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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  • Like any non-profit they tended to be short on funding (in 16 reviews)

  • High turnover which effects the office moral and workflow (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Stay in your box"

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    Current Employee - Development Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Development Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work that is important, even if that's not felt on a daily basis. Wide exposure to how a large NGO functions. Well meaning and diligent colleagues. Increasingly high profile.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, and each level of leadership from unit level to department to overarching department associate directors/directors/vice presidents seem incapable of accepting responsibility for their part in creating a negative environment, and then actively taking the reigns to make big culture changes. Little room for professional development. The ideal employee is someone who cranks out work for their boss with little eye towards the future. People are only promoted or given opportunity once they threaten to leave or their dissatisfaction is obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Don't commiserate with your staff, lead and make things better so that people can develop professionally.


  2. "Don't let yourself get run over."

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    Former Intern - Resettlement Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Resettlement Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Gives useful insight if this is the field you are looking to go into specifically.
    -Independence

    Cons

    -Job is quite demanding. Be prepared to do what a caseworker is doing without any compensation.
    -Both your boss and the clients will ask much more of you than you are likely willing to give. Stay firm on your boundaries.
    -Staff is overworked, corners are cut quite often and unfortunately, illegal things have occurred on more than one occasion.
    -You won't learn much here other than how to fill out certain forms and be in a casual office environment.

    Advice to Management

    -Pay your interns at least minimum wage. An internship should only be free if there's something the intern is learning from it that's worth money. There should be a difference between interns and volunteers and there honestly isn't. In fact, interns have to pay for their background checks.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good mission, not great peopl"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people
    Good hours
    It is a great place to work on something you care about deeply. Good mission.

    Cons

    People not that committed because of low pay. Donors can be pushy and shape program their way

    Advice to Management

    Not much. Keep being great.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Experience Varies by Department"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Former Intern - Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It felt like meaningful work and I greatly enjoyed interacting with the clients. There was always something new to be learned from each case. Some departments seemed very efficient and organized.

    Cons

    The way my department was run was so dysfunctional and unorganized that it negatively impacted my overall experience with the IRC. There was so much miscommunication, lack of direction, and total confusion between management and the interns/grad students that a million things fell through the cracks. The level of assistance clients received was negatively affected by this and at the end of the day I don't feel I learned much at all. The whole thing just felt like trying to salvage a sinking ship without a captain in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Give your interns the tools they need to succeed by teaching them how to do the job required, and setting realistic expectations.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good internship for credits. However, I did not learn much about finance. It was more administrative

    Cons

    No salary for interns. Which does not really helps. However, they let you know on the job description


  6. Helpful (2)

    "IRC intern Atlanta"

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    Former Employee - Internship in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Internship in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a diverse workforce and learn about other cultures

    Cons

    Poor management, no opportunity to grow and low employee retention

    Advice to Management

    hire the right people for the right position


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a good company to work for....."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Working alongside individuals who put their heart and soul into their work. Meaningful work that makes a difference. Great fringe benefits. Providing direct service and the client interactions.

    Cons

    Managers and supervisors were never trained on how to manage employees and provide support when needed. Management also does not know how to handle difficult and uncomfortable situations, which adds to employees' dissatisfaction and low morale. No accountability for both management and employees, due to friendship and nepotism. Little room for growth, which is largely dependent on funding. The organization's stated culture and value is a false and inaccurate portrayal.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great potential if staff are valued and mission the main goal!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great programming and some amazing people working at IRC.

    Cons

    Staff is undervalued and overworked. Losing sight of the mission and beneficiaries.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great team but crippled by bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great clients and co-workers, meaningful work, fun team, good place to gain a lot of experience in different areas.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't look out for interests of majority of employees, very low salaries, lack of training, bureaucracy,very limited room for growth (but depends on office)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quite flexible on hours, Solid/Strong upper management

    Cons

    Poor mobility, lack of discussion between departments, lack of training


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