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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. "Heirarchical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The organization does good work

    Cons

    Its very bureaucratic, few decisions are made at the country level


  2. "Eh..."

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    Former Intern - Immigration Services
    Former Intern - Immigration Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Impacting individuals
    Learn a lot about refugees/immigration laws

    Cons

    Inexperienced supervisors
    LOTS of paperwork
    Very boring
    "Busy" work

    Advice to Management

    Have more training in supervising interns

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