Relief International Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. A great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission driven with transparant and positive culture. Great people to work with. Very reasonable benefits and time can be flexible. Pay is good. Opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Some Country leaders do bad program management and some creat tension between field and head office. Some systems need to improve.

    Advice to Management

    You don't have to do everything yourself. That is NOT what management is. You have great staff.


  2. Supportive Culture and Interesting Work.. Lots of potential.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and org culture has improved substantially. Large room for innovation, and progress.

    Cons

    Poor management at some country offices may lead to poor program implementation and poor reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Hold heads of missions accountable. Invest more in building systems.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to grow and break into the industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    RI is a great place to break into the humanitarian sector, you learn a ton and it prepares you well for your future career. They hire a lot from within especially with interns. The staff are kind, hard-working, and dedicated. With the new CEO, there is tons of potential and a bright future for the years ahead.

    Cons

    Staff need more opportunities to travel to the field to see the programs first hand.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great momentum going!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Growing, tons of potential

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Relief International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    RI spent 2013 and early 2014 doing some soul searching, with a very inclusive process soliciting information from all staff worldwide, which culminated in both the strategic plan and an excellent new CEO. They were always open to innovative ideas, they trust their employees and they hire good people. Their SMT is excellent and there is a concerted, whole organization supported push for program quality and learning.

    Cons

    Because of the competitive landscape of humanitarian response - funding is difficult. RI has to work twice as hard to win opportunities for funding to provide essential humanitarian services around the world. They need an infusion of cash from a private donor to start funding emergency response.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good momentum that the new CEO brings, I hope you can raise enough money to smooth out your program cycles and to support business development. I wish RI all the best.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic Environment for Professional Growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are encouraging, friendly, and helpful. Open door policy, someone always available to answer questions. Long history of hiring and promoting from within; many of the higher ups started as either interns or volunteers. Great organizational culture and mission makes the work fulfilling. New CEO brought on board this year, I see only a brighter future for RI.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for US based staff to travel to field offices.


  7. Helpful (1)

    fulfilling place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    All the people are dedicated, and work hard towards the same missions of the organization. I have been working with the organization for over 4yrs and have seen its ups and downs. With new management in place, there is a bright future for the employees at Relief International. Everyone always willing to hear new ideas and implement new changes for the better of employees.

    Cons

    more exposure to field offices for staff based in LA and DC


  8. Helpful (1)

    Very humbling and fulfilling to work for an organization with a great mission!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Organization has a wonderful mission. It is nice to know and see what contributions they are making all over the world. Very nice colleagues that are kind and team oriented Good worklife balance. Management does not micromanage/ no bureaucracy Creativity and innovation are encouraged

    Cons

    Wish people at HQ travelled to the field to see what the projects are like in the field

    Advice to Management

    With the new CEO in charge, things are heading in the right direction. Mgt keeps staff involved along the way.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not a good place to work right now

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    younger employees are dedicated and get experience

    Cons

    younger employees are not taken advantage of in terms of skills and they are pushed into departments out of their expertise without incentives or promise of upward growth.. in fact there is no path for upward growth and it often is looked down upon when asked for.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to what your employees are saying and work on your own management styles - this is what is holding the organization back


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great people and good programs but that's the only positive about the organization

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people apart from senior management are really great

    Cons

    pay, environment, lack of professionalism, overworking, unhealthy treatment of people, bad HR policies and management, horrible senior management even after Farshad's exit.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention, show results, stop keeping secrets. Stop micro-managing and nitpicking on tiny details and look at the overall picture.


  11. WouldW

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    Foot in the door of the International Development sector and opportunities for interns to work abroad

    Cons

    Low salaries, appalling HR policies/practices, poor quality programmes, micro-management by senior management, bullying, over-working staff with no benefits, awful organisational culture

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul management practices, esp. HR function, be clear about your strategic direction, improve programmes.



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