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Human Rights Watch Reviews

Updated August 6, 2018
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Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth
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  • "Internships are unpaid and there are no benefits, but still a good place to have gain nonprofit experience" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Little opportunity for growth for support staff" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Human Rights Watch full-time (More than 10 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.


  2. "No opportunity for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

  3. "Look elsewhere"

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

    I worked at Human Rights Watch (Less 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.


  4. "human resource coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Human Rights Watch full-time

    Pros

    growth, work life balance and training

    Cons

    pay , lack of direction from senior managment


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator Outreach and Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good office space

    Cons

    Hard to gain employment at peak hiring times

  8. Helpful (3)

    "So-so"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Human Rights Watch (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compelling mission; dedicated staff; excellently resourced, heavily funded; excellent reputation

    Cons

    Uneven management, executive director has stayed far too long, unclear employment policies, severe salary discrepancies, research and support staff are underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Renew executive staff, diversify leadership, adjust salary rates to equalize pay discrepancies


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Rights Watch full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by interesting, intelligent people who are willing to share their expertise with you.

    Cons

    No possibility of growth in entry-level positions. Depending on your manager, the associate role is a glorified secretary,

    Advice to Management

    Use your support staff to substantively support the organisation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Rights Watch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rigorous standards, top-notch colleagues, independence in shaping your work but excellent support for bringing it to fruition and advocating for change based on the research conclusions.

    Cons

    Some of the work can be isolating and tedious; managers are not hired for management skills; lack of impact can be dispiriting.


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