Human Rights Watch Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Extraordinary Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Human Rights Watch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global perspective. Surrounded by highly intelligent co-workers. Noble cause. Unfortunately, a growth industry.

    Cons

    Nonprofit salaries are tough to raise a family on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work you do.


  2. Former Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Human Rights Watch

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience. Have a great internship program where you get to go to weekly meetings with researchers, writers etc. It is a great way to meet other interns and get a feel for the company

    Cons

    Wish I was able to look at other departments within HRW. Unfortunately I felt like most of the work was tedious. Little credit is given to the interns.

    Advice to Management

    I loved the internship program. Be careful with new employees having interns. It was disorganized and more often than not, I didn't have anything to do


  3. 4 Month Internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Human Rights Watch

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    It was a very encouraging environment; what I didn't know, I was taught or trained in (such as HTML/CSS). The associate I was working for encouraged me to draft statements and such. Other interns were super friendly and team-oriented. There were speakers for interns and I was not handling mail and coffee.

    Cons

    Another intern in the Development Division was overworked, often worked through lunch for an unpaid internship. This was my first internship, so I was unclear as to the leeway I had in doing certain things, such as contacting government officials to get contact information of certain people for an upcoming report. I like clear, professional lines in the sand between me and my supervisor, especially starting out. My associate and her supervisors were really nice, but I would get mixed signals when we were joking around as if not at work and then suddenly we're back in office mode and I'm being asked for this and that. Was my associate a friend or my superior coworker?


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  5. Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Human Rights Watch full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great organization doing important work Wonderful people to work with

    Cons

    Not appreciative of support staff


  6. Good NGO

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Happy Valley, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Happy Valley, OR

    I worked at Human Rights Watch (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and nice work involved

    Cons

    no prospect of promotion, people sometimes are distant


  7. Summer Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Human Rights Watch

    Pros

    Collegial and friendly office and colleagues Numerous interns from varying backgrounds (during the summer) Networking opportunities

    Cons

    Much smaller than NY office (less opportunities) No pay or subsidies, and living in DC is expensive Supervisors can be hands-off

    Advice to Management

    Take more advantage of the skills and talent your interns have to offer with better planning and organization


  8. Intern at LA office

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Human Rights Watch

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers/superiors who are always happy to talk, hang out after work, and give positive references

    Cons

    lots of filing and secretarial work, internships are unpaid


  9. Former Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Human Rights Watch

    Pros

    They treat their interns extremely well, setting up a speaker series, buying interns food, etc. I didn't realize how benevolent they were being until I started interning at another place this summer. It was an interesting learning experience, especially being at an organization such as HRW which takes such strong stands.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can get a bit repetitive, but that's really a minor complaint. I would certainly want to work here after college!


  10. Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Human Rights Watch full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great program for law students interested in international human rights work.

    Cons

    No opportunity for employment for recent graduates other than one fellowship.

    Advice to Management

    Help interns with future employment tips or networking opportunities.


  11. Review kf

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Human Rights Watch

    Pros

    Work environment, friendly, casual

    Cons

    Can't think of any



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