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Superficially it great...

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Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

I worked at International Rescue Committee

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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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.

    Doesn't Recommend
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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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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