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Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Winning a Victory for Humanity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is amazing and you really feel as if you're winning a victory for humanity working there.

    Cons

    Management was in complete free-fall when I left.


  2. "6 reorganizations in 8 years!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Institute of Peace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Some decent folks working there. New building, with parking and easy access to public transportation. Some high profile visitors come to speak.

    Cons

    USIP is unsure of its identity. It's too busy trying to get $$$ from others in the USG and has no real thought leadership or expertise of its own. Lots of spin and BS - scratch the surface and you'll see nothing is there.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Many pros, but many cons"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Institute of Peace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The support staff is great; always available with great customer service. Great high-level events with incredible guests. A great job to have on your resume.

    Cons

    No room for advancement; you will stay in the same position for years, despite your contributions. The organization is extremely top-heavy with too many directors and VPs and not enough support staff. You'll be overworked and completing tasks that aren't in your original job description. Lastly, It's not always peaceful at the Institute of Peace. There's so much unnecessary conflict between the various stove-piped departments and programs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the exodus of great talent by providing better career advancement opportunities.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Research Asssitants"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Institute of Peace (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, absolutely beautiful building.

    Cons

    Research Assistants don't actually do any research. Very little room for any growth or career development.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place, but challenging personalities."

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Institute of Peace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    USIP is a great place to work. The people are really dedicated and nice, but there are not a lot of ways to advance in your career.

    Cons

    Some department leaders make it difficult to work together efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    A focused strategy that prioritized evidence-based activities and actually invested enough in these key efforts to see real progress would help the organization move cohesively.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "USIP"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Institute of Peace (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great building - nice coworkers - work that has a purpose

    Cons

    funding is a problem. USIP is still struggling with its identity.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "It's okay until you're scapegoated."

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in DC Ranch, AZ
    Former Employee - Program Officer in DC Ranch, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Institute of Peace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff. Some original and creative work being done. Good benefits. Building has much natural light. Gym on site for employees.

    Cons

    There is a highly politicized HR. The management has a scapegoating culture.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Some good some bad"

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

    Pros

    This is a good organization. Very nice people and a pleasant environment. Lots of variety and pretty laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Promotion capacity is terrible. You have to work as a PA for 2 years before being promoted. Also, lots of organization miscommunication and lack of cohesion

    Advice to Management

    Promote faster. Don't make funding dependent on IAA acquisition as this makes departments compete with each other. Those programs that aren't working, cut them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Institute of Peace full-time

    Pros

    - Great co-workers. Smart, capable, funny, dedicated.
    - Flexible work due to funding mechanisms. Can pursue projects of interest. Not beholden to strict grant cycles, like NGOs.
    -Above average pay compared to NGOs doing similar work.
    - Organization is committed to its strategic plan. An impressive feat.
    - An excellent starting point for for folks getting into peace/conflict/governance/rule of law work, (but most junior staff don't know it).

    Cons

    - Decentralized org structure. VPs of the different centers have greatest autonomy, which very much limits the ability to do things across the organization.
    - Staff have arguably too much flexibility, resulting in too little strategic direction.
    - Result of two points above is that the organization struggles to communicate about itself and it's good work (of which there is plenty being done).
    - Little enforcement of policies, procedures even after there is wide buy-in from the organization.
    - Lacking capacity in management services, and purchasing/procurement process is ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    - Enforce more when there is buy-in and the course is clearly the right one.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Great mission, Unstable management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What job could be better than working locally to foster world peace. People are smart, committed, and approaching the problem in interesting ways.

    Cons

    The Institute is perpetually underfunded (and worse yet threatening to be defunded) which - for an organization that preaches an interdisciplinary approach to peacebuilding - creates silos and turf wars as middle managers struggle to keep their programs funded and their people employed. Given that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are ending/ended, they Institute probably has even less work.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize funding, improve internal budgeting process to encourage collaboration, create internal centralized function to support project funding process, figure out what to focus on in a post-Afghanistan world.


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