International Relief and Development

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International Relief and Development Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Potential for greatness is there

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

    I worked at International Relief and Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    IRD has a fabulous mission with dedicated professionals who truly want to help the world's most vulnerable populations.

    Cons

    Organization is transitioning now from a founder-led company to a new President & CEO. There are some growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time on proposal development and more time on implementation. There should be a balance of the two.


  2. Highly Disappointed, White Collar Thieves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at International Relief and Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees pay 0 for healthcare, company pays 2k each month per employee family

    Cons

    Management has not changed, they are still promoting employees to VP, ect., even though USAID has suspended IRD. Many of the employees are having affairs with co-workers

    Advice to Management

    IRD is still too corrupt to fix, many of the players that allowed the corruption to start and continue are still employed and have been given promotions and increases, "What A Joke"


  3. Great work in dangerous venues despite top management

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

    I worked at International Relief and Development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent, professional coworkers with passion and creativity

    Cons

    Founder and family members (now removed)

    Advice to Management

    Now that you have a clean slate, take the opportunity to be creative and courageous.


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  5. I have been working at IRD for many years

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at International Relief and Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and office atmosphere, good company to start of your carrier, 401k and health insurance

    Cons

    Salary freeze for the past 4 years, former CEO didn't lead the company in the right direction

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and don't pay the executives who can't deliver horrendous amounts of $$


  6. Great place on the way down....

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    Current Employee - Associate Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Program Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, lots of qualified staff.

    Cons

    Too top heavy. So much turn around that those willing to stay float to the top without any experience

    Advice to Management

    Shut down.


  7. Needs Experienced Int'l Development Leadership, New Board of Directors and Complete Change of Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at International Relief and Development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Inspiring work in some of the most fragile and failed states of the world.

    Cons

    Did not treat the young employees well, burned out mid level employees and did not manage the organization well from a program operations, auditing and performance standpoint.

    Advice to Management

    Listen less to the proposal writers, procurement and legal advisors and more to the people who do the real work in the field.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    So much potential...

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


  10. Helpful (3)

    Dream job turned sour

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

    I worked at International Relief and Development full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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