very difficult to get promoted from PC to PO. To be fair it does happen, but it depends a lot on one's Associate Director supervisor. IIE tends to hire new POs from the outside, while letting the PCs stagnate. The PC position at IIE has zero growth potential, so at some point you'll have to leave. PO positions do allow for promotion, however, so if you land one of those you might see some career progress.

    All in all, IIE's model fosters a petty office environment. The PC/ PO dynamic fosters a lot of backstabbing and power games, and rewards office politics over doing your job well. People who just put their heads down and get things down do not fare well at IIE; they will get overlooked in favor of the cliquey social climber types.

    *Disclaimer: The above comments are only applicable to the DC office. The NY and other offices may be very different, so I wouldn't extrapolate to IIE as a whole.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "IIE member experience"

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    Former Employee - Society Member
    Former Employee - Society Member
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IIE part-time

    Pros

    A lot of high quality exposure to professional level industrial engineering opportunities. IIE provides members with a wide variety of informative industrial engineering learning sources.

    Cons

    Material can be redundant. But an endless amount of knowledge source nonetheless.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not the very best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everything that was promised was provided, even if in delay.

    Cons

    Bad structure and not very well trained personnel


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Wouldn't recommend it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's generally a low-stress environment that allows employees a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    It's an organization that's been in decline for a number of years due to both external and internal factors. Management is typical of many professional associations, with protection of turf and career given more attention and effort than innovation, creativity, or strategy. Working with an elected board of volunteers that changes every year results in havoc strategically and operationally.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Training officer"

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    Former Employee - Training Officer in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Training Officer in Cairo (Egypt)
    Recommends

    I worked at IIE (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing team, wonderful COP and deputy COP. Nice environment for work I recommend IIE for any professional works in developing the underserved girls in Egypt.

    Cons

    Supervisor was rude and upper management didn't support the lower positions staff