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"Senior-management heavy, micromanaging bonanza."

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Current Employee - Public Outreach in New York, NY
Current Employee - Public Outreach in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Organization has prestigious name and history. The humanitarian aid side of things seems to be run very well. On the field work side of things, the IRC has a huge scope of work and provides a lot more services than most other humanitarian agencies. But also many chances to network with other humanitarian agencies. It would probably be a good place to do an internship to get experience for work in the field. For other areas (external outreach, HR etc.) you can probably get a lot of mileage from the name on your resume.

Good office location and compensation is about equal to that of similar sized humanitarian agencies.

Cons

As former reviewer posted, be prepared to be over-worked and under-appreciated. Very little personal training and reluctance to invest in employee development in any way. Impossibly high expectations at times for lower and mid-level employees. Very stressful.

Very strange dynamics going on here - levels of micromanagement all the way to the top but complete lack of project ownership until something goes well. Blame inevitably trickles down. Many internal struggles between senior staff that make doing ones job very, very difficult.

Process for promotions and hiring does not seem fair and organization is generally 'top heavy'. Organization announced a non-essential hiring/promotion freeze less than a week after promoting 6 most senior staff members and a number of employees at employment level. Benefits program is not good - they do not even have maternity leave and coverage by healthcare plan is less than basic.

Advice to Management

Please, please, please hire some more lower level staff...people who actually get the work done so the "big ideas" can happen. Also, put aside petty power struggles and work together to create a coherent plan for organization as a whole because this is lacking and it lends towards panic, chaos and disorder...which might be appropriate in the field but it isn't in the main office.

Other Employee Reviews for International Rescue Committee

  1. "My review on the overall organizational impression"

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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 International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    IRC is a very diverse organization and any team member will get the good benefit of working with colleagues from different background, regions etc

    Cons

    Despite being around for so many years, there are still some areas with lack of policies / proper documentation

    Advice to Management

    Listen carefully to the message delivered from the recent employee engagement survey


  2. "Good company"

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

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, professionalism, good cause

    Cons

    It could be stressful to work in emergency situations

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your stakeholders as you used to.


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