Norwegian Refugee Council Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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  1. Depends on what you want in life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Norwegian Refugee Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This review is coming from the perspective of a national staff member. Your experience will really depend if you are an international staff or national. If you are serious about your career at an NGO there are opportunities to grow, depending on the department. You can go to head office in Oslo for training seminars once a year.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Co-workers, especially other national staff are incredibly petty, bitter, and nasty.

    Advice to Management

    Start taking complaints seriously. It seems like in my country office the same guys have lower staff complain about them but nothing is being done about it. It's disgusting and I blame the national HR staff for being apathetic.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very professional approach to making a difference in this world

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    Former Contractor - Logistics & Security Manager in Beirut (Lebanon)
    Former Contractor - Logistics & Security Manager in Beirut (Lebanon)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Norwegian Refugee Council as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent challenges for the individual, good leadership and professional people in the field

    Cons

    As with any INGO you can work yourself to death and nobody will stop you while doing it. Burnout is a real threat

    Advice to Management

    Enforce R&R to employees in the field


  3. i enjoyed work with NRC if there another opportunity i wish to work with it again

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    Former Contractor - FOOD DISTRIBUTION CLERK in Mbarara (Uganda)
    Former Contractor - FOOD DISTRIBUTION CLERK in Mbarara (Uganda)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Norwegian Refugee Council as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    NRC motivates workers and working relations are best

    Cons

    DO NOT DEVIATE FROM CORE VALUES OF NRC

    Advice to Management

    keep the spirit of maintaining workers


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  5. Project Officer

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Norwegian Refugee Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with NRC added to my experience in the field of legal

    Cons

    Unfortunately, opportunities are not open for staff always

    Advice to Management

    I hope they can fair with their employees


  6. It's a good place to stop at but not the place for a long career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Capacity building of the staff. Normal working hours. Qualified staff at the Head Quatrers. Normal work load. Good programs.

    Cons

    Disconnection between the Head Quarters in Oslo and the Country offices. Huge gap in work conditions between the International Staff and the National Staff.

    Advice to Management

    Better connection between the Head Quarters and the National Staff Councils


  7. Helpful (2)

    Waste of time and not a place to really build a career in if you want to be involved in the private sector.

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    Former Employee - Procurement and Logistics Officer in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Former Employee - Procurement and Logistics Officer in Jerusalem (Israel)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Norwegian Refugee Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary, good benefits, good pension

    Cons

    Very bad management and also just to be specific Dutch people can be very irritating and also very not professional

    Advice to Management

    They are supposed to mingle with national staff and know that national staff can takeover. If this truly happens, which is meant to be in the agenda of all NRC country offices around the world. Then this mean expatriates will have to leave since they accomplished the supposedly called development of national staff, but will not happen since they are getting paid very VERY high salaries compared with local!. Bottom line is, they become very greed and very not humanitarian as what NRC promotes. Also, Norwegians are nice people :)



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