International Relief and Development

International Relief and Development Reviews

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    Communications Officer responsible for web site, social media properties, and content development.

    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at International Relief and Development full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, fast-paced, challenging environment supporting a great mission.

    Cons

    Because of the environment, not always able to develop and follow through on long-term strategies.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    So much potential...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Relief and Development full-time

    Pros

    IRD was a great place to work for a long time - innovative, proactive, pro-employee

    Cons

    Money got tight and SMT started circling the wagons, putting in senior leadership that killed morale or are not up to the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will attract great people - listen to them and allow IRD to grow and innovate without the stress of having to cover their backsides all the time. Arthur Keys needs to accept new points of view and allow new experienced executives in at the top levels of IRD. They've lost some great senior people over the years and I know certain orgs won't work with them because of how word gets around. Tremendous turnover at the director-level for years - what does that tell you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dream job turned sour

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Relief and Development full-time

    Pros

    A lot of wonderful people and some fantastic programs that truly help people. If you can avoid the top people, and it isn't easy, you can have a good experience and learn quite a bit.

    Cons

    A couple other reviewers have hit the nail on the head. The senior management is awful. Many of them are utterly clueless about current trends in international development (one director told me that being born overseas made her an expert...oh ok) and one or two are pretty cavalier about wasting money in front of poorly paid employees. If it means bringing more money into the company pocket or in particular into their own pockets, the top bosses will tell you to do it. Be prepared to look the other way on a couple of ethical issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give advice if they would listen. They won't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    IRD is poorly managed, but there it's a good place for type A people to gain experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Program Officer in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Program Officer in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at International Relief and Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large number of programs to gain experience on, freedom to be creative, field jobs can be positive, and the community stabilization and democracy and governance team could be considered industry leaders.

    Cons

    Headquaters environment is not professional and the senior leadership is hindered by incompetence, nepotism, and a desire for financial gain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IRD's management is its biggest flaw. The founder is the CEO and President even after 12 years. He is incompetent and ignorant of contemporary international development. His primary concern is protecting his position, enriching himself, and employing his family and friends. Because of this, IRD is full of incompetent yes men, who are also overpaid, and lacks leaders who are moral, technically knowledgeable, or able to make decisions. IRD HQ is not a place to work if you are looking for mentor ship, though the lack of leadership does allow go-getters to make a name for themselves and stand out, just be careful not to step on the toes of the wrong people. Field jobs are hit and miss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    An exciting learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at International Relief and Development

    Pros

    Family-oriented, cultural and ethnic diversity, opportunity to explore work in other departments.

    Cons

    Competitive environment sometimes contributes to decreased communication internally

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IRD has great potential

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at International Relief and Development

    Pros

    Very flexible; great opportunities for advancement; respects field office input. Has a broad range of competencies, which means that many kinds of projects are fair game.

    Cons

    IRD is a young company and is experiencing growing pains. It is important that the company find people with deep experience and new ideas so that the growth pattern can be sustained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to shed some former employees who are no longer producing results. It is important that IRD build on its past rather than be captured and enslaved by it.

    Recommends
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