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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated April 14, 2018
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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
David Miliband
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Pros
  • Great work environment and coworkers (in 37 reviews)

  • My supervisors were excellent leaders and I learned a lot from them (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Low paying- non profit as you'd expect (in 18 reviews)

  • Work environment and culture does not support a healthy work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great organization"

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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

    Incredible mission, committed staff, highly recommend

    Cons

    No real cons; great staff and organization


  2. ""The Place to Be""

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    Current Employee - Caseworker
    Current Employee - Caseworker

    Pros

    Great work environment and coworkers.

    Cons

    Knowing another language is important.

  3. "Caseworker assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee part-time

    Pros

    organization does great things. great programs to involve yourself with.

    Cons

    lack of resources. no training provided. wear a lot of hats. being an assistant can just be doing somebody's lazy work.

    Advice to Management

    just because somebody is a caseworker assistant doesn't mean they're not apart of staff, please do not treat them any less then someone who might be a full-time caseworker. we contribute a lot to your organization and it is not fair to not get treated the same. this means--not being involved with certain activities, meetings, etc.


  4. "Great place to work!"

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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

    Pros

    - Impact you have on client's lives
    - meeting people from all over the world
    - Ability to gain an in-depth understanding of the resettlement process

    Cons

    - sometimes longer hours need to be put in on more difficult cases
    - not every office at the IRC has the same office culture. Some focus more on staff wellness than others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Remember to praise caseworkers :)


  5. "Amazing colleagues, mission, and clients"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Invest in employee training
    I learned a lot
    Great Minds
    The staff has an amazing work ethics

    Cons

    The wage is too low.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay staff on leaving wage.


  6. "Caseworker"

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

    Pros

    Amazing diversity. Tons of amazing people and cultures to experience.

    Cons

    Current politics are reducing the amount of work that should be done.


  7. "Excellent Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hard working people for a good cause.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Food Security and Nutrition"

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    Former Employee - Food Security and Nutrition in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Food Security and Nutrition in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful being able to make a difference in the lives of others

    Cons

    Low paying- non profit as you'd expect
    No room for professional growth
    Stressful environment- hours vary


  9. Helpful (9)

    "IRC"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Large NGO with strong global presence.
    -Dedicated staff with many exceptional staff members, particularly field staff ("local" staff).
    - Great resettlement programs.
    - Great for getting your start in emergencies and getting exposure to multiple different contexts and countries.

    Cons

    - The IRC is quickly becoming a hollowed out brand.
    - Miliband has established an increasingly corporate culture that is driving bloated HQ staffing, at the expense of programs.
    - As others have noted, there are shockingly few people of color in the global offices or in leadership positions and no attention to diversity and inclusion.
    - Boys club culture still reigns, particularly at the field level and in some departments. Organizational blindness to sexual harassment.
    - Deep inequalities between staff - VPs and CEO in the top 1% income bracket, assistants in the lower 50%.
    - Often toxic work environment and hyper-competitive culture.

    Advice to Management

    - Shift focus back to the field and cut the heavy handed and overly directive initiatives drummed up by HQ "strategic thinkers" and imposed on country programs.
    - Address racial and gender inequalities (as well as pay inequalities) and create a clear, transparent pathway to advancement, particularly for field staff to occupy HQ leadership positions.
    - More funding and resources to programming (not expatriate salaries that often get classified as "programs" but actual programs). Commit to having a certain % of funding go directly to local partners.
    - Get rid of the boys club to make way for new, progressive thinkers from the Global South.


  10. "INtern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work environment and mission

    Cons

    I don't have any cons


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