International Rescue Committee

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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
121 Reviews
4.2
121 Reviews
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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work environment, very respectful and great Leadership (in 7 reviews)

  • If you're going to work in refugee resettlement IRC is definitely the best one to work for (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The high turnover is sometimes a result of people burning out (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between each section of the office (in 3 reviews)

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    Immigration services intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and rewarding

    Cons

    Can't help everyone who comes in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Employment Specialist Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    Amazing people,Great Supervisor,Opportunity to do same tasks as my supervisor,excellent place to grow.

    Cons

    All long term internships continue to be unpaid

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding internship with passionate co-workers who try to stay true to the organization's mission

    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    Welcoming environment. Got to work with a small group of passionate and driven people, who really cared about the work they do. You could get a lot of hands-on experience with the community you are trying to help depending on your specific position/ department.

    Cons

    Internship is unpaid. As a non-profit that depends on help from volunteers and interns for their projects and work, there will be lots of interns/volunteers coming in and out with less continuity.

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  5.  

    Valuable but hard work.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Intern
    Former Employee - Administrative Intern

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gained a lot of experience working with people of different cultures. I also took on many different responsibilities that helped me in my current position.

    Cons

    There is little room for vertical growth and everyone is overworked and underpaid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    it was fun and interesting

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    Current Employee - Filing in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Filing in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    easy going entertainment and friendly people.

    Cons

    it was a easy office work and answering phone calls nothing was challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    choose to work with people that you can relate with and easy to work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work-life balance difficult

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    Personal growth and professional development opportunities are many (at least in HQ), mostly everyone is a delight to work with, wonderful inspiring people who are truly motivated by clients and love what they do.

    Cons

    There is a lot of talk that compensation is low, it's difficult to move up, and work-life balance is hard to strike. Also that it can be too "top-down" from HQ to the field staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote more resettled refugees and people of color into the HQ staff. Do the same with national staff in the international field offices. Consider hiring less white males as country directors, it's really implausible that there isn't at least one qualified national person who could run the country office (and likely be much more effective). Critical populations currently have little to no seats at the senior level management tables, and it doesn't reflect well on the IRC's stated values, practice what you preach at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern

    Former Employee - Intern in Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Tucker, GA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The IRC is comprised of a great community of people who are sincere in assisting refugees during their transition. You are surrounded by a number of cultures and languages and remarkable people.

    Cons

    At times, situations can be challenging and the environment can be busy and hectic.

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    I worked as an intern and was given great opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    I often helped with big meaningful projects that really made me feel like I was making an impact.

    Cons

    You deal with some really tough situations, and it's a non-profit, so not the best pay. This is definitely a job you do because you love it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Casework assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    was nice working with refugees and being part of their new life in USA.

    Cons

    low pay, higher management don't seem to care about their staff.

    No opinion of CEO
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    AmeriCorps Service at Refugee Resettlement Organization

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    Former Employee - Job Readiness Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Job Readiness Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    IRC in San Diego is a big office with many programs, so there's an opportunity to see things related to immigration services, educational support, English classes, farming, career services and more. Usually lots of client interaction and regular meetings with managers. Co-workers were smart, friendly, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Some employees stay for many years, but many leave after a couple years. The high turnover is sometimes a result of people burning out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage better work/life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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