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Organization of American States Reviews

Updated December 13, 2016
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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)

  • Could not organize their way out of a wet paper bag, no money and crazy politics (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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)


  2. "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.


  3. "OAS review"

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    Current Employee - Disability Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Disability Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good environment. Is job I love

    Cons

    non stable contract situation, economic crisis


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    "An outlook of the organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Organization of American States full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have plenty areas of opportunity where you can grow or work regarding the Americas Continent.

    Cons

    The countries have not increased their quota at least in a decade, and which is affecting their human resources.

    Advice to Management

    They have done way more things on the American continent in different areas than other international organizations like UN, but they forgot to market those achievements with the citizens of their member States for years.


  6. "Yikes"

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

    Pros

    great multicultural staff, mostly youn that started as interns

    Cons

    Could not organize their way out of a wet paper bag, no money and crazy politics

    Advice to Management

    re boot!


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to learn how democracy works on the Continent

    Cons

    Can be very burocratic at times!


  8. "Good initial experience but need for reforms"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to start; interesting work in policymaking and dialogue with reg. governments; diverse atmosphere with colleagues from all over Latin America and the Carribean.

    Cons

    Weak human resources department gives lots of autonomy to program managers; lack of support; difficult to move up; funds for programs in many areas are lacking, which affects quality of work and creates stress among workers; not for those who enjoy a "fast-pace" environment.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more security to consultants on CPR contracts, modernize public management to provide regular evaluation of workers and mechanisms to control corruption.


  9. "Interesting people"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Organization of American States full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting people, passionate professionals, interesting topics, an opportunity to mingle with representatives from many different countries.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow. Lots of people have responsibilities way above their pay grade. There is a sense that individuals do not have agency to make things happen and take control of their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate some of the bureaucracy and make people more autonomous. Provide more chances to find alternative funding and focus on only certain topics.


  10. "Multicultural Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Organization of American States full-time

    Pros

    Spanish; Permits those with energy to take on tasks at hand regardless of seniority level

    Cons

    Lower salaries but offer professional development


  11. "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Lots of travels and exposure

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of investment on people. Terrible situation for short term contracts on G/4 visas



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