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International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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  1. "Great Mission, Low Employee Satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Officer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic university environment and very good health, dental and retirement benefits. The mission of the organization is very important and the senior researchers are inspiring experts in their fields.

    Cons

    Career growth and employee satisfaction were not prioritized so employee talents were underutilized. University bureaucratic structure made it difficult to let go of under-performers or promote high-performers.


  2. "Specialist"

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

    Pros

    The benefits Columbia offers, some competent peers

    Cons

    Very little respect for employees (expected to work 24/7, on holidays and even on vacation), salaries that are well below market rate and laughably low raises, no opportunity for advancement, no training opportuniteis offered, out of touch with the public health world.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit from outside Columbia - not just your former students, pay the market rate in order to hire qualified and competent staff, learn to respect your employees and see them as people and not robots you underpay to work 24/7, nurture staff to they can develop and advance versus keeping people low skilled, plug into the world outside ICAP


  3. "I enjoyed my experience at ICAP."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Work is meaningful and has an impact in support of the fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

    Opportunity to work with some very talented people.

    Cons

    The upper-manhattan location (Washington Heights) can be a bit of headache to get to.

    Very few places to go for lunch.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Demeaning and rude, very demanding. HR was no help whatsoever, as usual. I felt I was being setup for failure."

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

    Pros

    The focus of the group was great, and colleagues were nice, but management wasn't what you expect from people in the healthcare business.

    Cons

    Family leave to take care of a spouse dying of cancer was brutal, and only allowed 3-days after passing before due back at work.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. "Good projects, not enough staff to manage"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects, talented staff, academic environment is challenging

    Cons

    High turnover and burnout, employee morale can be low because of limited bandwidth to manage very demanding projects; poor work life balance


  7. "Poor business model that relies on staff to deal with dysfunctional management"

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

    I worked at International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs full-time

    Pros

    ICAP does good work in providing technical advice to mostly sub-Saharan African countries

    Cons

    Extremely dysfunctional management, under-budgets proposals so that they can be awarded funds and then pressures staff to over-extend and work at double/triple their bandwidth, senior level decision makers have no management experience and use nepotism to pit colleagues against each other

    Advice to Management

    Be honest when hiring staff and advise them on the reality of working at ICAP. Set and encourage a collegial tone to your work and you might get less turnover. You recruit amazing people but you don't trust them to do their job - take the leap of faith.


  8. "Good stepping stone, but no growth opportunities"

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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 International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs full-time

    Pros

    Access to benefits of working at university

    Cons

    No opportunities to climb ladder, poor senior management, inability to get things done due to funder disfunction.


  9. "ICAP review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart, driven staff, interesting global projects, decent work/life balance

    Cons

    Very poor communication between units, no training, very little sense of community


  10. "laboratory technician"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Maseru (Lesotho)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Maseru (Lesotho)

    I have been working at International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work experience and knowledge

    Cons

    Lots of work.less social life

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. "Assistant Warehouse Officer"

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    Current Contractor - Assistant Warehouse Officer in Matsapha (Swaziland)
    Current Contractor - Assistant Warehouse Officer in Matsapha (Swaziland)

    I have been working at International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and good remuneration packages.

    Cons

    Certain processes tend to be slow hence frustrate employees yet overall no downsides to this working environment.