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International Crisis Group Reviews

Updated September 30, 2017
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  1. "Field Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Attorney in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Crisis Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company. Noble cause. Working against humanities’ nature. They’re work product is unparalleled.

    Cons

    None. It is a positive company with great people.

    Advice to Management

    All my respect for you. You are far more confident in man,s potential than I am.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Ruining a Great Field-based Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's know for its field expertise and the analysts and directors actually located in the field are quite good.

    Cons

    Money is being pulled away from the field and put in the Western offices - NYC, DC and Brussels - not to mention a new office in London which wasn't needed or justified. Very expensive staff in these offices and this after downsizings of field and other lower level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of London. Move the Middle East Program Director or Deputy Director (pick one!) to the field. Stop loading staff into NYC and get rid of nonperforming staff, particularly in non-field locations.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stay long enough for the reference"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at International Crisis Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good network of contacts after employment
    -The reports are well written

    Cons

    -Demoralized staff
    -Cycle of budget and staff cuts every other year
    -No opportunities for internal advancement
    -Toxic internal relationships within and across programs

    Advice to Management

    There is no motivation for staff internally - no promotions, salary freezes, information is siloed within programs, insecure employment, a decrease in staff and increase in responsibility, but the same pay. Finance and HR need to be figured out, the reporting side of things is fine.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Decent internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly
    Former Employee - Intern - Monthly
    Recommends

    I worked at International Crisis Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff, kind of a hectic office but you'll get to do cool research. There was a surprising amount of admin stuff for an internship, like expense reporting, and while the experience was good I'm still sort of surprised interns were in charge of so much. It is a tiny office though. The best part is meeting the analysts from the field when they come to visit. For the most part they're very interesting. You'll make good connections, too.

    Cons

    When I worked there, there was a much larger stipend for interns than there is now, so that's a shame for new interns.

    Advice to Management

    Bring your interns out to meetings and around DC with you a bit more.


  5. "analyst"

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

    Pros

    field experience In conflict countries

    Cons

    lack of prospect for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    staff development is important


  6. "Poor Leadership"

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

    I have been working at International Crisis Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning experience; contributing to meaningful work

    Cons

    Leadership is resistant to change, lack of teamwork, low pay, poor organizational strategy


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Dedicated staff but organization seems to be at odds with itself"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at International Crisis Group full-time

    Pros

    Good mission, strong departmental group cohesion at staffer-level, very good benefits package. Ability to develop a broad range of skills and manage many diverse responsibilities

    Cons

    support departments are understaffed and under resourced. Management is disconnected from the needs of the organization beyond report writing. Too much siloing breeds us against them tribe mentality. Pay on the low end of average.

    Advice to Management

    pay better attention to what your staff needs to get their jobs done. cultivate a better work/life balance to reduce turnover. make all departments feel appreciated and essential to the mission

  8. Helpful (5)

    "What used to be a great organisation is on a steep decline due to management dysfunction and poor morale."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Crisis Group full-time

    Pros

    Staff in the field are allowed more independence, creativity and probably also media exposure than one would be in a comparable organisation. Professional growth is possible if one can ignore headquarters (difficult to do).

    Cons

    Management is extremely poor with the organisation arguably having become entirely dysfunctional over the last two years. Many of the best staff have left. Others are planning their departures. Low morale has been an increasingly serious problem during the last year in particular. In 2013 the organisation had a budget crisis that was very badly handled -- with no transparency and very little staff participation. Managers had almost no say in who from their own teams would be dismissed. The disconnect between headquarters and the field -- an understandable characteristic of any field-based organisation -- is pushed to the extreme in the case of ICG. Anyone considering applying for a position there should first speak with 2-3 current staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be entirely rethought; it would likely take new management to actually save the organisation.


  9. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at International Crisis Group full-time

    Pros

    Great experience to add to your life

    Cons

    Not well paid, too much segregation

    Advice to Management

    Less hierarchy, more equality


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent non-profit/think tank"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Crisis Group full-time

    Pros

    This is the best place I've ever worked in. Very recommendable, you'll learn a lot and make excellent connections. Very knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere at work. Highly interesting subject.

    Cons

    The most junior staff doesn't have great salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the interns!


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