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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated October 3, 2018
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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
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Pros
  • "Great work environment and coworkers" (in 40 reviews)

  • "My supervisors were excellent leaders and I learned a lot from them" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low paying- non profit as you'd expect" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Entry-level positions have been replaced by unpaid internships and AmeriCorps service years, making for high turnover and underpaid workers" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great company to work in and very rewarding work!

    Cons

    Would be hard do do some of the work if you do not have a car.


  2. "Great Work, High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Great, fulfilling work. Fun, caring, supportive coworkers. Some supportive management. Pretty good vacation, medical benefits, and sick leave.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid, high turnover rate, layoffs due to funding ending, inexperienced and unprofessional management in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Take and provide training.

  3. "Mission based and positive environment"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Healthy working environment at HQ
    Flexible work schedule
    Mission driven
    Open to consistent improvement

    Cons

    Low salaries
    Gap between entry level and technical roles

    Advice to Management

    Invest in potential career ladder employees


  4. "Great organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Great organization, good benefits, fulfilling work.

    Cons

    Professional development has been a weak point but is something that the organization is actively developing and placed as priority in the last 18 months.


  5. "Hierarchical but great direct service opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clients and meaningful work
    Fun staff initiatives and atmosphere

    Cons

    Management makes decisions behind closed doors
    Staff input rarely asked for
    Staff made to feel like a lower class
    Bad coordination between departments at times

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk and actually democratize the workplace
    Pass the mic and let others speak


  6. "Health Incurance"

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    Former Employee - IM Officer in Jordan, AR
    Former Employee - IM Officer in Jordan, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are providing a very good health insurance for the employees

    Cons

    short contracts, sometimes 1 month

    Advice to Management

    Try to change the policy of the contract as per your vision and messages from the donors


  7. "Employment Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Employment Specialist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Employment Specialist in Oakland, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Mission and great benefits

    Cons

    Employees are stretched too thins

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Great mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, friendly environment, amazing mission

    Cons

    No money, disorganized, questionable management choices.

    Advice to Management

    By listening and using internal talent wisely, operations will be smoother and less costly.


  9. "The people make the IRC what it is"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps VISTA in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff at the IRC is diverse and brings to the table so many different perspectives and experiences. Everyone is passionate about social justice and advocating for the rights of refugees. The work is challenging and there is a lot of it. IRC hires many former interns and volunteers.

    Cons

    Your experience depends on your supervisor and team (some supervisors are better/more attentive than others). As an intern or AmeriCorps, you have to fight to have your voice heard. The political climate makes the work extremely difficult to complete due to severe restrictions in staffing and funding. The refugee resettlement field in general is under attack and it impacts morale of the staff. Little or no work life balance - you are often required to work outside the typical 9-5 schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be reactionary. Use foresight to strategize ways to fund programs before they are cut.


  10. "Love working at the IRC"

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

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, fair pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Many systems haven't caught up to the organization's size and require ongoing funding and work


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