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World Learning Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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Donald Steinberg
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Pros
  • Great working with teams, very nice people and wonderful work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be good, but very much depends on your unit's management and what types of projects you work on (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Tops"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Field, NM
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Field, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Learning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    WL's knowledge of the education and exchange field is second to none. People have a real sense of mission and are not just chasing money. Inclusion is a value that WL lives in both its project work and its own staffing. I've worked for a half dozen development organizations, many of which I really enjoyed. WL's people and processes are as good as any of my previous employers.

    Cons

    Sometimes we underestimate ourselves, in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Go after foundation and social enterprise funding more aggressively.


  2. "great staff, but lack of organizational management and leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Learning full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits and salary for the industry, and two day teleworking policy. Great collegiality among staff. and most are very passionate about their projects. Work-life balance can be good, but very much depends on your unit's management and what types of projects you work on.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to move upward in the organization or move to a project or type of work that you are more interested in without the sponsorship of senior leadership. Professional development opportunities must be self-driven and opportunities within the organization are quite limited. Communication from senior leadership and staff tends to be one-way/prescriptive and the decision making process can be very opaque. Turnover rate and burnout are high among Program Associates and Officers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining quality staff and making them feel that the organization is invested in their professional development. "Walk the talk" on organizational values such as inclusion, self-reflection and experiential learning.

  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at World Learning full-time

    Pros

    The people who work at this organization are fantastic, and the benefits are good. I loved working for a mission-driven organization, and the campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    The top management seems VERY out of touch with how work really gets done, and what it takes to do it. They have an "easy button " mentality. Also, the pay level is pretty low.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to middle management (managers and directors). Have an open attitude to hearing what is really going on, and think long and hard about organizational priorities- people cannot keep doing "more with less"!


  4. "Bigger employer for this region-ehh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at World Learning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great human resources benefits. Mostly a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Lacking strong management causes lack of direction.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Learning full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable Staff
    Great Benefits
    Unique Programs

    Cons

    Limited Advancement Opportunities
    No other cons


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mehh... better NGOs out there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at World Learning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Location and that's about it.

    Cons

    Low pay; no upward mobility; lacks integrity


  7. "Program Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Learning full-time

    Pros

    International development and education projects, flexible working hours, diversity

    Cons

    People in the management position are there by mistake. They lack substantial managerial skills, which makes everyone feels demotivated. Favoritism and no opportunities for advancement.

  8. "Used to be good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at World Learning full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The mission, and the people

    Cons

    Lack of decision making at top level

    Advice to Management

    Make hard decisions


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful coworkers! Senior management needs help..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brattleboro, VT
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at World Learning full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most (99%) of the people and students you will work with are amazing and the Brattleboro campus is beautiful! The benefits at World Learning are great!

    Cons

    CEO is a joke
    Internal communication is severely lacking
    No accountability
    Annual review process is not tied to compensation
    Internal training of employees needs to be worked on


  10. "Tough place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at World Learning full-time

    Pros

    Starbucks was on the corner

    Cons

    Disorganization and a lack of leadership


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