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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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International Rescue Committee President and CEO David Miliband
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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. "Good place to intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - ESL Program in Miami, FL
    Former Intern - ESL Program in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very extensive program lots of responsibilities

    Cons

    Disorganized and not always clear what role was

    Advice to Management

    revamp internship program


  2. "Motivating but difficult work with low compensation and poor development opportunities"

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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

    The mission and work of the organization/employees is deeply inspiring and results in a passionate group of like minded colleagues working to support clients. The organization has a strong presence in the field and is well respected. Great medical insurance benefits.

    Cons

    The passion and drive to help others that often leads individuals to work at IRC is often undermined and at times abused by the work environment. Little training is provided, stressful situations abound with low support and resources, coupled with low pay and little development opportunities often leads to either staff burning out and leaving early - large amounts of turnaround - or check-out with staff doing bare minimum to get by. Little transparency among admin and HR. HQ provides some online development options but management are rare to provide actual time/support to staff wanting to take part. Difficult work-life balance as internal expectation is that you will continually go above and beyond your role.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff through higher wages and tangible development opportunities to lower turnover and lead to greater program stability.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, bad office culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission, everyone works really hard there and believes in the work

    Cons

    Nobody spoke to one another; everyone just chatted online. The office was really quiet and not too fun to go to.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with employees


  4. "Interesting Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at International Rescue Committee part-time

    Pros

    Got to get an idea of what it is like to work as an intake specialist with incoming refugees.

    Cons

    Supervisor did not seem to care much about the work that I was doing.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more structured internship program.


  5. "Stress"

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    Current Employee - Caseworker in Elizabeth, NJ
    Current Employee - Caseworker in Elizabeth, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Empowering work that deserves more recognition than there is now

    Cons

    stressful, systems are corrupt, not always the best client to worker environment

    Advice to Management

    listen to all workers, and give opportunities to grow


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very dedicated and passionate people. Incredible field staff.

    Cons

    Huge expectations of staff in relation to workload. Tend to miss external opportunities related to funding and other partnerships because of majority of time being spent on internal changes and operational priorities. These are needed but they have tended to absorb most of creative time over the last couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk of work life balance. Upper staff needs to get to know the broader staff teams and truly understand their work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated and very capable staff
    Great Mission Statement

    Cons

    Low salaries, lack of advancement

  8. "Learned Quite a Bit"

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    Former Intern - Refugee Resettlement Intern in Sacramento, CA
    Former Intern - Refugee Resettlement Intern in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as an intern

    Pros

    Very hands on, a lot of direct experience with refugees/clients

    Cons

    General disorganization, high turn-over rate


  9. "Read the signs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time/location (work from home)

    Cons

    Employees are expected to be available around the clock and more than the designated 37.5 hours a week. Employees are over worked and undervalued. There is little to no room for growth. High turn around.


  10. "Casewoker"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at International Rescue Committee as a contractor

    Pros

    The job is very rewarding

    Cons

    Like any other nonprofit job that depends on donations, you are constantly worried about losing your job

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to prevent turnover of employees


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