International Rescue Committee

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A good place to work for self-starters

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Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

I worked at International Rescue Committee

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    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.

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    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.

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    Senior-management heavy, micromanaging bonanza.

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    Current Employee - Public Outreach in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Public Outreach in New York, NY

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    Organization has prestigious name and history. The humanitarian aid side of things seems to be run very well. On the field work side of things, the IRC has a huge scope of work and provides a lot more services than most other humanitarian agencies. But also many chances to network with other humanitarian agencies. It would probably be a good place to do an internship to get experience for work in the field. For other areas (external outreach, HR etc.) you can probably get a lot of mileage from the name on your resume.

    Good office location and compensation is about equal to that of similar sized humanitarian agencies.

    Cons

    As former reviewer posted, be prepared to be over-worked and under-appreciated. Very little personal training and reluctance to invest in employee development in any way. Impossibly high expectations at times for lower and mid-level employees. Very stressful.

    Very strange dynamics going on here - levels of micromanagement all the way to the top but complete lack of project ownership until something goes well. Blame inevitably trickles down. Many internal struggles between senior staff that make doing ones job very, very difficult.

    Process for promotions and hiring does not seem fair and organization is generally 'top heavy'. Organization announced a non-essential hiring/promotion freeze less than a week after promoting 6 most senior staff members and a number of employees at employment level. Benefits program is not good - they do not even have maternity leave and coverage by healthcare plan is less than basic.

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    Please, please, please hire some more lower level staff...people who actually get the work done so the "big ideas" can happen. Also, put aside petty power struggles and work together to create a coherent plan for organization as a whole because this is lacking and it lends towards panic, chaos and disorder...which might be appropriate in the field but it isn't in the main office.

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