Catholic Relief Services

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Catholic Relief Services Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
52 Reviews
3.2
52 Reviews
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Catholic Relief Services President & CEO Carolyn Woo
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great internship aboard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services as an intern (less than an 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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    Decent Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5.  

    Great Company and Great Benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services (more than an 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.,

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    Clueless executive leadership; avoid at all costs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In theory, it will make you feel good to know that you are helping the less fortunate

    Cons

    In reality, you will be mistreated and stepped on by those above you or those looking to climb up the ladder without ethics or integrity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people who do the ACTUAL WORK. You discount everything they say, like you just "know better" - you don't, you really don't. Stop doling out promotions based on favoritism and use merit and value instead .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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

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