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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative President & CEO Margaret McGlynn
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  1. "Great people, great mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues
    Mission
    Interesting and diverse work
    Great and visionary CEO
    Ability to innovate
    Location

    Cons

    Communication and transparency from Senior leaders
    Some incompetent senior leaders
    Culture of entitlement for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Revise promotion and bonus structure to realign incentives to business needs and performance respectively


  2. "Amazing people in the Laboratory!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked in the laboratory part of the International AID Vaccine Initiative for 10+ years. I did research on vector design, gave presentations, worked in the lab doing cell culture and virus purifications and lastly, trained junior members. I really enjoyed my co-workers and work in the lab.

    Cons

    The Head Quarters of IAVI is in Manhattan, and the lab is in Brooklyn. We didn't get to interact with the people at Head Quarters that much.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to the people in the lab in Brooklyn by including them in more activities at HQ.

  3. "IAVI, getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Improving. There some major changes happening which could be for the better under the new CEO. Better culture change.

    Cons

    Needs improvement with communication and fair pay to all parties, not just upper management.


  4. "Interns can work hands on with freedom to show own initiative"

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

    I worked at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic mentorship from the Medical Affairs team. Friendly co-workers, and approachable senior management, compassionate and hard working towards the company's mission.

    Cons

    As most non-profits things may move a bit slow, atmosphere is more laid back than in most places, which can be frustrating at times. Junior staff often moves on to other companies, possibly because of limited opportunities for growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify opportunities for growth within the company for junior staff


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Motivated international team of professionals.

    Cons

    Long term mission; recent series of management changes.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Executive Management, But Good People"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people all passionate about the mission of the organization

    Cons

    C-level is aloof and demonstrated no ability to secure this organization's financial future. Once Seth Berkley left essentially all real fund-raising left with him. Year over year, external funding decreasing.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid hiring another administrative suit as CEO and hire someone with fund-raising depth before IAVI is absorbed into the Gates Foundation.


  7. "Fantastic Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Communications Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very engaging, exciting place to work. Great work environment with a lot of smart, driven, talented people around you. Great office location in Manhattan. 10/10

    Cons

    Could not attain full time employment. Position began as an internship, and when it concluded no full time positions were available.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  8. "Great goals but floundering for funding"

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

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment and facilities in lab.

    Cons

    Less growth opportunities. Weak senior management.


  9. "great people"

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    Current Employee - R&D in New York, NY
    Current Employee - R&D in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very good people to work with

    Cons

    it is hard to move up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    make the correct hires


  10. "IAVI has decent working conditions but selfish, overpaid executives."

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

    Pros

    Many employees find a mission and work energetically to make sure that the world has a safe AIDS vaccine.

    Cons

    The income inequality at this so-called non-profit is obscene. IAVI has repeatedly laid off employees making between $30K and $50K while paying its CEO $500K a year. Other executives also receive high levels of compensation. One wonders in several cases are concerned with helping the disease-ridden or only with their comfortable jobs. It was ugly to watch leaders of the company jump ship a few years ago when economic indicators for IAVI began to point south. Many --though not all -- in the leadership are egotistical, lazy and uninformed about those that work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


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