Human Rights Watch Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Extraordinary Place to Work

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    • 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. Associate

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    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


  3. 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


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  5. Summer Intern

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    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


  6. Intern at LA office

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    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


  7. 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!


  8. Intern

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    • 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.


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Tons of fun, no room for career growth

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to fascinating issues and people. If a coordinator or associate, your superiors will expect you to move on in two years and will do everything to help you get to your next job goal. Four weeks' paid vacation. Your colleagues become your best friends. The associates and coordinators spoke 90 languages between them all (and we were under 30).

    Cons

    Terrible pay and terrible management. Big job dissatisfaction amongst coordinators and associates. Everyone is overqualified and underpaid and stuck doing terrible admin work, with exciting projects given in tiny doses to keep everyone from going on strike. The union was always involved in some fight or another about getting folks overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Be more in touch with the folks on the bottom of the hierarchy.


  11. Good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Human Rights Watch

    Pros

    Great learning experience in the human rights field

    Cons

    Differing ideologies may make it tough



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