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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Reviews

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  1. "Past Employent"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great organization to work for!

    Cons

    Hiring of incompetent support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent staff. The management staff was GREAT it's the support staff they hired were lazy and incompetent.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2017-08-30
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Enter at your own risk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Mission is important in a troubled world

    Cons

    Highly ineffective and disengaged Board of Directors have permitted havoc to reign and staff to be abused for far too long. The former CEO was thankfully fired. The interim CEO is a narcissistic personality type who knew nothing about resettlement work but was nonetheless hired at an exorbitant salary to hire other consultants to do the work he could not. Many more good people left LIRS, some because the interim forced...

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    Advice to Management

    Why bother? They would just put it down to people being complainers.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2019-02-21
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Good mission to welcome new Americans to life in the United States Smart, dedicated colleagues

    Cons

    Limited business model can stress the organization Little opportunity for career development

    Advice to Management

    Diversify funding sources to complement a new business plan

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2019-01-25
  4. "An Org in Flux"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Amazing staff and mission. The way the organization can shift to respond to emerging needs is awesome.

    Cons

    The organization is in lots of flux. Leadership can seem reactive rather than making decisions based on long-term goals.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2018-10-28
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time

    Pros

    Good staff. Dedicated and hard working rank and file.

    Cons

    The previous CEO and Executive Leadership Team was horrible and lacked integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Make Kay the permanent CEO

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2018-03-22
  6. Helpful (6)

    "A non-profit gone bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    You'll meet and work with some dedicated, caring, conscientious colleagues. People are friendly and talkative, like to get lunch or drinks, and are often friends outside the office. There are often fun events for staff to attend. The mission of serving and advocating with migrants and refugees is a powerful motivator and you can see how your work makes an impact on people's lives.

    Cons

    Unfortunately all the fantastic pros of LIRS are heavily outweighed by cons. The president/CEO has seriously damaged the organization, particularly by hiring upper and middle management who contribute to the dysfunction she creates. CEO remains aloof from staff, but goes through management to micromanage even entry level staff at times. The culture leans toward favoritism and new ideas are shot down to the point that...

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    Advice to Management

    The Board should clean up the organization by replacing most if not all the C-suite leadership, perhaps bringing back some valuable staff who were driven off. In the future, the Board should have much more regular contact with staff below the CEO and other leadership team members - talk to the assistants and coordinators who see what's really going on and aren't invested in putting on a front.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2017-11-28
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to make friends"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and make friends. Smart hard working co-workers committed to the mission. Perfect fit for a former Americorps, Peace Corps, or Lutheran Volunteer Corps member. Great place to learn!

    Cons

    Problems with the leadership adapting to current White House policies.

    Advice to Management

    Please be proactive.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2017-11-01
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good luck LIRS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

    Pros

    Great co workers lot of fun hard working individuals. Great Pay/ Benefits

    Cons

    Leadership Team is a joke!

    Advice to Management

    Please don't drive employees away with your inconsistency.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2017-10-13
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Meaningful work, difficult work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time

    Pros

    I loved the team of co-workers that I was a part of. The work was interesting and frequently changing so never lacked for new challenges and learning opportunities. The compensation and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The workplace is often stifling and frustrating. Upper management seems entirely unconnected to the rest of the staff and decisions affecting the entire agency and partner agencies frequently appear to be made in a vacuum. Changes in scope of work don't tend to take into account what will be best for the partner agencies (front line staff) and therefore the immigrants and refugees we are supposed to be serving. Additionally,...

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    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2017-10-03
  10. "Federal investigation needed immediately"

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    Current Employee - Program Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Organization helps refugees and has a very noble mission. Hardworking, committed staff, incredible coalition and network of former refugees and migrants.

    Cons

    The previous reviews have mentioned the various issues but the reality is that this organization is so poorly managed that it has become a toxic, ineffective and disrespected national organization.

    Advice to Management

    Entire leadership team needs to go. No exceptions. Bring back faith based practices.

    Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service2017-10-21
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