Relief International Reviews | Glassdoor

Relief International Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
42 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Nancy Wilson
15 Ratings

42 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Great people, everyone is eager to learn and contribute to the mission (in 4 reviews)

  • What makes RI special are the people who work there (entry-level (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management in department was mainly out of touch, creating a strange dynamic when time called (in 3 reviews)

  • Issues of favoritism, lack of professionalism etc from country director (in 2 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Officer"

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

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    Lots of mobility, good opportunities within RI for professional development and career growth.

    Cons

    RI has witnessed rapid growth over the last several years so there have been normal 'growing pains' in terms of systems development, management, etc.


  2. "Turned Sour"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment. Was able to create experiences with reasonable allowances from management. Friendly co-workers. Liked my superior.

    Cons

    Turned into slave labor. Hours were being stretched and often turned into 10+ hr work days. Former CEO was the force behind the negative work environment. He never gave raises as promised, since he so happened to be the final decision maker behind everyone's salary. Senior management in department was mainly out of touch, creating a strange dynamic when time called.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the mission and serve the people before yourself.

    Relief International Response

    Jun 15, 2017

    Dear writer,

    We appreciate your comments regarding RI’s learning environment and we’re delighted that like many of our employees you had the opportunity to create positive work relationships... More

  3. "Bring Back Old Management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relief International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great mission.

    Cons

    New management team is out of touch with field.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back founder.


  4. "Very rewarding to work for this organization!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Relief International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good supervisor- a leader, empowering
    Good work life balance
    Very diverse and amazing staff

    Cons

    No cons from my experience


  5. Helpful (1)

    ""On right track but need a lot more professionalism & commitment from the leadership""

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Africa, MO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Africa, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Field staff quite committed. Emergency response is yielding results. Regionalization is a positive step. Centers of excellence is a positive step to increase focus & quality. Grant fund raising is on the rise.

    Cons

    Country leadership lacks accountability leading to nepotism & loss of resources. Human resources management needs serious improvement in accountability, fairness & transparency in recruitment & performance review. Finance system is weak in control & compliance. Management line specifically finance & staff are blurred & abused. Communication protocol often personalized. Funds is considered as only measure of success for country & regional offices. Operation procedures are often rigid & top down.

    Advice to Management

    Hold country & regional leaders through a transparent and two way performance based measurement beyond funds raised. Recruitment should be more transparent & must follow standard procedures. Finance systems & procedures to be made more dynamic to ensure compliance & accountability of resources. Improve critical & strategic thinking among leaders. Coordination between all the layers of management & implementation staff. Focus on teansparency in operations with an eye on efficiency & value for money.


  6. "Great Organization"

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

    Pros

    Great, passionate, qualified people with loads of expertise and professionalism

    Cons

    Split among an LA office, DC office, and London office


  7. "Egypt Country Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relief International not only has great Core Competencies but it sticks to them such as - not limited to - building a good Relationship/Network with local partners whether they are government or non-government organizations.
    RI also is very Cultural Sensitive when working in different contexts.
    RI invests in its staff and volunteers training and capacity building.
    RI has great systems in its HR, Program and Financial departments.

    Cons

    Could re-call negatives but I am sure there is always room for improvement

    Advice to Management

    Focus more in development and advocacy approach (for sustainability purpose) beside your great work on charity.
    USAID fund is important for you, focus on it.

  8. "Had a lot of promise but......"

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

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    The most dedicated humanitarian staff I have met in the field, trying to count every penny to help those that have been affected by whatever tragedy they may have faced. Some paying out of their own pocket to make things easier.

    Cons

    Limited funding
    Field staff benefits are atrocious, especially in conflict areas. (R&R, relocation, etc are a joke)
    accounting system is a mess and they do not have any idea how to recover cost, which impacts the organization.
    In some instances, recruiting seems non-competitive, favoring old boys network
    Field staff are not appreciated and not understood.

    Advice to Management

    GSO staff needs to travel to the field to understand the challenges and success that the field office faces. Does not take care of staff especially in conflict zones.


  9. "RI - Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Relief International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to wear many hats and get experience in multiple areas of grants & program management

    Cons

    Low pay, poor benefits, lack of accountability within the organization, little room to advance within the organization, & poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more and provide advancement opportunities to prevent ongoing high turnover.

    Relief International Response

    Jun 13, 2016

    Dear Sender,

    Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your experience with RI. We are glad that you found your engagement with RI a fruitful opportunity to wear many hats and get diverse... More


  10. "Program Manager, field office"

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

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    Great teams and dedicated staff. Local teams are amazing but not experienced.Can-do emergency response organization.Good Salary compared to other NGO's. They go to areas where many NGO's refuse to go.

    Cons

    When I was there, it was a one woman show, who literally controlled everything. However, the intent and delivery of emergency services to the needy population, was noteworthy, and made the work fulfilling. Regional structure serves the organization well but some regional directors were lacking the experience leading to burnout and poor professional and personal relationships. Financial systems are improving. Headquarters need to be more present and involved.

    Advice to Management

    GSO, get more involved.
    Better Country Directors and Regional Directors in some places.
    Better emergency benefits (R&R)


Showing 42 of 55 reviews
Reset Filters