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Relief International Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2019

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3.7
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Nancy Wilson
19 Ratings
Pros
  • "RI is a great place to break into the humanitarian sector, you learn a ton and it prepares you well for your future career(in 4 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "That's why there is a high turnover rate(in 4 reviews)

  • "HR policies often feel abusive/harassing/inconsistent(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Relief International2016-09-19
  2. Helpful (5)

    "fast track to experience by way of burnout"

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    Former Employee - Country Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - you will move up quickly if you work hard - you will face challenges and responsibilities that would never be possible in more stable organizations - salaries for upper management in the field are very competitive - because the organization lacks some policies, there is space to improvise and innovate

    Cons

    - interns and lower level staff are paid well below market rate and often overworked. - sudden high turnover of key positions often leaves management gaps - HR policies often feel abusive/harassing/inconsistent - while the organization purports to value anti-sexual misconduct and harassment policies, the reality is that concerns are often brushed aside and/or systems do not encourage healthy debate- the result is...

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    Advice to Management

    - look closely at your HR culture and review top leadership. It's likely that complaints aren't being managed properly because the power dynamic is balanced in favor or those at the top.

    Relief International2018-04-01

    Relief International Response

    April 10, 2018

    Dear Writer, Thank you for 3 years of service in such an important role. We are glad you found RI a place where staff can grow and learn and hope that you return to RI in the future with a different perspective and energy. Let us address your concerns in order to help you and ...

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  3. "Officer"

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    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.

    Relief International2017-08-17
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Turned Sour"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time for 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 International2017-05-21

    Relief International Response

    June 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 during your time at RI. As you note, Relief International has new leadership, a change ...

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  5. "Bring Back Old Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relief International for 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.

    Relief International2016-12-13
  6. "Very rewarding to work for this organization!"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Relief International for 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

    Relief International2016-10-13
  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Africa, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International full-time for 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...

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    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....

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    Relief International2016-09-24
  8. "Egypt Country Director"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International for 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...

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    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.

    Relief International2016-07-07
  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.

    Relief International2016-06-17
  10. "RI - Review"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Relief International full-time for 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 International2016-05-16

    Relief International Response

    June 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 skills on a number of areas.. In response to your feedback related to salary and benefits, ...

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