Catholic Relief Services Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Catholic Relief Services President & CEO Carolyn Woo
Carolyn Woo
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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. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good leadership and work environment. Quite challenging and can be fast paced. Excellent organizational values and culture.

    Cons

    Remuneration not so wonderful but competitive with other similar organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Improve remuneration especially in high performing overseas country programs.


  2. Summer Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I truly enjoyed my time at CRS. I got to network and work with so many great and highly qualified individuals. There was a great work life balance while I was there and the everybody was always friendly. You can tell people actually loved what they did

    Cons

    I can't really think of anything. I loved my internship and who knows maybe I will work there someday!

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and keep progressing!


  3. Finance Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training opportunities and a strong policies and procedures

    Cons

    Low pay, innovation is shunned,

    Advice to Management

    make sure of the qualified professionals that CRS' mission is so able to attract.


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  5. Used to be a great place, not so much anymore

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic Relief Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    HR used to be a true leader within the organization but with changes in the HR Executive Leadership, we don't seem to be able to do that anymore. People laugh at us. Rather than acquire HR Talent from other HR leaders, CRS seems to be scraping bottom and bringing in leadership from much smaller organizations with much less experienced HR executives. I don't think there is a shortage of money so I'm not quite sure what the strategy was by bringing in someone without much nonprofit experience, but whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be working.

    Cons

    HR Executive Leadership seems to spend a lot of time blaming others within her department rather than accepting any of the blame herself. HR Leadership seems to want to rule from an "ivory tower" rather than be "hands on"......that is when they are there. Apparently one of our HR leaders has a little "side business" and seems "distracted" or maybe just not interested.

    Advice to Management

    Review your HR Leadership and bring in a real power player who can return the HR/Talent Management to its former glory.


  6. Volunteer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Entrant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Data Entrant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping other people is a satisfying feeling.

    Cons

    Nothing really since I am volunteering

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  7. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Organization for Professional Development

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Baltimore, MD
    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.


  8. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Catholic Relief Services full-time

    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.


  9. Research

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Great faith based nonprofit...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  11. Amazing work place!

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



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