International Rescue Committee

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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
97 Reviews

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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
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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)

  • US programs seem to receive far less attention that international programs (this can be good or bad depending on where you work) (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Needs more organization, but great people to work with

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Solidify structure and it will help retain people and talent.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Internship

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are wiling to help

    Cons

    Smal chance to be hired. Unorganized training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Technical Advisor - International Program Quality Department

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation package

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship Experience

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
  7.  

    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

    Pros

    Cultural intigration and cultural social work

    Cons

    Slow prpmotion as well as low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A mixture od feelings

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

    Pros

    IRC is a diverse organization with foundational core values. It assists marginalized and persecuted peoples. At heart, IRC is a wonderful organization in which they utilize both national and international programs to reach many and bring refugee and asylee populations from harm to home.

    Cons

    Depending on what office you are located at, you'll deal with certain hang-ups and challenges that you might not oterwise face at another organization. the HQ office has an iron-fist on just about everything from IT support to shared information. There needs to be more opportunity for advancement and transitioning from US programs to IPD and vice versa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meticulously search for candidates in senior management that reflect the core values of the IRC and the IRC Way. There are a few individuals in senior management that aren't compassionate, empathetic, nor kind. People in key roles within leadership and in different US programs need to have certain humanistic traits for the job role they are playing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience

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

    Pros

    Nice people
    Flexible schedule
    Direct interactions with immigrant families = direct and visible results

    Cons

    you need your own initiative to get any work done
    not enough funding
    managers are overworked

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No respect for US Programs by NY Office

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mission, interesting clients, passionate staff

    Cons

    Organization too centralized for my liking / US programs not valued nearly as much as International programs is PR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This will probably never happen, but I honestly think that IRC should completely divorce USP and IP, and essentially give 'franchise rights' to regional offices across the U.S. Local ED's need more autonomy to do their jobs effectively. New York's heavy-handed leadership distracts more than it helps.

    Also, expand your community of practice program to include other agencies, otherwise it just looks like (and usually is) navel-gazing.

  11.  

    Volunteer Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    I loved what they were doing: helping refugees to adapt to the new environment, if you share their vision, most likely you will be satisfied with volunteering for this organization. If your passion is helping people, if you're thinking about going to Peace Corp. that would be great way to kind of prepare yourself beforehand.

    Cons

    The office I volunteered for was hardly organized, many times my schedule was postponed or student could just not show up at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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