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Organization of American States Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good hours, good work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place to learn how democracy works on the Continent (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Living in DC is too expensive for an unpaid internship (in 7 reviews)

  • It is challenging to get a full-time permanent position, and most work is contract work without benefits (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Organization of American States full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to a multi-cultural environment and professional growth

    Cons

    Job inestabilility due to Budgetary constraints


  2. "Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Organization of American States full-time

    Pros

    opportunity for multilateral work with many poor countries

    Cons

    too much instability due to politics involved in the budget approval process

  3. "OAS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Organization of American States full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Holidays off
    flexible work hours
    Near metro

    Cons

    Lacking of training
    Too much personal drama in the office
    Supervisor lacked interpersonal skills
    Short period contract


  4. "HR Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Organization of American States full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Organization Mission
    Multicultural working environment
    Competitive salary and benefits
    Headquarters Location

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities
    Limited budgetary and Financial Resources

    Advice to Management

    Define strategic areas of the organization in order to align resources
    Workforce planning
    Improve organization's image with member countries
    Improve organization's relevance


  5. "Be willing to accept the bad with the good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Organization of American States full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits for staff members. Paid vacation, sick leave, family leave etc. Generally nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Limited flexibility. No telecommute options. Outdated technology. Limited opportunities for growth. Rarely do you get promoted on merit, it's always about politics.

    Advice to Management

    Promote on merit. Update IT department and policies. Plan in advance.


  6. "Good workplace"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Organization of American States full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culturally diverse environment, good salary and great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunities


  7. "Project Officer"

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    Former Employee - Project Officer
    Former Employee - Project Officer
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Organization of American States (More than a year)

    Pros

    The projects are worthwhile, as they focus on institutional and capacity building. The member countries are generally grateful for the assistance they receive from the OAS. The project work ebbs and flows, but the atmosphere is generally friendly.

    Cons

    The Organization has some extremely bureaucratic processes that can create delays in project momentum. It is challenging to get a full-time permanent position, and most work is contract work without benefits.

  8. "Program Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Organization of American States full-time

    Pros

    Benefits. Retirement fund, vacation, maternity/paternity leave, etc

    Cons

    HR Department is terribly slow and terribly inefficient. Does not encourage professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR. Create a merits based system. Encourage and retain the good professionals.


  9. "Sustainable Development"

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

    I worked at Organization of American States full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good learning environment, with many projects.

    Cons

    lack of opportunities to advance the professional career (I mean get a better salary and benefits)


  10. "Econ crisis"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Organization of American States full-time

    Pros

    It does interesting work for the Americas, for Latin American professionals who live in Washington DC. It is trying to cope with a financial crisis and maintain employees or let them go with a good benefit package.

    Cons

    The openings now are to regularize employees contractual situation. There is little professional growth posibilities. Must speak Spanish.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and promotions must trully be based on merits and qualifications.
    Change the work paradigm from a hierarchical one to a cooperative/team work one.


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