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Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  1. "great socially, bad professionally"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Advisor in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Student Advisor in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great vacation days, including US and Islamic holidays. Best medical insurance, OK pay but you have to pay your own taxes.
    WONDERFUL group of employees, and great place to make friends.
    good place as a stepping stone - no more.

    Cons

    Horrible management, no increase in salary for ages and ages, no professional development, no rewards, you have to pay your own taxes (15% of you salary) from your own pocket. NO flex hours, NO work from home, no trust in employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please, lean how to run an educational organization from the west, and lean how to treat your employees with respect.


  2. "Academic Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    The organization didn't hire quick enough advisors when there was an unusual increase in the number of students.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work!


  3. "SACM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pros include comprehensive health insurance, generous vacation time. Coworkers are a hit or miss, management is ok. The position looks good on your resume; compensation is good.

    Cons

    Management and directors are incompetent. You are pretty much doing to same thing everyday, not much challenges. I don't really recommend working here unless you plan to stay for a maximum of a year

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with more respect and not doormats. Listen to their opinions and recommendations regarding the work. Last piece of advice is to stop micro-managing.


  4. "Adminstrative assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Assistant in Fairfax Hills, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Fairfax Hills, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great international non-profit organization foe education

    Cons

    required some travling nationally on monthly basis

    Advice to Management

    great HR


  5. "Academic Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    family friendly environment, with liberal vacation days (22 working days or a month if taken whole), and Islamic holidays and federal holidays. work is straightforward, but sometimes the system (and management and students) make it more complicated than it should be. GREAT health insurance and GREAT pay

    Cons

    no advancement; management tends to micromanage (including making daily rounds to ensure employees at desk); sometimes the process for requesting time-off is complicated and the form needs to be approved by several departments; 5 sick days per day, but need to prove (via medical note) that you needed the day off for medical reasons; barely any compensation for overtime work, and no salary increases/raises at all.

    Advice to Management

    pay for overtime work
    less micromanagement


  6. "Terrible environment with empty promises"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None really; I guess it looks ok on my resume

    Cons

    Started out with promises of being salaried after three months. After almost a year of constantly asking my managers, I was never salaried or given access to the generous healthcare benefits. The culture there is very self-serving and even lazy. Academic advisors do not want to advise their students (answer emails, phone calls, etc.) and the students have no option but to show up and meet with them in person. Some people were diligent workers but the attitudes of the management and others bring everyone down. Horrible work environment for the money I made and I was miserable every day there.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Unpleasant Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are an Arab and home sick, this is the right place to be. There are employees from almost every country in the Arab world.
    Excellent health insurance plan.

    Cons

    Hostile environment
    Benefits other than health insurance are non-existent, such as no sick leave days, no maternity leave.
    FMLA law is not implemented despite the signed contract.
    Same-day notice termination policy implemented.
    No tolerance to religions other than Sunni Wahabi Islam.
    Minimal, if any, respect to non-Saudi Employees.

    Advice to Management

    Must consult younger US based management companies to help restructure the HR system. The employment/termination policies should be very clear. Ombudsman should be available to employees to handle abuse, discrimination and other personal matters at the office. Saudi employees recruited from Saudi Arabia must get professional orientation to the US culture and dealing with the opposite sex.
    To improve productivity, employees must get a sense of job security and stability, in the current status, the productivity is low and of poor quality.


  8. "great work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    great people and good benefits

    Cons

    big number of students are increasing every year

    Advice to Management

    more training for the employee


  9. "academic adviosr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission full-time

    Pros

    vacations and health insurance

    Cons

    no promotions (dead end job)


  10. "Stay away"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission full-time

    Pros

    insurance was good and ample vacation time

    Cons

    -they don't pay an employer tax, so you're stuck paying their share which is hefty
    -no opportunities for advancement
    -favoritism


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