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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • Like any non-profit they tended to be short on funding (in 15 reviews)

  • High turnover which effects the office moral and workflow (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, team-oriented environment working with amazing people from all over the world. Very rewarding, fulfilling work. Challenging, dynamic, different things to do every day, lots of moving parts and opportunities to be creative and try new things. Try to focus on best practices. Good benefits including paid parental leave, retirement, health, dental, etc plus personal days and floating holidays.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to advance. The pay is a little low. Stress can be high and sometimes it can be hard to find interpreters and communicate effectively. A lot of bureaucracy working with HQ- takes a lot of time to vet grants and other proposals. IT is offsite, which can be challenging sometimes. Lots of paperwork, casefiles and databases.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees so they can stick around longer. Lasting, consistent relationships are key to success in working with people as vulnerable as refugees.


  2. "Community Interpreter/Community Cultural Liaison"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with, positive environment

    Cons

    nonpaying job,(interpreter jobs are volunteer positions)


  3. "Large INGO"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, great mission, highly strategic environment.

    Cons

    So big it can feel bureaucratic. Departments can feel a bit disconnected.


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  5. "Employment Specialist"

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

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Get an opportunity to assist Refugees with becoming self-sufficient.

    Cons

    Large amounts of reporting and paperwork


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The Decline of IRC"

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

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    You will meet the smartest and eloquent staff and leaders in the forefront of refugee resettlement and conflict resolution. The field staff are very committed and their passion is unquestionable. Even just talking to them gives you a certain kind of awe. You will have a humbling experience interacting with them as you learn about the lengths that they go to deliver aide and other resources to the most vulnerable people in the world.

    Cons

    While you will meet the most competent and passionate people especially field staff, you will also encounter the ugly face of corporate America - its greed, selfishness, and uncaring face in the IRC headquarters. It is really quite ironic being that it is a charitable organization that's supposed to show compassion and care. Now more than ever, because of the dire political climate imposed by the Trump administration, IRC leadership should have taken more action in saving the organization especially the lowest paid employees. Instead, they are ready to downsize almost without care, even if the senior officers all make 6 digit salary. If you look at the IRC's financial records, open to the public via the website and IRS or even Wikipedia, you will know that the CEO makes $600k - that's more than the salary of the US President. This alone, makes me so shameful and frustrated with the organization. There is always talks of budget cuts and it is quite tangible, but it never seemed to be an option for management to take a budget cut themselves for the good of the company. I think that's why IRC is on the decline because while it is still a prestigious organization, its resources are not efficiently allocated. There are more consultants hired than lower to mid-entry staff who "actually does the work", the very limited training funds are mostly allocated for the management (so bizarre - train the leaders but no program for staff), perhaps only 5% is allocated to staff. regretfully, there is no career growth in IRC unless you start in a senior position. Silo mentality is also a huge problem. There is no synergy between departments and is almost always fighting for resources instead of coming up with a joint resolution. Leaders only listen to other leaders, undermining the confidence and competence of staff. Currently, 1 or 2 people quit every month in the HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Now is the time to show that leadership does care about staff's growth and financial security (the very least). I wish they would show more compassion and just take a good look at themselves in the mirror - they earn so much and yet almost every month someone is getting laid off because of budget cuts. Rethink the hiring of consultants to "train" leadership. Is there so much of a need for expensive consultants to train already ego-bloated set of leaders (and they are already at the peak of their careers, are you training them to all be CEO's one day?). There also needs to be a lifestyle and privilege check because frankly the organization is rotting away from inside out. Finally, there needs to be a culture change in HQ because the attitudes of HQ staff is light years away from the field staff. Very few people are passion-driven and are only in it for the prestige of IRC. I am not sure if it's just because HQ is in New York or if it's something else but definitely something has to change.


  7. "Employment Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding work, great people, diversity

    Cons

    Lack of growth, mismanagement of funds, overworked


  8. "IRC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Strong mission, travel opportunities, motivated and smart colleagues

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, poor technological resources


  9. "Employment Specialist"

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

    Pros

    The clients are amazing people.

    Cons

    Lack of funding for refugees and lack of higher education opportunities for refugees.


  10. "A lot of potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mission-driven colleagues, meaningful work, solid benefits

    Cons

    Limited room for mobility, poor staff development, difficult HQ/field relations, inadequate tech infrastructure


  11. Helpful (2)

    "For those who care"

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

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

    Pros

    Passionate staff who give it their all to help others.

    Cons

    Young staff, often fresh out of college. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff salaries so that you can get more skilled staff, and staff that stay longer and better understand the system that refugees need to be navigated.



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