Bethesda Office Opening Team Member, Bethesda, MD - June 14, 2014
IB has developed a great reputation to outside stakeholders. The IB curriculum is by far cutting edge compared to what I have seen in the education field. However, to work at IB is a different story.
Head of HR in Bethesda could have been more approachable, supportive and collaborative in ensuring that an infrastructure had been created for IB employees moving from abroad to the IB Regional office in Bethesda. Fortunately, the HR associate manager and payroll administrator were very helpful in meeting needs of my employees and IB employees in general.
The Lunch & Learns that were originally scheduled when the IB Bethesda first opened in 2010 were instrumental in developing and educating all of my new staff in my department. It broke down the silos in a cross functional manner and created collaboration and understanding between departments. This was innovative and the Lunch & Learns gained reputation across the IB regional offices across the world.
The IB office also has an open sitting arrangement for all departments. This makes it difficult to get work done when you have colleagues sitting next to you who are loud and always on the phone.
Overall, there is a lack of transparency when it comes to communication in general. Hopefully, Siva Kumari, IB Director General, will change that moving forward in her role.