Catholic Relief Services
3.5 of 5 36 reviews
www.crs.org Baltimore, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Catholic Relief Services Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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3.5 36 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Catholic Relief Services President & CEO Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Woo

(14 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Catholic Relief Services

ProsThe people are so friendly and willing to get you involved in what ever project you want. The Company is really trying to help the world.

ConsSimple work that is often not challenging.
The headquarters is located in a bad part of Baltimore that is not extremely safe late at night.

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Used to be a good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Catholic Relief Services

ProsDoes good work overseas, good benefits.

ConsHorribly hierarchical, senior management does not have a clue.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the CEO

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Practice what you preach (in terms of values)

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

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

Prosgood 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.

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

Advice to Senior Managementgo 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good mission...

Former Employee (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I have been working at Catholic Relief Services full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFamily friendly, OK benefits, lots of committed employees

Conspolitical way of promoting people, not the same level of accountability for staff

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great mission, but employees are not treated equitably. Wide disparity in work life balance.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe global programs that help the poor and oppressed are exciting and groundbreaking.
The benefits are good although they are cutting back.

ConsUnfortunately the emphasis on good stewardship of resources does not take into account the employees time and energy.

Advice to Senior ManagementDistribute career advancement opportunities equally in all divisions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be OnceOOnceOnce

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsDoes great work in some areas. Traditionally was a great employer with excellent benefits. Staff are generally bright, idealistic, and committed to the mission. Is well regarded for emergency response.

ConsIs becoming a more traditional employer: reducing benefits, cutting staff. Depends on outside consultants for policy and product development with uneven results. Is constrained by theology.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to recognize and foster creativity. Stop seeking the mediocre safety of "industry standards" or "best practices" and look inward for talent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Family friendly organization with good opportunities

Program Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Catholic Relief Services full-time for more than a year

ProsVery family friendly
good opportunities for growth (if you have the right friends in the right places)
seeks to be transparent
values-oriented
important focus on management quality and innovation
quality of the programs are exceptional
well-recognized and respected in the field
variety of jobs and posts available
focuses on holistic approach to development and aid work

Conspolitical, especially with regard to promotions which can lead to hypocracy and disappointment
archaic process systems that bleed inefficiency
executive leadership unable to foster culture of change and innovation among staff; behind the wheel on adopting internal process structures that promote efficiencies and management quality (a work in progress)
management and program quality sometimes work in silos, unwillingness to bridge the gaps for greater overall improvement

Advice to Senior Managementput an end to the political and non-transparent way of promoting people, set clear standards and criteria for transfer of positions and posts and implement them
continue improving the way you have started towards innovation and better management quality

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not horrible but sometimes dysfunctional.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I have been working at Catholic Relief Services full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSeems to be some good organizational progress and company strategy and vision are being addressed. Good benefits and generally decent people. This may be a nice place to work if helping others is of interest, but that depends on what job you are looking to do.

ConsLower pay than average in some cases. Sometimes unreasonable expectations. There is more internal chaos, both intra- and inter-departmental, than is preferable. One big downside seems to be the lack of internal support, instead much of the effort is spent on external programs and resources.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think some close scrutiny of each department should take place in order to determine if agency goals are being accomplished in the proper manner. I do not mean ask the management - I mean get down in the trenches and find out what is really happening in the headquarters and overseas offices.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Going south fast

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat mission, many deeply committed staff.

ConsEmployees no longer valued as they were.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring back Catholic Social Teaching as a basis for human resource management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not so bad if you have friends in high places

DCoP (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I have been working at Catholic Relief Services

ProsGood organization systems and idea's for providing assistance to poor communities

ConsPoor Management on Country program and Regional level, too many promotions thru "friendship connections"

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the primary role of the organization assisting poor communities, less internal politics

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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