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  1. "Start-up culture"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Institute of World Politics full-time

      Pros

      -Proactive people can accomplish many things at IWP -Flexible work schedule -Can learn a great deal about politics from tangential exposure to interesting academics and individuals

      Cons

      -Technology is outdated -Stovepiped departments mean that there is little camaraderie across the organization as a whole.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on the sweet spot that IWP is in: a practitioner-centric statecraft "dark arts" curriculum. Try to attract a larger swath of competitive students.

      Institute of World Politics2017-05-03
    • Helpful (1)

      "Thankless"

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

      I worked at Institute of World Politics full-time

      Pros

      Many of the students are genuinely nice. The *idea* of a place like IWP is wonderful. The location in DC is good (close to metro...don't try parking). Some coworkers really care and try hard to go above & beyond. If you've been hired for a middle-to-upper-level role, you will go through a honeymoon period of 6-12 months where you will be treated very respectfully and will have an opportunity to implement your initiatives.

      Cons

      The right-wing ideology of people from the president down to admins is pushed at every opportunity. It's often suffocating. Pay and benefits are well below average. There is no room for advancement. Junior staffers are never promoted to higher positions (unless related to senior management). There's an attitude among middle and senior leaders of resistance to new thinking (or even old thinking...if it's not in line with...

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      Advice to Management

      Give your junior staff more free reign and stop pushing your right-wing views at every turn.

      Institute of World Politics2017-03-09
    • "Client Relations"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Institute of World Politics full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Collaborative Culture, Growing company, Positive overall

      Cons

      Repetitive work, Out of date software

      Institute of World Politics2017-01-26
    • "Great opportunities if you take advantage"

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

      I worked at Institute of World Politics

      Pros

      - Great mission, programs and connections throughout the D.C. community, all throughout the international affairs and government community - Great opportunities professionally and through education (free/reduced cost courses) - Close knit community and family

      Cons

      - Some shifts with upper management over the years, but not unique to up and coming businesses/schools - Limited budget (also not unique) - Small spaces, but it has slowly begun expanding

      Institute of World Politics2016-09-27
    • Helpful (1)

      "Excellent Leadership and Vision"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Institute of World Politics full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      The work environment is flexible, the leadership is outstanding, and everyone has a true respect for each other and the mission of the Institute.

      Cons

      Budgets, but that goes with the territory.

      Institute of World Politics2015-07-13
    • Helpful (1)

      "Good place to work"

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      Current Employee - Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Institute of World Politics full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      - EVP Noah Rudolph is an excellent leader on the administrative side of the school. - Staff is friendly and works well together. Many choose to go above and beyond their job description to help the school and its mission. - IWP has a work environment in which it is easy to take initiative with new projects and make them happen. - Students and alumni of the school are driven and great to work with.

      Cons

      - Not a huge budget to work with, which is probably normal for a growing school.

      Advice to Management

      - Continue to encourage those who are doing good work.

      Institute of World Politics2015-07-09
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great place to work!"

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      Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Institute of World Politics full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      IWP has a great mission! The organization is very family oriented and I feel serves its students well. All employees work well together and feel like they are part of a team. Everyone is heard and their opinions matter! The management staff has an open door policy and welcomes everyone's view!

      Cons

      As with all non-profits and small organizations, budget remains tight.

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the good work!

      Institute of World Politics2015-07-09
    • "Graduate Assistant"

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      Current Employee - Graduate Assistant 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Institute of World Politics full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      - Family atmosphere with strong support systems. - Mission oriented with staff of dedicated team players. - Your voice will be heard, and personal initiative recognized. - Conducive environment for growth (personal and professional).

      Cons

      - Limited support staff, but all hardworking. - Limited financial resources, but growing donor base.

      Advice to Management

      Thanks for all you do to bring the staff together and show appreciation.

      Institute of World Politics2015-07-09
    • Helpful (1)

      "Like a family"

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      Former Employee - Fundraiser in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Institute of World Politics full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      People are pleasant to one another, work stream is steady and manageable. Top level government officials visit as well as former ones, so good networking opportunities. Great holiday parties, and health care benefits.

      Cons

      The two buildings are a bit small for the current operations and future growth. If the IWP wishes to grow it needs to consider moving to a new location in the DMV area.

      Advice to Management

      Reach out to more places for student recruitment.

      Institute of World Politics2014-06-27
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      "Disappointing"

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

      I worked at Institute of World Politics full-time

      Pros

      The mission of the school is very good. The faculty are talented and the alumni are driven.

      Cons

      Since its founding in the early '90's, the school has never been financially stable. The founder/president prefers to spend more time on running the academic side than on raising an endowment that would be adequate to support the school. The board has never been able to help with this either. Very few raises have ever been given and turnover of employees at all levels have been constant over the years. This much turnover...

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      Advice to Management

      Help the founder/president to stop micromanaging so that the people he has hired can do their jobs. Bring him out of the Cold War era. He needs to learn powerpoint and other technology (very lacking at the school) so that his students and staff alike don't fall asleep when he lectures non-stop. It is not good to use Cold War tactics on employees. A healthy honest dialogue would be a much more productive route. To...

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      Institute of World Politics2014-07-06
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