International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated April 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    There is exposure to direct case management and clients from all over the globe with unique and different stories.

    Cons

    I have actually interned with this organization and there is an extremely high turnover. The office I'm at is very disorganized internally and very bureaucratic. If the organization was better organized internally, the clients could be better served.

  2. This is my review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    They are a great company

    Cons

    Don't really have any cons

  3. Front desk volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    my supervisor was very friendly and so are the people working there

    Cons

    I did not have much to do much of the time. and i did go with my school books to study there in order to kill time

    Advice to Management

    Give volunteers more things to do so that they may be able to learn more

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  5. Lack of organization

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people working there were nice and had interesting stories.
    As an intern, you have the ability to directly interact with refugees and have a true opportunity to provide assistance them during the resettlement process.

    Cons

    There is a real lack of organization and training.
    No true guidelines given to interns. Way too many interns in the office compared to the number of real employees.

  6. Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Employment Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Intern - Employment Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are wiling to help

    Cons

    Smal chance to be hired. Unorganized training.

  7. Needs more organization, but great people to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Oakland, CA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Values and working with people who care; you can directly see how you are contributing to the organization and the people you serve; can work independently without much supervision.

    Cons

    Needs much more organization and structure. A lot of the work was given without clear instruction or training and without structure in place. You are thrown in the field to figure things out yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Solidify structure and it will help retain people and talent.

  8. Great International organization with limited resources

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A professional work place, Lovely and caring coworkers, feels rewarded when clients get success and are able to integrate in the new culture and community.

    Cons

    Extremely heavy workload, minimal support from the leadership, not very decent pay.

    Advice to Management

    Never deviate the focus from the core programs and values of the organization. Find more funding resources to support staffs so they have reasonable caseload.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Technical Advisor - International Program Quality Department

    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    professional and committed staff members
    global assignments
    collaborative multi-disciplinary working culture
    Good technical quality
    Room for personal growth
    Commitment to learning

    Cons

    poor work-life balance
    inadequate compensation considering performance expectations
    Lack of management system
    Lot of pressure to win bids for donor-funded projects
    Understaffed unit

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation package

  10. Helpful (2)

    Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my coworkers and was immediately getting hands on experience. I learned a lot and was able to see many different aspects of the domestic resettlement program. Within a week I felt like I was a contributing member of the team.

    Cons

    There was no structure to the internship, no beginning, middle and end and no clear expectations of what I, as the intern, was supposed to get out of the experience. It was also clear to me that the organization would be unable to function without interns and I found that morally questionable. By the end of my time at the IRC I was functioning at the level of a part-time staff member, without getting paid. While I didn't mind because at the time I felt I was getting such valuable experience and also really enjoyed what I was doing, looking back I wonder if I was being taken advantage of.

    Advice to Management

    Limit internships to a three month period with obligations on both sides, intern and supervisor, as to what is expected over that period of time. Interns cannot be only drivers, or errand runners and should have the opportunity to get real skills.

  11. The company is ok in term of management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cultural intigration and cultural social work

    Cons

    Slow prpmotion as well as low pay

    Advice to Management

    Promote people within

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