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IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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Kristin M. Lord
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Mission-driven, stellar staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Truly committed and engaged staff. Staff help shape organization's mission and help shape strategic direction. Above-average benefits package. Staff at all levels invited and encouraged to participate in technical aspects of work. Opportunity for junior staff to travel internationally and represent IREX before donors and partners.

    Cons

    Despite good benefits (retirement, health, etc), salaries are low for Washington, DC metro area. High turnover in entry-level ranks.


  2. "Good NGO in DC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, positive company culture, good benefits. Love the summer flexible schedule and generous 401K matching.

    Cons

    High turnover, especially among entry- and mid-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Most PAs and PCs come in with a Master's degree. Salaries should be higher, and/or should reflect previous work experience even if not in direct field.

  3. "Opportunities to move up and grow professionally"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and good benefits, including professional development

    Cons

    Some teams work really hard


  4. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I had a good supervisor.

    Cons

    Lack of growth for interns.


  5. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time

    Pros

    Great non profit with a great work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes loud in the office


  6. "Learned a lot"

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot here on the communications side, from digital media to payment processing. Everyone is very helpful.

    Cons

    Budget/funding issues for hiring, etc. But that is also typical of nonprofit orgs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Important, meaningful work. Colleagues are smart and very hard working. IREX cares about having real technical impact

    Cons

    Opportunities for upward mobility are limited. Experience very dependent on initiative of supervisor

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a bad place for an entry-job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a great place for those who are looking for entry-level jobs. The salary and work schedule is attractive.

    Cons

    Poor feedback from seniors and late payments are the only cons I can think about. Many work-mates share the same view.

    Advice to Management

    Project seniors should interact in a deeper way with the employers and give instant feedback about work performances without delay.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership Practice Intern Position"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time

    Pros

    IREX is a great organization to work for if you're passionate about program development. Their programs span a wide range of interests. The people who work there are passionate, dedicated, and friendly.

    Cons

    Like any international development agency, you will be expected to put in a ton of work, which is worth it if you're not overtime exempt. There can be some lack of communicate between management and projects don't always seem to be done in the most efficient ways. They don't seem to promote people unless you give them are reason to (i.e. "I have another job offer")


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Candid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, excellent work, commitment to excellence in all we do.

    Cons

    micro-management and lack of trust of employees by upper management; aversion to risk


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