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IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth if you push for them

    Cons

    Many masters-level graduates still have to start at the associate level, which is basic administrative work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place for an entry-job"

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    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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good staff but uneven management and lots of change in short time"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people at many levels of the organization. Becoming more mission driven and strategic. Some opportunities for growth for the right kind of person (new business minded, extrovert).

    Cons

    Lots of new people in the upper levels leads to some changes in organizational culture, mission, and atmosphere that hits different people in different ways. Still needs to improve on transparency. Disconnect between the senior management and the staff on the mission of the organization, which doesn't seem surmountable. Pay is slightly below average. Management entirely depends on supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to actually manage and grow their people, and get rid of them if they don't/can't. So few managers are good leaders of people at this organization, and the few that are are rarely given the opportunity to lead others.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting projects/stressful environment"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time

    Pros

    Great people who all have passion for the work. Projects are interesting. Opportunities to meet amazing people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Long hours with little compensation. High paced environment with constant pressure to take on more. Work-life balance is non-existent.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Confused Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. A wonderful, collaborative, and supportive work culture--though that seems to have changed recently.

    Cons

    Executive leadership has poorly managed a drawn-out strategic planning process that has all of us involved frustrated and demoralized. There's a growing lack of trust. New leadership might not have spent enough time learning about the organization, the international development field, and the program models and doesn't seem to quite grasp the correct role.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step a back and spend some time learning. Build trust.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "its ok"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great environment, professional growth, interesting work and programs

    Cons

    lack of common vision, too much strategic process


  8. "Good organization, though depends on which division"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can learn a lot at the organization especially about international development programs. Plus, IREX continues to grow in areas of MENA and sub-saharan Africa.

    Cons

    In the Education Programs Division, program associates can expect to do a lot of grunt work with little input on program management and little chance for advancement.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great mission, Professional development opportunities, and Low compensation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +Mission-based non-profit organization, focusing on education, media, civil society, and technology
    +Great office building with lots of perks (coffee, tea, nespresso) and great location in downtown DC
    +Professional development opportunities and in-house trainings
    +Youthful organization with approximately 150 employees in the Washington, DC office and people who are passionate about their work
    +Opportunity for professional growth if you align yourself with the right people in the organization and fit within the organizational culture at IREX

    Cons

    -Divisions are somewhat siloed both physically as well as by projects/programs, therefore while there is cross-divisional collaboration, employees tend to gravitate to their own divisions to conduct business as well as to socialize
    -Low compensation
    -Professional development may be limited if you are not aligned with the right people and do not fit within the organizational culture at IREX
    -Toxic senior leadership (Advice: Investigate who your primary supervisor will be before accepting a position)

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees through ownership and accountability in the decision-making processes and treat them as active collaborators in projects and programs.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) full-time

    Pros

    IREX has created a collegial work environment while managing a challenging set of projects. IREX is also comprised of capable, friendly, mission-driven field-based staff and the DC office (renovated in April 2013) is a great environment in which to work. I also really enjoyed the size of the org (roughly 100 in DC; 450 globally).

    Cons

    Though it has been known to pay less than other DC-based mid-sized NGOs, I certainly enjoyed my experience with this organization. Limited mobility for some less senior staff and a high degree of burnout in the Educations Program Division.

    Advice to Management

    Define your future goals and present a united front. A lighter touch of management style from the Sr. Management might do the organization some good (i.e. instill a greater degree of trust in your SPO/POs).


  11. "My work at IREX was interesting, although there is not enough incentive given to new employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a diverse workforce and good chemistry between employees.

    Cons

    Some projects are impractical and should be managed more efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    The divisions at IREX are somewhat rigid and do not cover everything they should.


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