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  1. "What it is like to work at Ambassadors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at People to People Ambassador Programs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great talent! Great product and mission! Best people to hire as they have learned and gone through all!

    Cons

    Long history of mismanagement led to a critical turn of events resulting in company's assets liquidated, mass lay offs, and horrible CEO with a lack of empathy and a number of other humane traits, terrible employee treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Save what's left of it!


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Positive environment, a lot of work but worth it in the end when programs come together

    Cons

    A lot of work, based mainly at one point in the year

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Kick the dust of P2P off your feet, all ye who labor there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at People to People Ambassador Programs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not many left at this point. Used to have a nice building, but that was sold. Used to have decent benefits, but those were chipped away in the last year or so until little was left. Very sad.

    Cons

    No job security. It doesn't matter how well you do your job; you are expendable. Don't tell yourself different. Management that has survived all the layoffs since April 2014 have largely done so because they are mean, callous yes-people. They bow and scrape to the upper management (although there is at least 1 VP left who is a quality person - don't mean to tar the whole canvas).

    People who would apply to work there: don't do it. You have no future there. I no longer believe there is any hope for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending. Since the obvious goal is to sell or bankrupt the company, just do it. Stop torturing the scared little people still there who want to believe this company has a future. Put everyone out of their misery.

    And YES, I was let go in the big layoff in April of this year (2015). So feel free to dismiss my comments as those of a bitter longtimer who gave more than a decade to this place only to be let go the most minimal severance package imaginable and with NO PAYOUT FOR ACCUMULATED PTO. I'm certainly not pleased with that, but I am grateful to be out of that pit of despair that you call a business. And if you are honest with yourself and with everyone else, soon enough, everyone else will be also.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Captain is sinking the ship!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at People to People Ambassador Programs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great niche products that seek to help kids gain global cultural perspective and awareness
    Fun and collaborative employees
    Casual attire
    Decent pay and benefits (at least for me) Not sure about others.

    Cons

    - Ridiculous CEO who is very shady, non-collaborative, non-transparent, and who is taking the company down the drain.
    - Company is significantly downsizing and employees are either getting laid off or jumping ship. Stability is not there. It is par for the course for you to come in one morning and find out that you are being booted with an email from HR saying you need to meet with them that afternoon.
    -Recently moved out of a very good building with a great location and traded it for leasing a rundown downtown disaster space.
    - Upper management doesn't care about employees or the effect of their decisions on their livelihoods- heard the CEO joking with another senior manager in the middle of the employee work space the next day after announcing 60+ employee layoffs that the manager's newly added responsibilities from the "reorg" would look good on his resume. If I heard it I'm sure everyone else who just got the boot notice in cubes around me did too!
    - Pathetic severance was payoff for non-disclosure agreement and was not based on longevity with the company.
    - Compensation package was said to include a significant yearly bonus that was never realized.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Phil and return to good ethical practices and actually trying to make the business work - that is unless you are just trying to cash out the company for golden parachutes to executives and stock holders - in that case keep right on track with what you're doing. You're on track to have your parachutes ready by the end of 2015.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "If You Can Keep Up and Meet the High Expectations, It's a Good Company at Which to Grow Professionally"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at People to People Ambassador Programs full-time

    Pros

    People to People is a place where you need to be efficient, innovative, and solution-focused. There are high expectations, but it can be an enjoyable (even if it is somewhat stressful) place to learn and grow professionally.

    Even though there have been a lot of company and leadership changes recently, it finally feels as if we're moving in a consistent direction.

    You can't argue with the quality of product People to People offers. It's exceptional and life-changing for thousands of students.

    Cons

    -Doesn't always feel like actions/changes within the company are well-thought out
    -High-stress environment that isn't always compensated with fair pay

    Advice to Management

    It finally feels as if we're transitioning our programs into relevant and interesting educational experiences, let's keep moving in that direction! Keep everyone involved and informed in this time of transition; it's nice to be in the know when things are changing so rapidly.

    Please make an effort to inspire, motivate, and fairly compensate employees who are still with the company and will be doing a lot of the heavy lifting after the recent restructuring/reduction of workforce.


  6. "Company in the middle of transition that has lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Support Specialist in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Support Specialist in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are some of the best I have worked with in my 35 year history of employment

    Cons

    The management is short sighted and has lost sight of its purpose and its greatest resources

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to boost the stock price and start listening to the people that can make a difference - they have fantastic insight if you would only listen


  7. "Great people. Absolutely some of the best I have ever had the opportunity to work with."

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at People to People Ambassador Programs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People. Benefits are good but changing due to downsizing. Personal growth was incredible.

    Cons

    Too many changes at the top in leadership led to too many changes in strategy. This has brought a a halt and subsequent decline to sales. The changes have incurred in marketing too which has slowed momentum severely.

    Advice to Management

    Seems like the changes now are for the good. I would caution on some of the strategy as the numbers are not adding up.

  8. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at People to People Ambassador Programs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people and the companies mission. Good location and offices.

    Cons

    No ability to advance. Poor management. Too many managers who make poor decisions who are still there for some reason. Seems like they are setting up this company to sell it so there is not much of a future with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Too little too late.


  9. "If you can't boot-lick, this is not the company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Ambassador in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Ambassador in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at People to People Ambassador Programs part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Once you leave the "break-room" it is an absolute joy to be on the Promenade. The guess are wonderful as well as the vendors.

    Cons

    The leadership is awful. They will make up reasons to get rid of you and some based on casual conversations you have with associates during breaks or before signing in. They will even force others, against their will, to write something negative about you. When you complain to the HR Specialist at Corporate, they do nothing about it.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ask the targeted employee to get witnesses then do nothing with it, but instead, agree only with the office leadership. The turn over should tell you that something is wrong. Even the stake holders complain that the "good ones" are always let go.


  10. "A Shady Company"

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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Coordinator in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Experience Coordinator in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at People to People Ambassador Programs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Programs but, not consistently good. Physically comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    -Insulated, arrogant upper management.
    -Disjointed Program Office - the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.
    - Incredible work load and responsibility, for unincredible pay and respect.
    -Favoritism and nepotism reign in hiring and promotions, not talent.
    - Paternalistic and patronizing style of management encouraged and practiced company wide.
    - Extremely dishonest teary hiring and firing cycle.
    - Virtually no room for growth .
    - Top heavy management
    - Insulated figure-heads who do virtually no work but, who bring in triple digits.
    -Knee jerk, reactionary, last minute business practices.
    - A sinking ship

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't care for advice but, if they do take your advice don't expect any credit for it. This company will utilize your best efforts and ideas, siphon your energy, then hang you out to dry.


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