International Rescue Committee

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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
114 Reviews
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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work environment, very respectful and great Leadership (in 7 reviews)

  • If you're going to work in refugee resettlement IRC is definitely the best one to work for (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The high turnover is sometimes a result of people burning out (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between each section of the office (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work-life balance difficult

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    • 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

    Pros

    Personal growth and professional development opportunities are many (at least in HQ), mostly everyone is a delight to work with, wonderful inspiring people who are truly motivated by clients and love what they do.

    Cons

    There is a lot of talk that compensation is low, it's difficult to move up, and work-life balance is hard to strike. Also that it can be too "top-down" from HQ to the field staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote more resettled refugees and people of color into the HQ staff. Do the same with national staff in the international field offices. Consider hiring less white males as country directors, it's really implausible that there isn't at least one qualified national person who could run the country office (and likely be much more effective). Critical populations currently have little to no seats at the senior level management tables, and it doesn't reflect well on the IRC's stated values, practice what you preach at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    AmeriCorps Service at Refugee Resettlement Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Job Readiness Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Job Readiness Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    IRC in San Diego is a big office with many programs, so there's an opportunity to see things related to immigration services, educational support, English classes, farming, career services and more. Usually lots of client interaction and regular meetings with managers. Co-workers were smart, friendly, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Some employees stay for many years, but many leave after a couple years. The high turnover is sometimes a result of people burning out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage better work/life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Client Oriented Case Work

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Working Assistant in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Case Working Assistant in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Consistent leadership and team building (meetings occur every week)
    Fulfilling community oriented work
    Teaches strong administrative skills

    Cons

    Training is informal
    A lot of busywork
    Sometimes the office is empty; case workers are on part-time schedules

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  5.  

    Great mission, great people, needs some help with management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Worker in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Case Worker in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    IRC does a fantastic job of making their values known, working for an amazing cause, and giving great benefits. There are many sick days, vacation days, floating holidays that you can use, and they are usually granted if you request within the allotted time. The work keeps you very busy, but the people are amazing to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    The office is overworked and underpaid, and the management could do a significantly better job of supporting their employees, especially during the busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep finding ways to promote professional growth for your employees so you don't lose talented staff, and search for more ways to support your staff when they need it most.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Extremely friendly and passionate staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    The people who were here love what they are doing and are more than welcoming to new recruits

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy involved and lack of communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more interdepartmental meetings/means of communications beyond the Thursday mornings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent people full of passion and knowledge, workplace culture leaves something to be desired.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people who are so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do, including many in leadership positions. It's a mission-driven organization.

    Cons

    Workplace culture is not as communicative and forward-thinking as it could be, often means working long hours in artificially lit cubicles. Management is working on better ways to harness the people power and technology available, but in the short-term that leads to extra workload and transition-related stresses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent focus on technology as an avenue for participation is great, however engagement with IRC's greatest asset -- it's people -- should remain based on the bedrock of human to human interfacing through field visits, small forums, social activities, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing organization, but not the best at training employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful work culture, your colleagues are there to provide support if needed. Great at sending to you in the field to get a better sense of on-the-ground programs (and this is a major plus because it gives you great insight as to how to effectively run programs within the 'real world' context). I was very impressed with everyone that worked there - you can't get away with working here with a poor work ethic. Dedicated, smart, hard-working people throughout. I was proud to work there.

    Cons

    Departments can be stretched thin in providing the needed support and training to new comers who may need that extra bit of attention when first starting out at the company. Burn-out (lots of requirements and not enough guidance to know that you're heeding them). Pay could be better, but then remember what you're working for and the % of resources that goes towards meaningful and much needed programs abroad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more training for newcomers - it's intimidating to enter and navigate one's self around the IRC without more proper training to feel more suited to given role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting Experience

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Employment Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Employment Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The staff at the San Diego branch of the IRC were friendly, very willing to answer questions and provide feedback, and professional. I really enjoyed getting to interact with such a great group of people in the office as I went about my internship duties. The office culture was more casual, and the staff and interns were expected to dress in business casual.

    The internship, which was mainly helping refugees create a resume, understand more about the American work sector, and how to apply for jobs. The clients were all very friendly and although it was difficult for them to understand at times since many were still learning English, they adapted and often appointments to help them find jobs were filled with a lot of light humor and cheery patience.

    Cons

    The internship was difficult in the beginning because, given the nature of the internship, much of the training in learning how to interact with clients and navigate learning how to explain sometimes abstract terminology in a way they could grasp, since the majority of the clients were in the process of learning English. As well, sometimes I did not feel like I had much to do, and needed to be proactive in finding other things to do during my scheduled time there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outline potential duties for the interns when clients don't show would be helpful

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place, great mission

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as a contractor

    Pros

    I worked under contract at the NYC headquarters. The team was young, smart and hardworking. Lots of great personalities. It was a fun challenge, and it helped that everyone working there believed in the mission with all their bleeding hearts. There were stressful, late nights, but most people seemed to enjoy the work.

    Cons

    Long hours, and probably not a lot of pay unless you're at the senior level. There's quite a bit of turn-over in some of the departments, probably due to burn out and poor communication among the management team.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Intern at HQ

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Everyone working here is very friendly and open. If you need help with anything, it's easy to find someone to speak with, and they're happy to help.

    Cons

    HQ has a lot of bureaucracy, so be prepared to deal with a lot of red tape. Also I can't speak on the field offices, but the HQ feels very, very corporate which I wasn't a fan of.

    Recommends
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