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Human Rights Watch CEO Kenneth Roth
Kenneth Roth
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "My experience at HRW was above and beyond what I expected(in 13 reviews)

  • "Great learning experience and great people to connect with(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Internships are unpaid and there are no benefits, but still a good place to have gain nonprofit experience(in 17 reviews)

  • "Monotonous work, few opportunities for engagement with the advocacy work or research that HRW does(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful organization"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Human Rights Watch full-time

      Pros

      Passionate, smart, international community, where if you're a self-starter you can do amazing things

      Cons

      Need to work on internal accountability

      Human Rights Watch2018-12-09
    • "Lots of changes needed"

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      Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
      Recommends
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Human Rights Watch full-time

      Pros

      Great mission, smart people, good conditions, incredible impact, lots of innovative thinking

      Cons

      Bad management, toxic culture, lack of trust, intense competition for prestige and praise, too many Type A personalities, too little emotional intelligence

      Advice to Management

      Kindness matters

      Human Rights Watch2019-04-24
    • "A real mixed bag b"

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      Former Employee - Senior Coordinator 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Human Rights Watch full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Worthy cause, great co-workers and excellent benefits plan. Support staff have a strong union.

      Cons

      Experience varies wildly depending on department and office location. Upward mobility is tough, especially for those not in the HQ. Much of the upper-level staff has been around since before the org saw rapid growth and tends to stick to outdated management practices.

      Human Rights Watch2019-01-30
    • "Intern"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Human Rights Watch part-time

        Pros

        Very kind team; always willing to help

        Cons

        Little contact with other interns

        Human Rights Watch2018-09-26
      • Helpful (1)

        "Senior Associate"

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        Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Human Rights Watch full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Amazing fellow-level colleagues, huge organized workplace, international-looking, amazing benefits

        Cons

        Almost demeaning position, no professional development, very hierarchical, low care for morale, high demand and little appreciation, lack of trust in management, incredibly problematic with statistics (lower-level employees very diverse and upper management mainly white males)

        Advice to Management

        Invest in your overqualified, underappreciated, ambitious support staff.

        Human Rights Watch2018-09-27
      • "No opportunity for growth"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Human Rights Watch full-time

        Pros

        The benefits are good Work/life balance is possible because support staff are unionized Overtime pay

        Cons

        Little opportunity for growth for support staff Support staff are taken advantage of and are treated like personal assistants No meaningful professional development

        Human Rights Watch2018-08-06
      • "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!"

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        Current Employee - California in San Jose, CA

        I have been working at Human Rights Watch full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        After 14 years at HRW, I can't think of a better place to be!!! Great people, highly efficient organization, get's so much done while being spread thin.

        Cons

        Not all jobs at HRW have an upward trajectory. If there's no way to advance in your role, but you're really good, the organization will try to keep you by offering other internal opportunities.

        Advice to Management

        Management is very open to feedback, and has staff well-being in mind. No organization is perfect, but the care and attention to staff and individual needs are truly remarkable.

        Human Rights Watch2018-06-28
      • "Look elsewhere"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Human Rights Watch for more than a year

        Pros

        Efforts to eradicate human rights violations worldwide.

        Cons

        Workplace culture rife with arrogant elitism and social stratification. Conformity and submission to senior staff expected even when illogical or inefficient. The organization has recognized its problems with poor management training and lack of diversity but wastes regular opportunities to make effective change.

        Advice to Management

        Standardize internal systems so staff can be thoroughly and effectively trained. Decrease reliance on idiosyncratic methods which cannot be easily shared with other staff. Create a workplace which reflects the human rights values the organization is trying to protect worldwide.

        Human Rights Watch2018-07-11
      • Helpful (1)

        "Coordinator Outreach and Development"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Human Rights Watch full-time

        Pros

        Great benefits and great vacations

        Cons

        Too much turn over among staff

        Human Rights Watch2018-03-26
      • Helpful (1)

        "Great Experience"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Human Rights Watch

          Pros

          I was a summer intern and had a great experience at HRW. People are very friendly and very willing to get you on projects.

          Cons

          Unpaid, often times unstructured work days with no work for interns

          Human Rights Watch2018-03-22
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