Catholic Relief Services Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Catholic Relief Services President & CEO Carolyn Woo
Carolyn Woo
27 Ratings

Pros
  • Employee friendly policies, learning opportunities are available, exposure for different parts of the country (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
  • Work-life balance is hard to find overseas (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Excellent Organization for Professional Development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Mission and values are exceptional and not just lip service
    - Financial stewardship (work done for the money spent) is a top priority
    - They do their best to keep good employees around and WILL focus on your professional development. They treat their people well.
    - Good sense of camaraderie amount employees
    *I was an based international and cannot speak for HQ

    Cons

    - Very hierarchical (which is a pro and con in my opinion) and your experience with the organization can be very dependent on the country program or region where you work.


  2. Volunteer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Entrant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Data Entrant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Catholic Relief Services (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping other people is a satisfying feeling.

    Cons

    Nothing really since I am volunteering

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  3. Program Manager

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

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Organization does important work. Good exposure to a range of issues and good tools developed by the organization.

    Cons

    Poor management (dependent on location/position); focus on fundraising over smaller initiatives that may have a stronger impact.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the mission. Set clear priorities.


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  5. Research

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Catholic Relief Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful work in the service of helping others

    Cons

    Difficult (impossible?) to advance unless senior management arbitrarily decides "I like him/her."

    Advice to Management

    Be more selfless-mentor and advance your staff...and I don't mean through the goal-setting and development plan process, which is meaningless paperwork.


  6. Great faith based nonprofit...

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

    I have been working at Catholic Relief Services

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great vacation/personal/sick time/holiday benefits
    -Family friendly

    Cons

    - Increasing unspoken pressure to stay connected on off days and weekends

    Advice to Management

    Remember that CRS' foundations lie within Catholic Social Teachings.


  7. Amazing work place!

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Things could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Care Benefits Specialist in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Benefits Specialist in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. Excellent Mission, Smart Co-Workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work life balance is eroding.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down the pace of change, sequence change better.


  10. Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Remain responsive to the diverse staff voices.


  11. IDFP Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - International Development Fellow
    Former Employee - International Development Fellow

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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