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Mercy Corps Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2019

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3.8
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83%
Recommend to a Friend
94%
Approve of CEO
Neal L. Keny-Guyer
57 Ratings
Pros
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  • "Hard to maintain work-life balance(in 5 reviews)

  • "They basically substitute all entry level positions for unpaid internships(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "review of mercy corps"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mercy Corps full-time

    Pros

    there are lots of pros about working here and i found it to be a very stimulating and positive work environment with people changing the world

    Cons

    wish the pay were much better

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work!

    Mercy Corps2019-02-19

    Mercy Corps Response

    May 6, 2019Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thanks for the message!

  2. "A Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mercy Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dedicated team members, a chance to work with truly brilliant folks

    Cons

    Recruiting/HR practices lack transparency and can be super frustrating. Promotions can seem more on personal favor than merit.

    Mercy Corps2019-04-01

    Mercy Corps Response

    May 6, 2019Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Good to hear from you. We are always looking for ways to improve our processes and ensure ensure fair, equitable and competitive recruitment. Team members need to apply for roles within the organization. We are also working on our internal talent management to support internal growth ...

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  3. "Great organization if you work in social sciences field."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mercy Corps full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. knowledgeable people and management really cares about how resources are spent most effectively and efficiently.

    Cons

    Salaries are not so good. but it is a non-profit.

    Mercy Corps2018-11-28

    Mercy Corps Response

    December 3, 2018Talent Acquisition Advisor

    Thank you! Indeed in the non-profit sector the composition of salaries is different and we benchmark within the industry, not the position (as in we compare to other nonprofits more than to the private sector). What we do strive towards is a competitive package overall, a higher percentage ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "a shame so many excellent people are poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercy Corps full-time

    Pros

    Excellent, smart, driven, good people to work with. Worthy cause. Can choose worklife balance.

    Cons

    Poorly managed at the executive level

    Mercy Corps2018-08-16

    Mercy Corps Response

    August 28, 2018Talent Acquisition Advisor

    I really wish this platform were more of a dialogue between Mercy Corps and the individual making comments so we could learn more about your concerns of executive management. Our senior leaders are available to learn more and typically HR provides an exit interview or questionnaire ...

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  5. "Good mission-driven organization"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Mercy Corps full-time

      Pros

      Great, meaningful mission and dedicated staff

      Cons

      Managers should provide more opportunities for professional development

      Mercy Corps2018-04-09

      Mercy Corps Response

      April 30, 2018Talent Acquisition Advisor

      We certainly see career and professional development as important. Our role in HR is to train managers to have frank and open conversations with their teams about their professional goals and development objectives. We also encourage team members to take matters into their own hands ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      "Smart, caring culture, good hard work"

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        Current Employee - Senior Director RD Operations & Analytics in Portland, OR
        Recommends

        I have been working at Mercy Corps full-time for more than 10 years

        Pros

        Great people, excellent benefits (for a US company), excellent mission

        Cons

        Mercy Corps has challenges like any large (or small) organization, but it is a healthy sane and supportive place to do excellent work.

        Mercy Corps2018-03-13

        Mercy Corps Response

        April 30, 2018Talent Acquisition Advisor

        Thank you for the wonderful review!

      • Helpful (2)

        "Salaries need to catch up to workload"

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        Current Employee - Program Manager 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Mercy Corps full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Great mission, friendly culture, compelling work and passionate colleagues

        Cons

        Payscale hasn't caught up to living costs. Lack of transparency in how pay is calculated across agency. Hard to maintain work-life balance. Hard to grow and move up, given funding uncertainties

        Advice to Management

        Have a transparent pay scale. Cultivate more professional development opportunities and funding to retain and motivate key staff.

        Mercy Corps2018-03-08
      • "TSU"

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        Current Employee - Technical Advisor 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Mercy Corps full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Supportive, collaborative environment with dedicated colleagues

        Cons

        Male-dominated leadership that can sometimes be non-transparent

        Mercy Corps2018-03-02

        Mercy Corps Response

        March 12, 2018Talent Acquisition Advisor

        We appreciate your input here. At Mercy Corps we are undertaking numerous initiatives to support diversity at the highest levels. In fact, CEO, Neal Keny-Guyer just announced the up and coming Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative Assessment which seeks to bring our culture ...

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      • Helpful (3)

        "Great org, HR needs serious work on retention and people skills"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Mercy Corps full-time

        Pros

        Wonderful org with great mission, data-driven approach, measurable impact. Good benefits, good management although sometimes lack of structure and direction.

        Cons

        HR needs serious work. Retention of talented staff is not great, they try to lowball offers, some HR staff are great, others need people skills training especially when dealing with internal MC staff. HR will ignore internal recommendations for internal MC hires in favor of their personal favorites from candidate pools. Internal politics are sometimes painfully apparent to staff, which can impede progress.

        Advice to Management

        The HR system needs work--some of the individuals are fantastic while others clearly have motives that are not 100% in line with the organizational mission.

        Mercy Corps2018-02-21

        Mercy Corps Response

        March 12, 2018Talent Acquisition Advisor

        Thank you for your input and honesty regarding your feelings around HR. Sorry to hear you feel this way. Mercy Corps has been putting in place a number of new initiatives to address retention and professionalize the process. We now have a dedicated individual working on talent movement ...

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      • "Innovative International Development Organization"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Mercy Corps full-time

        Pros

        Energetic teams, innovative solutions, accessible executive leadership

        Cons

        Burn-out can be common from over-extended teams

        Advice to Management

        Sabbatical policy for 10 year managers to reinvigorate

        Mercy Corps2017-12-19

        Mercy Corps Response

        January 3, 2018Talent Acquisition Advisor

        Thank you for your comment and apologies for the slow reply. Focusing on Staff Care is increasingly important at Mercy Corps, specifically increasing education and awareness for managers and team members to help recognize the symptoms of burnout and promote health work-life balance. ...

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