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IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2019

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IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) CEO Kristin M. Lord
Kristin M. Lord
15 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Truly an inclusive and collaborative atmosphere. The work itself is inspiring -- from empowering women to investing in youth to protecting journalists around the world.

    Cons

    Your experience can vary based on who's your manager -- there's a need for greater consistency to management across the organization.

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2019-04-02
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office is beautiful (not the cubicles)

    Cons

    A very toxic place for professional and personal development, not supportive but bullying

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2019-04-25
  3. Helpful (9)

    "Average, not the best"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - If one waits it out for two to three years and works an extreme amount, promotions are definitely possible. Once you get to a Program Officer or higher, the benefits are better. - Insurance is basically free for staff who make less then 45k

    Cons

    - Does not pay well/fairly compared to other international education non-profits - Promotions and benefits like travel and professional development for lower level staff vary widely by practice department. On some teams, Program Associates get promoted and get to travel within a year. Others make staff wait for 2 years for these benefits - Strong culture of over working. Work life balance is not discouraged but you...

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    Advice to Management

    Please treat lower level employees (Program Associates and Program Coordinators) with respect by providing living wages taking professional development seriously. Ask for anonymous feedback on specific directors to see if the benefits and pay are actually consistent between practices. Treating entry level staff with respect will lead to less turnover and a stronger, more dedicated organization

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2018-09-15
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Program Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, good office space.

    Cons

    Very silo-ed and inflexible senior management.

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2018-07-10
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    "Avoid at all costs (toxic environment)"

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful office space, accessible location, and advanced technology for a nonprofit.

    Cons

    First of all, the workload is excessive. Expect to work 10-14 hour work days without any appreciation or compensation. The amount of paperwork and administrative nonsense in every program will consume most of the day. Secondly, it is laughable that the mission of this place is that they "focus on people", the only people they focus on are the funders. They apply for almost every grant and write unrealistic proposals....

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    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at your management staff that has been with the company for over 10 years and ensure that they are not bullying their staff. HR needs to take all complaints seriously and do something about it. There is a reason that you have a high turnover. Also be real about your mission and serve those that you were funded to serve.

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2018-04-30

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board) Response

    May 7, 2018

    While we are very concerned to read your comments about your working experience at IREX, we thank you for sharing them with us. We regret that your work experience at IREX was not a positive one. Your feedback is important to us, and you have mentioned some areas that have our attention. ...

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Program Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting programming, and great junior staff.

    Cons

    Experience at IREX very much depends on your team & direct supervisor. Little diversity in Senior Management, and programming rarely diverts from a traditional development approach. HR is non-existent. No professional development opportunities for staff other than the chosen few.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in junior staff, and shake up senior management.

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2018-01-09
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Mission-driven, stellar staff"

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    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 for 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.

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2017-09-29
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good NGO in DC"

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    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 for 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.

    IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2017-09-13
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunities to move up and grow professionally"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

      Pros

      Great colleagues and good benefits, including professional development

      Cons

      Some teams work really hard

      IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2017-09-05
    • Helpful (1)

      "Okay"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

        Pros

        I had a good supervisor.

        Cons

        Lack of growth for interns.

        IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)2017-05-30
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