International Rescue Committee

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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
98 Reviews

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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
David Miliband
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Multi-national & multi-lingual working environment (in 6 reviews)

  • hands-on experience, communal working environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is not a good source of work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • US programs seem to receive far less attention that international programs (this can be good or bad depending on where you work) (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Needs more organization, but great people to work with

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Values and working with people who care; you can directly see how you are contributing to the organization and the people you serve; can work independently without much supervision.

    Cons

    Needs much more organization and structure. A lot of the work was given without clear instruction or training and without structure in place. You are thrown in the field to figure things out yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solidify structure and it will help retain people and talent.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employment Specialist  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Employment Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are wiling to help

    Cons

    Smal chance to be hired. Unorganized training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, very respectful and great Leadership

    Cons

    Overloaded with administrative tasks and reporting demands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent non profit. Very interesting and inspirational work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at International Rescue Committee part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The most memorable part of my experience with the IRC were my incredible colleagues and incredible clients. Their personality and spirit in one word: "Survivor." The work is challenging, strenuous, educational, and inspirational.

    Cons

    The work is stressful and time consuming. The work is never done. Many people feel a deep, strong commitment and passion for their work. But this also means they work incredibly long and stressful hours for very little pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great mission and core values

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IOM Loan Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - IOM Loan Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice working enviroment, time off policies, excellent benefits, and good learning experience

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities are limited, volunteer/internships in NYC are unavailable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee

    Pros

    its a very active organization seeking to serve greater number of their beneficiaries

    Cons

    High turnover rate than expected, new people were always coming in and people were always leaving

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great International organization with limited resources

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

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    A professional work place, Lovely and caring coworkers, feels rewarded when clients get success and are able to integrate in the new culture and community.

    Cons

    Extremely heavy workload, minimal support from the leadership, not very decent pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never deviate the focus from the core programs and values of the organization. Find more funding resources to support staffs so they have reasonable caseload.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Technical Advisor - International Program Quality Department

    Former Employee - Technical Advisor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    professional and committed staff members
    global assignments
    collaborative multi-disciplinary working culture
    Good technical quality
    Room for personal growth
    Commitment to learning

    Cons

    poor work-life balance
    inadequate compensation considering performance expectations
    Lack of management system
    Lot of pressure to win bids for donor-funded projects
    Understaffed unit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation package

  10.  

    Friendly, helpful staff!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee part-time

    Pros

    The other workers are very passionate, friendly, willing to teach you how to use the various programs. The work can be extremely rewarding because it is unlike anything else you have probably ever done before - working with recently relocated refugees is not something you can really prepare for, but the staff will help you learn quickly.

    Cons

    The work is extremely challenging and can be tiring - repetitive days, working with occasionally difficult clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Meaningful work with limited opportunities

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

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Experiences you won't find anywhere else.
    The gratitude from clients makes this work incredibly fulfilling.
    Complex issues and problems that need creative solutions.

    Cons

    Language barrier is too often a problem.
    Compensation can be limited and few perks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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