There are newer employer reviews for International Rescue Committee
There are newer employer reviews for International Rescue Committee

See Most Recent

Helpful (5)

A good place to work for self-starters

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

I worked at International Rescue Committee

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

IRC's mission is extraordinary. Its core values - which include making decisions based on input from the communities it services - and its commitment to hiring people from the countries and communities it serves are spot on. It's easy to come to work (even at headquarters) and feel that you are making a difference in other people's lives. Across the board, those who work at the IRC are bright, committed to the work, and invested in making a difference in refugees lives. They are often well-traveled and well-educated and come from interesting professional and cultural backgrounds.

Cons

Here are three, based on limited exposure to the organization (8 years, but obviously I didn't work in all departments/programs): 1. With such a large agency, sometimes information fails to flow down from the executive offices. There's an effort being made to get information about strategy and values and guiding principles to line staff and middle managers, but there's still work to be done. 2. There are advancement opportunities in headquarters, but the structure of some (especially smaller) regional offices and country programs makes it hard to advance. Some very bright, talented, hard-working people have had to leave the organization, because they didn't want to relocate but didn't want to stay in their jobs past a certain point. 3. In some units and departments, staffing capacity means that data analysis is not always as rigorous as it could be. With more quantitative people on board, the organization could look at the data it collects to see what is driving its outcomes. This would allow the organization to provide even better services to clients.

Advice to Management

Be transparent and honest with staff - create a set of guiding principles, and share it across the organization. Compile and share annual or biannual plans for each department across the agency. Seek key staff's input (from line staff to senior management) in creating these plans, and be explicit about how staff's input is driving decision-making. Create a virtual drop-box and other tools for staff to share ideas and solutions. Create a mentoring program to match senior staff with long-term entry/mid level staff - this would keep senior staff connected with the "reality on the front lines" and would create a venue for professional development for the entry/mid level staff.

0 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
  1. Superficially it great...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with people who are passionate about what they're doing. You also get to work at something that makes you feel good about yourself.

    Cons

    There is definitely a feeling that you are working to make management look better, so if you want a day off or a lighter workload than forget it. Hours can be long and tensions sometimes run high, so if you need help than you better learn how to be self sufficient.

    Advice to Management

    Let your workers know that they are appreciated and that their suggestions and opinions will be listen to and if taken, they will get credit for it.


  2. IRC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good entryway into the nonprofit community. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Very small but community driven. Diverse experiences w/ refugees from many countries was amazing.

    Cons

    The office was tiny, disorganized and underpaid. It's clear why nonprofit isn't the best option for a monetarily satisfying career.

    Advice to Management

    You did the best you could with the funds you were given. The opportunity to work with and for you for the summer was amazing.


There are newer employer reviews for International Rescue Committee
There are newer employer reviews for International Rescue Committee

See Most Recent

Work at International Rescue Committee? Share Your Experiences

International Rescue Committee

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.