International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated May 6, 2021

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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
David Miliband
247 Ratings
Pros
  • "Interning can make you feel useless but there is always a lot to do here and the work environment is very positive(in 50 reviews)

  • "Amazing place to serve humanity and highly recommended to join this humanitarian organization, which provide disaster relief(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Very high workload, low pay (nonprofit pay)(in 25 reviews)

  • "Unrealistic work load and high turnover(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing organization

      Nov 13, 2020 - Intern 
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      Pros

      Great communication, support, flexibility, creating new opportunities, teamwork, and working directly with clients.

      Cons

      Lack of full-time job opportunities

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great organizational mission--Workplace culture needs an overhaul in domestic programs

      Mar 9, 2021 - Coordinator in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      Great place to work if you really care about helping people to get started and grow as new arrivals to the U.S. At many points, it felt like family and lifelong friendships emerged. Great benefits if taken advantage (e.g. health insurance, family leave, access to counseling and wellness programs, pension).

      Cons

      High turnover. Overworked with little pay or appreciation. The site I was employed could have done a better job at handling the changes during the bleak downturn in arrivals as well as treating long-term employees more respectfully upon leave. Was not asked to do an employee exit interview, which is a shame and a missed opportunity for valuable feedback on improvement. Leaving the organization felt like the talent and efforts of many years placed into the community as an employee weren't appreciated and grossly undervalued. Hope that has/has been improved with the changing and recent tides.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Worth a Shot

      May 6, 2021 - Caseworker 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Big name - Great internal training opportunities - Good organizational cultural with a lot of collaboration

      Cons

      - Shockingly low compensation - Monitoring and regulation from HQ can be impractical - Can be hierarchical depend on your office

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Love it

      May 3, 2021 - Job Readiness Training in Tucson, AZ
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      Pros

      Great work environment! Everyone wants you to succeed

      Cons

      You'll never want to leave

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Decent place to work, but depends on your manager

      Mar 25, 2021 - Senior Data Analyst in New York, NY
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      Pros

      -Mission driven organization -Good time off / leave and benefits policies -Smart, dedicated coworkers -Improved communications over time -Improved technology over time (for example, working towards global ERP system)

      Cons

      -Opportunities for learning and advancement vary and depend heavily on your line manager -Internal budgeting between teams / units can vary widely -Operations and equipment processes are decentralized and inefficient -Organizational changes are cumbersome, decision making can be slow -Heavily bureaucratic and too much reliance on manual or paper-based systems

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fulfilling Work

      Apr 22, 2021 - Adult ESL Instructor in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Fulfilling work Working one on one with clients Great coworkers Opportunity to try new projects

      Cons

      The workload can get a bit overwhelming at times

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great and intellectual place

      May 5, 2021 - Senior Technical Advisor in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Mission driven , intelligent staff , open conversation

      Cons

      No access to senior management

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great people and mission

      Mar 5, 2021 - Director of DevOps in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Very good working environment and a company that is clearly trying to make the world a better place

      Cons

      Funding and staffing challenges due to lower salaries and a lack of organized investment into technology and technology professionals. Very fragmented approach to delivering technical solutions and a general lack of governance on how to do technology project. Often decisions are made in silos as a result of this lack of understanding that technology is part of every project.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Enjoyed Working at IRC

      Apr 9, 2021 - Caseworker 
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      Pros

      - Great place to work and help refugees - Having numerous professional development opportunities

      Cons

      - Better management is needed

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fulfilling place to work

      Mar 22, 2021 - Administrative Assistant in Charlottesville, VA
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      Pros

      As cliche as it sounds, it feels like you're making a real difference! Particularly because you get to see the people you're actually supporting.

      Cons

      Like with many NGOs, there are slow changes when it comes to innovating processes and introducing new ways of doing things.

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