International Rescue Committee Reviews | Glassdoor

International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
253 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

253 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)

  • Work environment and culture does not support a healthy work life balance (in 9 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. "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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very negative environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many pros.... i had a horrible experience....

    Cons

    This place is a case study in how NOT to manage people. Management has created and promoted an environment of blame. Management is ineffective at planning and communicating. Management micromanages. Management has double standards. The list goes on.... Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    The best place for management to start improving is in training. Management needs basic training in proper management techniques, planning, and communicating. Executives MUST hold themselves and other managers to basic standards of professionalism and decency. If the managers that are there can't meet these basic standards, they should be demoted or terminated. Simple as that.

  8. "Fundraising and Development Manager"

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

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate, driven and dedicated to working for a cause. Great open door policy with Supervisors. The organization takes the "IRC Way" very seriously.

    Cons

    Salaries are low for US programs field staff.


  9. "Read the signs"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    "Rescue Committee"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Organizer in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Field Organizer in Tallahassee, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The greatest feeling when you work somewhere knowing that your work is affecting people lives on a daily base

    Cons

    Hours are not very flexable


Showing 253 of 410 reviews
Reset Filters