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International Rescue Committee Reviews

Updated March 16, 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 (6)

    "Great NGO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. They serve actual people who are at their most vulnerable. That right there is a huge motivator.
    2. They have a huge devotion - both in practice and financially - to home-grown technical solutions to solve their business problems.
    3. People are helpful and express gratitude when you help them. I sat with an IT team and, unlike at many places, our expertise was visibly appreciated.

    Cons

    Despite their deference to technology, it's very decentralized - understandably - and there are tons of redundancies, especially around program data collection. A lot of folks didn't really seem to grasp how much of a blocker a lack of standardization was on the progress on some of the very ambitious projects they wanted to accomplish.

    Additionally, despite an adherence to Agile software development methodology, they play fast and loose with deadlines for release, as there are often times too many cooks in the kitchen and requirements would sneak their way into the mix way after development started (I experienced major functionality requirements coming in during the LAST WEEK of development for my project).

    Advice to Management

    Developing standardized processes for data collection, despite the numerous nuances between country programs, would go a long way in helping you develop these products.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good mission, not great peopl"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  3. "Good Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping refugees is a very rewarding job.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, and requires attention to details


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great work, stressful environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Work is overall rewarding.
    Passionate and dedicated colleagues.
    Excellent benefits.
    Pay is better than other resettlement agencies in the area.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement.
    No work-life balance.
    Incredibly stressful work environment. It feels like you're putting out fires half the time with pressure to take on additional responsibilities the longer your stay.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment, but high stress & low pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere - young, supportive and highly motivated staff
    Benefits - 26 sick days, 2 floating holidays, 10 vacation days

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, nonexistent professional development or management support, high turnover


  7. "International Rescue Committee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Great ideals and great clients.

    Cons

    Hard to move up and difficult political climate.


  8. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated, smart, and capable staff carrying out vital programming and pushing the humanitarian sector in a positive direction

    Cons

    Organization as a whole has a hard time making decisions and sticking to them


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Internship with Inspiring Coworkers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The combination of hands-on work with refugee clients and the fascinating group of coworkers made this an exciting, diverse internship.

    Cons

    The IRC relies heavily upon unpaid interns as a result of being largely under-funded, which leads to some awkward encounters. For instance, when interns were the ones to notify staff members of overdue tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the interns more and improve corporate transparency.


  10. "Life changing experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Case Manager Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Case Manager Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    This was an incredible opportunity to learn about the refugee experience at organization that practices compassion.

    Cons

    I honestly felt there were no cons with doing an internship with this organization.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at International Rescue Committee full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful mission. Highly intelligent, passionate and dedicated staff. More than 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to helping refugees.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and old-fashioned systems makes it difficult to move quickly. However there is a commitment from senior management to update systems for more rapid response.



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