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Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Reviews

Updated May 4, 2018
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  1. "general"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Multicultural, diverse, friendly and fast-paced

    Cons

    very limited career growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Great place to work, with flaws"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been exposed to lots of non-profits, and IRCO is actually relatively low on the dysfunction scale
    Coworkers and work environment are really great overall
    Super diverse
    Super laid back
    Service-driven; real passion for helping refugees and immigrants
    Good HR
    Attempts to retain quality staff
    On path toward improvement over last 5 years
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Some managers are terrible (but not all!)
    Pay is poor
    Need to professionalize level of service in some departments/programs

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff/coordinators with Leadership potential, particularly staff representing communities served
    Management audit--remove terrible managers
    Work on professionalizing services to reduce liability and possibility of harm in direct and intensive services such as home visits

  3. "Great place for service driven individuals"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate team-members and leadership. Lots of opportunity for growth if you are self driven. Rewarding and inspiring work.

    Cons

    Steady workload increase without opportunity for salary advancement


  4. "Pre Employment Trainer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization part-time

    Pros

    Serving people from other countries to provide resources is a great purpose

    Cons

    non'profit means a lot of uncertainty about job status


  5. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Staffs are nice. Good environment

    Cons

    Low pay and very little hours


  6. "Most diverse workplace ever!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love working with people from all over the world. As an immigrant myself, I experience emotional support from co-workers and clients.

    Cons

    As you get promoted, you work for more programs rather than getting more specialized in one thing. Part of it is because of the funding structure that my supervisor have to combine different programs to support my full-time position.

    Advice to Management

    We lose a lot of good people to public sector, and without compatible wage for bilingual and bicultural staff, I don't see it changing.


  7. "A great place"

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    Current Employee - Upward Bound Tutor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Upward Bound Tutor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great organization, which does important work for the community. Working as an upward bound tutor is rewarding and enjoyable.

    Cons

    The upward bound program is funded by a federal grant, so the positions aren't highly paid and has limited hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome.

  8. "Overworked, undervalued, very poorly run"

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

    Pros

    -Meaningful work
    -Some colleagues are very passionate, even if overworked

    Cons

    -Very little compensation for working extremely hard (often long hours, on weekends, using personal vehicle, etc.)
    -Upper level staff have been there for a long time, are not very innovative, and do not encourage creative models for programming
    -Funding is tenuous because contingent on grants
    -Few opportunities for advancement and professional development

    Advice to Management

    -Truly evaluate sustainability of programs, make sure it is financially viable, not just bare bones
    -Uphold motto of encouraging self-sufficiency rather than paying staff a wage that requires them to be on food stamps and public assistance


  9. "Provides excellent services to deserving clients"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Programs create measurable impact on the lives of clients
    -Multicultural staff--providing culturally specific programming
    -Excellent place to work for individuals passionate about serving immigrant/refugee communities
    -Generally positive and friendly staff

    Cons

    -management and promotions can be political
    -programs and jobs often cut due to lack of funding
    -Employees often stretched beyond compensation

    Advice to Management

    -Continue diversifying leadership/management (Extreme lack of black and brown women of color in leadership/management positions)
    -Make decisions in a more transparent manner


  10. "Great clients, not-so-great management"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Instructor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to have an immediate and direct positive impact in the lives of refugees and immigrants that have newly arrived in the USA.

    Cons

    The organization has some serious flaws that will frustrate you to no end - from redundancy, to poor communication and a lot of micro-managing.

    Advice to Management

    More communication among staff, and between staff members and management is needed.


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