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Updated December 3, 2017
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  • upper management is not willing to learn new technology (in 13 reviews)

  • Average to below average non-profit salary (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Safe reliable job, with great benefits

    Cons

    getting promotion is difficult, management issues and salary is low


  2. "pay isnt great, but still a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great office location in nyc

    Cons

    can be clicky and very much who you know in order to move up

    Advice to Management

    never any team building activities

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent number of vacation days.

    Cons

    Employees are overworked and underpaid. The recent organization redesign was/is a huge disaster, but upper management doesn't seem to care because they all make 6 figures, while the ones further down actually putting in the hours make pennies. There are no raises at IIE (the year-end 3% raise is a total joke), and no one cares about helping you succeed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Overall, employees are generally dedicated to the mission of the organization

    Cons

    - Additional disorganization after restructuring
    - Lack of communication
    - Lack of definition on department roles and tasks
    - Lack of training
    - HR is often unpleasant to work with and non-responsive
    - Low morale due to the above

    Advice to Management

    - Work on and spend money on retaining talented staff rather than recruiting
    - Consider downsizing the number of systems utilized


  5. Helpful (4)

    "It sucks the life out of you!"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good PTO, interesting people from many different backgrounds.

    Cons

    Underpaid and overworked! People across the organization are miserable after the company's redesign.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and actually do something to help instead of expecting people to work 15 hours a day to get the job done.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "great colleagues, but organization is going through a restructure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work colleagues are motivated, passionate, and come from all different backgrounds and experiences.

    Cons

    The organization is going through a restructure, and there is a lot of internal confusion on roles and responsibilities. Some staff members are very overworked, and there is no comp time offered for employees who work extra hours on nights and weekends. There is no opportunity to provide feedback to higher level managers, and when you need answers for work related tasks, no one knows whom to ask or where to find answers. The salary is also very low, and there is constant employee turnover.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Redesigned for Failure"

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

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Dedicated, passionate staff
    -Strong compensation package (PTO, retirement contributions)
    -IIE has a strong reputation in the field and attracts many intelligent and motivated individuals. This same intelligence and motivation soon inspires them to leave once they realize what IIE has become today.

    Cons

    -For over a year, this organization has been in chaos trying to navigate a poorly-planned "Redesign" reorganization. Staffing plans were rolled out with holes, no obvious plans were made to fill empty positions as staff have fled at increased rates, and leadership has been absent and silent in the face of an overworked and unhappy community.
    -"Grow with IIE" is meant to promote organization staff from within. The reality is lateral moves exist, while vertical moves are rare between programs. This initiative is a joke amongst employees.
    -Staff work long hours, including many young mothers who regularly work at home late at night and still cannot meet the unrealistic expectations imposed upon them. For an organization with a majority female workforce, this is shameful.

    Advice to Management

    -When staff voice concerns over their inability to manage increasing workloads with the reorganization, do not respond with "Imagine what it is like for leadership" or "Would it take more time for you to train a temp or to do it yourself?"
    -Talk to your staff; do not remain silent as we struggle to figure out where we fit in the reorganization.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Institute of International Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a large company that is stable. It's not going anywhere

    Cons

    Get ready to play office politics and stake your territory. You'll get to be a pawn in the territorial fights between directors, and be left in the middle with zero direction or support. You'll also be responsible for expectations that supervisors have but failed to tell you about until after it was too late to do anything about it.

    You can go from your position managing one person, to then managing two (which is above the pay grade you are in) to then managing five people and they'll offer you a $3K raise and be incensed when you try to talk about how that seems incredibly low for the additional work that you are taking on.

    If you want to work in a place where upper management cares, this is not that place.

    Advice to Management

    Gather information from the ground up. You're not getting an accurate picture from your senior leadership team.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Disconnected, low morale"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of free food from events, some travel, lots of time off (about 1 day every 2 weeks), good mission that provides large impact

    Cons

    Senior management extremely disjointed (I've been working here 1.5 years and can count on one hand how many times I've seen my department head), low morale of employees, extremely low pay, large caseloads with little to no support or training

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, hire more staff, engage in opportunities to get to know your employees instead of staying in your office


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Global Travel Learning Fund"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Institute of International Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience. Looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Most unorganized company I have ever worked for. When I started nobody wanted to train me. I didn't realize I was walking into such a hostile environment. They expected me to know how to do the job with no training. How crazy is that? There are many unprofessional people who work here.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to hire new people make sure you offer training! Take responsibility for the poor training techniques and terrible organization within the company.


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