Relief International

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Relief International Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
19 Reviews
3.0
19 Reviews
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Farshad Rastegar
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  1.  

    Friendly staff, open communication, and rewarding experience.

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    Former Employee - Operations Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, and awesome staff.

    Cons

    Sometimes there's not much to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Getting a bit realistic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Relief International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I'm glad I did not write my review when I was laid off a few months ago. It was not going to be a 4 star review for sure. Except for the sad ending and looking back now it was not a bad experience. RI had more room to grow than other organizations I've worked for. Most of the staff there took their job seriously while others were just B**** about everything.RI was going through a management change when I left. RI offered to help me with my job search and kept in touch. I didn't need the help really but it was nice to offer.

    Cons

    With the change of management, staff needed to see a sense of direction. I understand the budget crunch and all that but some staff should have been on the lay off list. They survived because they were connected to the right management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop stressing your staff out, invest in them, and, more importantly, "communicate".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great intern learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Supervisor was always willing to answer any questions and give me more work if I requested it. Also, extremely flexible in letting me choose my own hours.

    Cons

    For the few months I was at RI there seemed to be extremely high turnover. There was a party just about every week for someone who was leaving.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work right now

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Relief International

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Relief International full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Relief International as an intern

    Pros

    Great place to intern, a lot of hands-on experience. Wonderful people.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship and not many job opportunities due to lack of funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    WouldW

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Nice co-workers. Very international.

    Cons

    Kind of a small company. Small space for promotion. Not very mature working polices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mature and honest.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low salary and 0 perks

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resource Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Recent college graduates can actually get hired with an International Development organization and don't need their masters.

    Cons

    The salaries are very low, turnover is very high, the behavior of management resembles that of the investment banking world moreso than a non profit, in that employees have been reduced to tears.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs professional development and help in fostering a positive working environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    If you want to get real experience in the international nonprofit field, Relief International is the best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Relief International

    Pros

    Wonderful people and wide range of experience acquired quickly due to high workload and responsibility level. Excellent for the person looking to dive head-first into the nonprofit field.

    Cons

    Responsibilities outside of your role: You often end up doing the work of two or three people, so this can be a fast-paced, stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Knowledgeable management team that recognizes talent and wants to see Relief International's team take ownership of and grow with the organization.

    Recommends

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