International Rescue Committee

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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
97 Reviews

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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
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13 Ratings

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.  

    Great place, great mission

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

    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
  2.  

    Intern at HQ

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

    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
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    An intern's experience

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

    Pros

    Being able to interact with clients
    Learning more about the refugee resettlement process
    At times, being able to use language skills
    Genuinely friendly and motivated staff

    Cons

    Routine nature of work in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunities for interns to experience different departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great intern experience

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

    Pros

    I was able to interact with a lot of different people as a tax prep intern and I thoroughly enjoyed feeling like I've helped these low income families complete their tax returns. The other people in the office were always very friendly and it seemed like everybody got along.

    Cons

    There was little interaction between the tax interns and the rest of the office at times, but it didn't really matter because the tax room was always busy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Have a robust internship program with lots of opportunities for undergrads and masters' students to gain valuable experience working with clients, and also see what it's like to work in an international non-profit office

    Cons

    There is no room for professional development -- not alot of opportunities for interns to be taken on full-time (full time positions are sparse)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for professional development

  7.  

    Great people doing great things.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Immigration Intern  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Immigration Intern in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable staff and easy to work with. They provided me with a lot of training in a short amount of time. It's a very fulfilling job.

    Cons

    Case managers have too many cases. They rely on full-time interns to provide all of the administrative work for the department. I think they are doing a tremendous job within these constraints but they really need permanent full-time administrative help so that the case managers can be more effective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent non profit. Very interesting and inspirational work.

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

    Pros

    The most memorable part of my experience with the IRC were my incredible colleagues and incredible clients. Their personality and spirit in one word: "Survivor." The work is challenging, strenuous, educational, and inspirational.

    Cons

    The work is stressful and time consuming. The work is never done. Many people feel a deep, strong commitment and passion for their work. But this also means they work incredibly long and stressful hours for very little pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great mission and core values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IOM Loan Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IOM Loan Coordinator in New York, NY

    Pros

    Nice working enviroment, time off policies, excellent benefits, and good learning experience

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities are limited, volunteer/internships in NYC are unavailable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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

    Pros

    its a very active organization seeking to serve greater number of their beneficiaries

    Cons

    High turnover rate than expected, new people were always coming in and people were always leaving

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Friendly, helpful staff!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The other workers are very passionate, friendly, willing to teach you how to use the various programs. The work can be extremely rewarding because it is unlike anything else you have probably ever done before - working with recently relocated refugees is not something you can really prepare for, but the staff will help you learn quickly.

    Cons

    The work is extremely challenging and can be tiring - repetitive days, working with occasionally difficult clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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