International Rescue Committee

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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
114 Reviews
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114 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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  1.  

    Work-life balance difficult

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    I worked as an intern and was given great opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    AmeriCorps Service at Refugee Resettlement Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Client Oriented Case Work

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Working Assistant in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Case Working Assistant in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Consistent leadership and team building (meetings occur every week)
    Fulfilling community oriented work
    Teaches strong administrative skills

    Cons

    Training is informal
    A lot of busywork
    Sometimes the office is empty; case workers are on part-time schedules

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Valuable Experience

    Former Employee - Economic Empowerment
    Former Employee - Economic Empowerment

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

    Pros

    Great company work ethics. Everybody was comfortable with each other. Great relationship with clients

    Cons

    Employees should follow the given work hours vs coming late leaving late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    Very inspiring and dedicated colleagues

    Cons

    A little disorganized but still impressive considering they are operating under constrained resources

  8.  

    Great mission, great people, needs some help with management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Worker in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Case Worker in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    IRC does a fantastic job of making their values known, working for an amazing cause, and giving great benefits. There are many sick days, vacation days, floating holidays that you can use, and they are usually granted if you request within the allotted time. The work keeps you very busy, but the people are amazing to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    The office is overworked and underpaid, and the management could do a significantly better job of supporting their employees, especially during the busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep finding ways to promote professional growth for your employees so you don't lose talented staff, and search for more ways to support your staff when they need it most.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Solid Internship experience for a rising undergraduate junior

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very relaxed, and I was able to easily form friendships with other interns and employees.In addition, everyone is very passionate about the work they do and about helping people.

    Cons

    The branch I worked for was definitely understaffed. This was an issue as an intern because there was not always someone available to answer questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very easy-going, make an effort to always stay busy. Going above and beyond will get noticed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Extremely friendly and passionate staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    The people who were here love what they are doing and are more than welcoming to new recruits

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy involved and lack of communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more interdepartmental meetings/means of communications beyond the Thursday mornings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Review of IRC

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    Location to midtown manhattan and the UN

    Cons

    Poor company culture and bad management

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