US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

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US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    An OK place to pass through

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty good compared to other national resettlement orgs. Benefits are also pretty good.
    Friendly peers and direct supervisors (though it's not a tight knit office).
    Peers and direct staff are largely mission driven.
    Strong mission and some work directly affects arriving refugees.
    Good work/life balance.
    Training is good.

    Cons

    Upper-level management are unpredictable and detached. Administration executives see employees as out to take advantage of the organization and do not treat employees with respect. Executives driven by desire to grow the org and it's reputation rather than do good work.
    Work load and stress varies significantly from position to position even within the same team.
    Few opportunities for advancement and upper management state outright that they know USCRI is a "step along the road" for most people.
    Very bureaucratic.
    Low moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on strengthening existing programs - expansion should only be to meet an unmet need; growing a non-profit for the sake of growing/reputation is absurd and self-involved.
    Administration executives and HR should focus on employees as partners, saying you value employees is not the same as treating them with respect and having consistent policies/treatment.
    Focus on creating paths for growth that would build staff devotion.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not good - RUN

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A few genuine people
    Good Hours
    Great Location

    Cons

    Terrible bosses with a lack of communication
    Very LOW pay and no room for advancement
    Very high turn over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read up on how to pay employees for non-profit. Its hard to improve a business when people quit every week, it becomes hard to build strong working relationships.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent internship experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research and Publications Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research and Publications Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    USCRI is a place where you will learn a lot during your internship, not only about the area where you are collaborating, but also about the organization as a whole and the issues that they work with. The staff is very friendly, the office space is beautiful and comfortable and your work will be very relevant, you will gain hands-on experience that will be relevant for future jobs.

    Cons

    The down point of internships in USCRI is that they are unpaid, you only receive a stipend for transportation and food expenses. This might make this employer less attractive when considering different internships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time

    Pros

    Many dedicated and talented staff
    Comfortable office and location
    Cultural diversity
    Good benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Management feels distant & disconnected from staff
    Programs could be run more strategically
    Performance reviews aren't done
    Programs feel isolated from one another
    High employee turnover
    Nepotism weakens trust in leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study best practices for nonprofit management, use standard pay scale for all employees, correct nepotism, create strategic plans for programs and do performance reviews, increase communication across organization vertically and horizontally

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Job Ever. Run while you still can.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Staff diversity
    A handful of nice people
    On-site IT department
    No one gets mad if you print in color

    Cons

    HORRIBLE bosses
    Upward mobility is rare
    Org work culture eats your soul
    Management smiles at your face while they throw you under the bus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you value your employees, they will not leave. If they do not leave, your org will become more efficient. If your org is more efficient, it will become more profitable. If the org becomes more profitable, you can pay people more. If you pay people more, they will stick around longer and feel valued. It's not rocket science.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Massive workload for no money.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission with nice employees. if you live in VA or DC it's practical.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Really LOW salaries (even for non profits)
    Badly managed
    No working from home
    No career opp.or dev.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Org basically good if you are at the beginning of your career (internship etc). Anyone mid career and above needs to run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    True to their mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

    Pros

    This organization has been doing truly effective work involving refugees and immigrants in the US since 1911. Friendly and welcoming office culture.

    Cons

    Outside of DC. Anyone not living in Virginia or DC will have quite the commute.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee friendly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time

    Pros

    Working environment is good. The people is nice there.

    Cons

    Heavy work load. Salary is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the salary

    Recommends
  10.  

    Excellent staff support, professional development opportunities, and environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Albany, NY

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Albany office as a full time summer intern. Every single staff member was wonderful. There was a great community environment. Interns were trusted with important tasks and were supported by staff. There were clear expectations and guidelines that were adhered to respectfully. Highly recommend!

    Cons

    compensation - unpaid internship. It's a smaller organization that is competitive and few opportunities regularly exist.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission with horrible bosses

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time

    Pros

    4 weeks vacation and lots of sick time.

    Cons

    The CEO is very disconnected from employees and often spends too much money on international travel. There is no ability to move up in the company. HR practices are outrageous. Moral is horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency! Work on company moral and start doing performance reviews for ALL staff. Without performance reviews the bad people never get fired and the good people leave out of frustration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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