International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2020

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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
David Miliband
186 Ratings
Pros
  • "rewarding work and wonderful work environment(in 44 reviews)

  • "International humanitarian organization with multi-culture environment(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Non profit salary that does not compensate for the work(in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good org all things considered, biggest feedback hire more refugees and immigrants"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Worker in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent and talented co-workers, excellent benefits (1.6 days of vacation per paycheck starting off, 403b full match up to 3%, partial up to 6% +medical, dental, vision), accesible and knowledgable HQ support team and technical advisors, clear organizational principles and strategy. Very strict about working 8:30-5pm and kick you out of the office (however still expect you to meet all job responsibilities and outcomes).

    Cons

    Being an organization that works primarily with immigrants and diverse populations, leadership locally and within U.S. is majority caucasian and non-immigrant, which influences organizational culture and approach to aid. Very high workload, low pay (nonprofit pay). Grants and outcomes at times unrealistic for providing quality service. Lack of cooperation/communication between departments.

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  2. "Overall Great Place to Work (If you can afford it)"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Economic Empowerment Coordinator in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great organization, filled with smart and passionate people.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low, everyone working here is well below poverty line and tends to burn out fast. The best people never stay.

  3. "You will be disappointed and likely won't stay for longer than a few years at the most"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Job Placement AmeriCorps 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    most staff really care about the work they do

    Cons

    you will go unappreciated, feeling taken advantage of. the system is very bureaucratic and hierarchical, and my experience with management/supervisors in two different offices were terrible

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  4. "Intern"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Intern 

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    I really like working there.

    Cons

    No stipends? It would be a great incentive to motivate people

  5. "Scamming Non-profit"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cultural Orientation Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The clients and refugees you work with are the highlight of this organization. The colleagues are diverse and everyone is amiable with a laser focus on helping clients.

    Cons

    IRC is definitely predatory in how they hire. It’s never about the qualifications but if they can get employees for “cheap”. They underpay new grads and their old clients for critical jobs by at least 50 percent. After exploiting your labor for cheap, they will chalk it up to being a “non-profit” and will use your good intentions of helping people to keep the illusion that they are paying you a fair and liveable wage.

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  6. "Great mission"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Humanitarian work by a very large diverse set of folks around the globe make those in the NY HQ office feel they are part of and contributing to a great mission.

    Cons

    Disconnected HQ. Operations and decisions made in the NY HQ office often do not reflect the realities of what the field offices need. Management is often less than transparent

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  7. "Lost its way"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great mission, beneficiaries. Innovative international approaches. Exceptional field staff, and other beneficiary-facing people. Those who commit their lives to service in the field with IRC are heroes. It is widely held appreciation by HQ which is good, and it is an honor to work with them. Wonderful history and potential if there is an effort toward change.

    Cons

    Leadership is good in some places, especially programs, but where it is bad there is spending unbefitting of a non-profit. Rely on expensive business management consultants instead of hiring desperately needed staff. Nepotism in London and NY, people from the CEO's political days in senior positions, disconnected from teams and unreliable and unaccountable in their leadership. Impacts staff in negative ways but CEO made unaware of it. Frequently temper the right advocacy mindset in order to accept checks from individuals or entities with questionable track records on human rights and democratic principles. Very little room for professional growth, must do better on diversity. Eurocentric.

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  8. "Great work done, employees suffer."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing work done for clients around the world.

    Cons

    So much work to be done, very little support for the amount of work needed.

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  9. "Great INGO"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Advisor 

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Mission-driven organization doing some amazing work in some of the world’s most difficult places. Smart, dedicated people, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Large organization with many offices/ layers

  10. "Great Mission and Teams, Poor Upper Leadership"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mission, front line staff, client driven

    Cons

    Leadership, equity of pay, elitism

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