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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
97 Reviews

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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
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13 Ratings

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.  

    Amazing, inspiring and transformative

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    Former Employee - Development  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY

    Pros

    Never experienced a more supportive and collaborative environment. Terrific opportunities for training, placement worldwide, and advancement.

    Cons

    Professionalization of organization and management has brought on usual bureaucracy and red tape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing place for an internship, with many opportunities to learn!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best part of working for free/interning were the many opportunities to get involved with different types of work. The office is constantly busy, so there is definitely lots to do! Even though I hate to admit it, at times the work got dull, but depending on who you work for there could be room to seek mentorship, take a longer lunch, or help out in a different part of the office during those really dull days.

    Cons

    None, except not much room to move up to a hired/paid position unless you speak one of the key languages in the office.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good values, strong benefits, fantastic employees, and good work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    The employees that work here are great coworkers
    The organization is innovative for a large NGO
    People are open and there are lots of opportunities to learn about others roles
    They have really strong benefits for an NGO. Lots of vacation days, 403b match, pretty good healthcare

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up within the organization. There is so much competition that you often have to leave and come back in order to make yourself qualified for a more senior position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship

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    Former Employee - Career Development Internship  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Career Development Internship in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume. You work with passionate people who are happy to have your help.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. People don't really have time to deal with interns. Not a lot of feedback on job performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more structured internship program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Atlanta

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Fellow workers are great, they all go above and beyond to help clients in a wide variety of matters, there is very little opportunity for advancement at this office which has led people to leave to advance their careers. While the general culture of work is good-all the general workers will assist each other any time it is needed, however there are times that management seems oblivious to the daily stresses and problems.

    Cons

    The primary complaint across the board is that salaries do not compare with others doing the same work in this area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the benefits are good ,the salaries are noticeably below other agencies in the metro area. There needs to be more transparency about the how and why things are done. For example why same size offices in other cities have many more employees in each department. The caseloads and shrinking staff is making it much harder to do a job that everyone truly wants to do the best that it can be done. Don't know about other sites but Atlanta is stressed,and truth be told, feeling very unappreciated by much of the management.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Passionate staff, antiquated business processes and top down structure

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    Former Employee - Program Officer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Local offices have wonderful, passionate staff, many of whom were former beneficiaries
    One of the fastest responders to humanitarian crises displacing populations, highly specialized in our work
    One of the best, most innovation in refugee resettlement work domestically
    THe ability to work domestically on an international development issue with an organization that also provides aid internationally

    Cons

    HQ structure is way risk averse, doesn't trust local affiliate staff, high turnover in local EDs. Business processes are slow, paper heavy, systems aren't integrated, therefore communication suffers and local staff have a very disconnected view of the HQ vision and structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop creating new VP/Director level positions at HQ and invest in your staff providing direct service and creating local brands. Raise compensation to reduce turnover, invest in professional development, upward mobility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great organization to work with.

    Cons

    Hard to move up the organization.

  9.  

    Great Organization Positive Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer

    Pros

    Everyone employee at IRC was there for the mission of the organization from the Director to the Interns to the Childcare Teachers. Lots of room for Interns to gain experience and become part of the staff especially in resettlement and immigration.

    Cons

    salaries are very low; not a lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assist managers with understand department budgets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfying work with clients; Staff needs more support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    In a regional office, the tangible benefits you can provide directly to clients is motivating and extremely satisfying. You literally have the opportunity to change lives for the better and the environment attracts a dynamic, dedicated and close-knit staff.

    Cons

    The lack of resources and sustainable funding is extremely difficult to manage for staff at all levels: front-line staff, managers and executive leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve HR practices, dedicate funding to supporting staff, improve staff retention by streamlining procedures for professional development and staff advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience!

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good opportunity to do field work and interact with refugees and immigrants who are new to America and have very little time to learn a huge lot of things. Teaches patience, compassion and bringing energy to the work-place while working at IRC.

    Cons

    Sometimes the requirements become over-bearing when there are huge number of clients coming with issues in different areas. One needs to be prepared for these occasional rush hours.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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