International Rescue Committee Reviews | Glassdoor

International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
247 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

247 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Small offices provide for intimate work environment (in 27 reviews)

  • and you will also get hands-on experience working with refugees and understanding the resettlement system (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Like any non-profit they tended to be short on funding (in 17 reviews)

  • Entry-level positions have been replaced by unpaid internships and AmeriCorps service years, making for high turnover and underpaid workers (in 16 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Stress"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "White Elites"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work that they do and the population that they reach.

    Cons

    IF you white then you will be accepted ( this is from leadership down). Segregation is easily display, which is bothersome considering the minorities that they vow to help.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to learn how to MANAGE! They need to learn and accept failures and work their best to fix it, instead for playing the blaming game. They need to STOP the favoritism and reward for achievement instead of friendships. Also ensuring that mangers are trained, refresher course in "how to manage"

  3. "A great place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    A great mission
    Very dedicated and hard working colleagues
    IRC does great work around the World for people in need. A truly great organization. Support it if you can.

    Cons

    Due to the very nature of the work involved, a large portion of work is dedicated to chasing grant money. Unavoidable I suppose.


  4. "Peer Mentor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very kind staff, feels like you are actually making a difference and helps you build team work skills as well as communication skills.

    Cons

    You obviously do not get paid which is not ideal. This is for some one who does not mind working all day with children


  5. "Good mission, tough place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Excellent mission and brilliant colleagues dedicated to the cause.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and procedural transitions, unclear communication. Impossible to meet standards when there is no direction or resources.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites with your staff.


  6. "Income Tax Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a good experience which you can put on your resume. you can also get fun by meeting different people who came from different countries.

    Cons

    it is too far away from my living place. they hired more volunteer than they really needed.

    Advice to Management

    everything is good. there is no advice for them. working with them is a good experience for me. thanks lot


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Advisor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Micro Enterprise Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very close opportunities to get in touch with refugee clients, the collaboration between different departments within the office is close. Also the senior managers will give the interns opportunities to participate in the meeting and learn.

    Cons

    The office especially the digital platforms are outdated or inefficient due to lacking fundings. Files are mostly in paper stacks so adding the time for going through the documents.

    Advice to Management

    Should improve the digital platform collaboration and the document management systems. Also IRC should improve the salary to keep the good motivation, it only pays like 60% to a similar position in other nonprofits.


  9. "Positive and Tangible Differences Made"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Refugee Resettlement Intern
    Former Employee - Refugee Resettlement Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at International Rescue Committee part-time

    Pros

    You really get to make a difference at this organization. There is a wealth of opportunity to be independent and take initiative.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt rather disorganized due to a few case workers. Some were extremely well organized and effective, others not so much, and there didn't seem to be an appropriate system to gauge this.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from Interns on the Case Workers and systems.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


Showing 247 of 397 reviews
Reset Filters