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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated July 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work environment and coworkers" (in 38 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is practically non-existent" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Low paying- non profit as you'd expect" (in 19 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. "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

  3. "An education in power and politics"

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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 Rescue Committee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    What I say below applies to the New York office.

    Cons

    This is a hard place for competent and ethical people to succeed in or be happy in. You will see a lot of waste, negligence and abuse. If you are a hard worker and have even basic knowledge/competence for your job, you will end up picking up a huge amount of slack without being rewarded or recognized. You will eventually lose patience over the lack of forward motion and progress on basic organizational improvements, much of which is very simply due to mismanagement and incompetence of decision makers. I personally know at least 5 people from the New York office who left the IRC with serious emotional, mental and physical health/exhaustion issues caused by working at the IRC due to highly unprofessional treatment by managers. I directly witnessed employees who are *former refugees served by the IRC and/or people of color* treated poorly and denied professional growth opportunies after many years of employment, at the hand of people who lack the appropriate cultural awareness and mission-aligned values to be working at the IRC at all, but somehow hold positions of power in the New York office.

    Advice to Management

    I feel sorry for the next leadership team that will come in. They will have a lot of clean up work to do given all the mismanagement and sweeping under the rug of issues by current leadership. The IRC will need strong operational managers with legitimate prior experience and track record of success in large NGOs to turn this ship around.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "C. Mob"

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    Current Employee - Community Mobilizer in Lebanon, TN
    Current Employee - Community Mobilizer in Lebanon, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Integrity , respect and responsibility

    Cons

    they do not offer promotions for their employers

    Advice to Management

    to focus more on improving capacity building for their employers to progress


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great organization"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission. The approach. The absolute commitment to always improve.

    Cons

    Long hours. Work-life balance is practically non-existent. Bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Need to temper expectations of exempt staff members. No work-life balance burns people out fast. Ultimately, it's not efficient or effective.


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    "Bad environment at HQ, culture problem"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some talented, dedicated people working in HQ across a variety of departments and functions. Sadly they do not stay long. High quality field staff.

    Cons

    Immature and unprofessional senior leadership in HQ who lack integrity and appropriate professional experience to be effective. Some seem oblivious to their role in creating a bad environment for staff, some seem to be doing it intentionally, both are unacceptable. Talent retention issues in HQ. Dysfunctional power dynamics in HQ departments. Thinly veiled classism and unfairness to others is common. Bullying and mistreatment of staff startlingly frequent especially across working relationships with large power differentials. Blaming and scapegoating of others is the norm, unrealistic expectations are frustrating and set staff up for failure. Oh wait, none of this is about the work or the mission. That’s my point.

    Advice to Management

    To the board: take a more critical look at senior staff in HQ. Do you notice a pattern in which projects and departments frequently hit roadblocks or fail to deliver? Areas where talented staff voluntarily quit? Can you do something to create more accountability for senior staff who are pushing blame and responsibility downward on IRC’s hardworking, talented staff?


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Great work, full of purpose, highly motivated organization

    Cons

    Lack of accountability for staff and supervisors. When MAJOR ethical issues arose, there was no follow up or reprocussions, allowing behaviors to continue.

  8. "IRC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    The message this NGO works towards is a wonderful one and the people working there are genuinely trying to make a change which is refreshing and inspiring.

    Cons

    The job does have some rigidity and the amount of change that can be done is limited by external factors that may interfere with a lot of ideas and implementations.

    Advice to Management

    Hire based on enthusiasm and not on need.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best comany to be with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good because it's a non profit organization. If you know how to play politics you can sit there forever even with no knowledge for your job.

    Cons

    The formal goal of the company is to help people all around the world but they don't care even about their own employees. It's a non human treatment! In fact even on the meetings they called us a resource (not by name or title). Pretty rude management and a lot of ignorant people sitting there for years because of the benefits. I have found it's pretty hard to work in this non human environment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop call your employees "RESOURCE" and recognize a human person with a name and a title out of respect if you don't know what does it mean to be a human. Organization should match the formal goal. Otherwise it's disgusting.


  10. "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


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