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Church World Service Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Farsi/Dari Interpreter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dari Interpreter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Dari Interpreter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's good, honest work, and one definitely feels a sense of fulfillment while working here. The staff is dedicated to the humanitarian cause, and the clients are usually quite appreciative.

    Cons

    Because of how understaffed the company is, the caseworkers really push as hard as they can to get people to help out. This isn't a job for those who can easily be pushed around. I was just an interpreter, but after about two sessions, I was asked to do more things, essentially becoming an unofficial caseworker quite quickly, using my own car and gas to pick up clients, take them to appointments where caseworkers didn't show up, wrote up reports and summaries for what I did and sent it back to the office. I felt bad for the staff and attempted to help, but I ended up abused.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people! I know that the budget is tight, but perhaps the organization then needs to downsize.


  2. "Refugee Resettlement Case Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jupiter, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jupiter, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Church World Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only pros are your colleagues

    Cons

    Expect to be overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "I regret working for this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Church World Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Helping people and see the happiness in their eyes

    Cons

    the worst management, frequent change of employees. Plus when you work for them you go down under poverty line.

    Advice to Management

    do not even think of applying. I wish there is minus starts in the rating scale


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "This organization should be investigated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The org. still has good intentions and although most talented staff are gone or have been laid off, there are still some dedicated staff left in the field offices.

    Cons

    Pay is abominal, layoffs last year were handled disastrously by HR and there is serious misuse of government. and org. money by CEO, CFO and senior management as well as some of the global offices where corruption is rife. I cannot believe CWS has not been investigated by the state dept. or shut down yet. Hopefully its just a matter of time......

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of CEO, CFO, Senior Staff, many of the Program and most of the Global Directors. Really you give org.'s that are really making a difference with refugees and immigrants a bad name.

    By the way I would give this org. zero stars if I could


  6. Helpful (4)

    "An organization in decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Church World Service full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very little positive at this point. CWS was once a good place to work. But the organization is barely holding on, and massive layoffs in 2015 were handled poorly. Organization has a self-image of being a nice employer, but that is not true.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, those in upper management now are in over their heads, and with a weak board of directors, there is very little oversight. The CEO and CFO need to be replaced with new leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Board needs to be more more take-charge and replace current executives at the top.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Regional Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Illinois Regional Director in Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois Regional Director in Elmhurst, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Church World Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The stated mission of the organization is great. The trench workers believe they are working for the greater good.

    Cons

    Old boy network. Do not accept new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize at the top, not at the bottom levels


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Caseworker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Church World Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rewarding work and great health benefits.

    Cons

    A bit disorganized and a real lack of funding.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Immigration Legal Intern"

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    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Church World Service (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at CWS gives one the opportunity to work with a diverse population of clients. Interns are very independent and are exposed to a variety of immigration law issues and projects: Naturalization, DACA, VAWA, U-Visa, AOS...

    Cons

    The internship is likely unpaid so the student may need to apply for a grant or stipend through their school.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Church World Service full-time

    Pros

    Nice office space org can't afford

    Cons

    management is awful and likes to self-congratulate on its nonaccomplishments, treats employees terribly and doesn't address issues in the work place, focuses too much on fundraising and not enough on program and program activity

    Advice to Management

    clean your ranks and start over


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Staff Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Church World Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable federal funding. Light schedule.

    Cons

    Limited room for professional growth or lateral movement. Low remuneration.


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