Catholic Relief Services Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Catholic Relief Services President & CEO Carolyn Woo
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Pros
  • Great learning opportunities within the agency (in 4 reviews)

  • The management team and the organization in general seems to focus on the needs of those of us who work overseas (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Very little work life balance, as staff are expected to work long hours and over weekends regularly (in 4 reviews)

  • Horribly hierarchical, senior management does not have a clue (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Amazing work place!

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    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services

    Pros

    I was an intern for two summers at headquarters. It was a great learning experience, I learned more about what I needed to know and had the opportunity to attend seminars and a conference. Very supportive and friendly coworkers. Great professional development and work experience for college students

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Things could be better

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    Former Employee - Customer Care Benefits Specialist in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Benefits Specialist in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services

    Pros

    The office culture was enjoyable on a lower employee level; however on a management level it was tense

    Cons

    Promotions from within were minimal and the compensation was not up to industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs training on communicating effectively with staff. Also they need to groom employees for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. Excellent Mission, Smart Co-Workers

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    Current Employee - Director - Partnership Capacity Building in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Director - Partnership Capacity Building in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Catholic Relief Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really excellent staff around the world. Dedicated staff, innovative programs.

    Cons

    Work life balance is eroding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down the pace of change, sequence change better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Project Operations in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Project Operations in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Catholic Relief Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and dedicated staff at headquarters and in the field. Decent compensation among its peers. Depending on your department, you have the opportunity for real impact with your work.

    Cons

    Being located in Baltimore is a major con.While compensation is fair, not as competitive as some NGOs in DC and elsewhere. Being big, it is not super nimble, but does make efforts at staying innovative and relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain responsive to the diverse staff voices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great internship aboard

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Since I did not have a concrete position, I was to develop much of a rhythm

    Recommends
  7. IDFP Review

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    Former Employee - International Development Fellow
    Former Employee - International Development Fellow

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to travel abroad, work with nationals, and get to know the program management of Catholic Relief Services in terms of proposal development, project set up, implementation, and M&E.and In addition, there was time spend with beneficiaries in the field, which was very positive and rewarding.

    Cons

    Management capability and professionalism is inconsistent throughout the organization, as I was able to compare to my base office, another office of temporary assignment and interactions with HQ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professionalize the management team by creating more accountability, transparency and constancy across program offices.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Decent Place To Work

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

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good amount of time off, lots of holidays and good vacation and sick/personal time structure; non-for-profit organization, so the work-balance is good.

    Cons

    micro-management and unclear advancement trajectory.

  9. Great Company and Great Benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Potential internal advancement but totally based on your supervisor's discretion. Competitive salaries for an NGO. Familly oriented and opportunities for training.

    Cons

    Tend to hire third country nationals for expat positions especially in the field of Finance and Operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to hire younger professionals who have a background in the field work and don't hesitate to send them on the field. The field of Finances and Operations are highly risky and you need people with a high level of integrity for these postions.,

  10. Used to be a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services

    Pros

    Does good work overseas, good benefits.

    Cons

    Horribly hierarchical, senior management does not have a clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Practice what you preach (in terms of values)

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    Former Employee - Technical Advisor (II) in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor (II) in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good place to get experience in the industry. Depending on who your supervisors/mentors are, you can climb up in the agency and get a wide array of exposure. this is not always the case in other humanitarian aid and development agencies.

    Cons

    rarely learns from past mistakes. in denial about its own shortcomings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to your roots; stop chasing money. Do what the people in need actually need, not exclusively what the donors want. be a REAL partner to the local Church

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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