International Rescue Committee

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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated Mar 3, 2014
International Rescue Committee – Shikārpur – “PBC visit”

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3.9 93 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband

David Miliband

(11 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Multi-national & multi-lingual working environment(in 6 reviews)

  • hands-on experience, communal working environment(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is not a good source of work-life balance(in 3 reviews)

  • HQ structure is way risk averse, doesn't trust local affiliate staff, high turnover in local EDs(in 4 reviews)

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    Program staff are amazing. Leadership and non-program staff destroy that.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIncredibly brilliant, knowledgeable, caring and committed program staff, who genuinely love their work and have deeply relevant experience in the field.

    Cons- Leadership cares more about image and fundraising than about the quality of the work happening in the field - huge disconnect between stated mission and actual implementation, because of leaders' lack of integrity.
    - Narcissism reigns due to nearly obsessive attention to hierarchy.
    - No demonstrated commitment to staff development.
    - Beneficiaries are trooped out for galas or referenced in funder meetings, but the organization has become too sprawling and disorganized to foster any real sense of connection. It's incredibly sad.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great pool of employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Silver Spring, MD

    ProsHands on experience,
    Great coworkers-everyone genuinely wants to bring change to the clients served,
    Compelling mission,
    As it has been around for years, it has good name in the humanitarian community,

    ConsManagement is disconnected from what is really happening on the ground (intentionally or unintentionally)
    Very low pay
    Hierarchal and top-bottom management style
    No career development opportunity
    Most employees burnout that results in high turnover
    How the organization looks from outside and what it's inside is very different

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to retain your best employees by finding opportunities to professionally develop them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nobody ever got rich bu helping people.

    Resettlement Volunteer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou get a chance to help people that really need your help.

    ConsToo much red tape and if you intern there, they'll never consider you for a job openning, which is absolutely and profoundly misguided on their behalf.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome down and play.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't do it if you dont love it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Decatur, GA

    ProsThe IRC is great for people into non-profits. The refugees are sweet and the office environment is good. Management tends to be flexible with time off.

    ConsHorrible pay, constantly busy, too many interns without experience, poor inter office communications. There is not a good source of work-life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefinitely chill out the office a bit. There is no need to hire so many (unpaid) interns. Work on communications.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGood entryway into the nonprofit community. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Very small but community driven. Diverse experiences w/ refugees from many countries was amazing.

    ConsThe office was tiny, disorganized and underpaid. It's clear why nonprofit isn't the best option for a monetarily satisfying career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou did the best you could with the funds you were given. The opportunity to work with and for you for the summer was amazing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior-management heavy, micromanaging bonanza.

    Public Outreach (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOrganization has prestigious name and history. The humanitarian aid side of things seems to be run very well. On the field work side of things, the IRC has a huge scope of work and provides a lot more services than most other humanitarian agencies. But also many chances to network with other humanitarian agencies. It would probably be a good place to do an internship to get experience for work in the field. For other areas (external outreach, HR etc.) you can probably get a lot of mileage from the name on your resume.

    Good office location and compensation is about equal to that of similar sized humanitarian agencies.

    ConsAs former reviewer posted, be prepared to be over-worked and under-appreciated. Very little personal training and reluctance to invest in employee development in any way. Impossibly high expectations at times for lower and mid-level employees. Very stressful.

    Very strange dynamics going on here - levels of micromanagement all the way to the top but complete lack of project ownership until something goes well. Blame inevitably trickles down. Many internal struggles between senior staff that make doing ones job very, very difficult.

    Process for promotions and hiring does not seem fair and organization is generally 'top heavy'. Organization announced a non-essential hiring/promotion freeze less than a week after promoting 6 most senior staff members and a number of employees at employment level. Benefits program is not good - they do not even have maternity leave and coverage by healthcare plan is less than basic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease, please, please hire some more lower level staff...people who actually get the work done so the "big ideas" can happen. Also, put aside petty power struggles and work together to create a coherent plan for organization as a whole because this is lacking and it lends towards panic, chaos and disorder...which might be appropriate in the field but it isn't in the main office.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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