Catholic Relief Services

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Catholic Relief Services Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
43 Reviews
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Catholic Relief Services President & CEO Carolyn Woo
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  1.  

    Great Company and Great Benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services for 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.,

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    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
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    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 for 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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  5.  

    Good mission...

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    Current Employee - Former Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Family friendly, OK benefits, lots of committed employees

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Distribute career advancement opportunities equally in all divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be OnceOOnceOnce

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Does 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.

    Cons

    Is 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Fellow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not horrible but sometimes dysfunctional.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Seems 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.

    Cons

    Lower 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Family friendly organization with good opportunities

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Very 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

    Cons

    political, 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 ManagementAdvice

    put 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going south fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great mission, many deeply committed staff.

    Cons

    Employees no longer valued as they were.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Catholic Social Teaching as a basis for human resource management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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