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US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Reviews

Updated January 15, 2017
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  1. "Great place to intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All of the staff was incredibly open and willing to teach, mentor and guide.

    Cons

    Wish there had been just a little more contact with other divisions within the organization


  2. "Great Staff Bonding Over Horrible Management"

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

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Mission
    -Diversity of staff.
    -Location.
    -Benefits.
    -Great staff bonding over horrible management.

    Cons

    -Upper management is completely disconnected, they seem to be more concerned with office hierarchy than serving clients.
    -Office culture prevents staff that are actually working with service providers and clients to advocate for themselves or others.
    -Nice mission, but it isn't really the priority.
    -Extremely high turnover rate....RUN!
    -Worst management experience I've ever had and I've been in the non-profit sector for ten years.
    -Overall, leadership is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    What would be best is for USCRI to start from scratch and replace the majority of upper and middle management. There is a reason this organization isn't as well known as others.

    At the very least, this organization needs to act like they value their employees and ensure that those managing are actually capable of doing so.


  3. "great place"

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    Former Employee - Case Aide in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Case Aide in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, meaningful work, great environment.

    Cons

    lots of work, especially if you are a case manager.


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  5. "The Absolute Truth: Great Mission - Poor Leadership"

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

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Location / Office
    - Benefits
    - Multiple Locations

    Cons

    - Leadership
    - Work Life Balance
    - Management (Goes back to leadership)
    - Work Environment

    Advice to Management

    Here's the real deal....

    The overall mission of USCRI is one that most people would love to connect to (read the mission online), but the organization is ran like a dictatorship. Most of management (e.g., Managers, Associate Directors, Directors) are given the job and / or promoted because they "do a good job" not because they are good managers. In fact, most of the managers are poor managers.

    In all fairness, there are some departments ran like a gem (okay, maybe two departments), but the other departments...well there is a justifiable reason why turnover is so high. Their Senior Leadership consists of bullies who think little of the staff who work for them. Additionally, managers play the "blame game" and think their way is the best and only way.

    In order for change to happen, they need to clean house starting with a sweep of leadership (get a true LEADER). Visit the bench warmers (aka - managers and above) in the organization and look at how they manage their team. If an intervention can be provided to them then DO IT....you owe it to your employees. Listen to your most valuable assets (your employees) and make the required changes.

    In sum, leadership needs to pack their bags and give the torch to someone who can truly lead the organization. To the reader of this review, after 3.5 years working here, it's apparent that they do not care a toot about their staff.

    PS: Don't get caught up in the reviews by the interns. Look at staff comments.


  6. "Working Together"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best places to work colleague-wise. Everyone is so informed and diverse which I truly enjoyed because there was always something 'fresh' about the work environment. Very welcoming.

    Cons

    There was some disorganization and a lack of communication that hindered projects from moving forward properly. However, being vocal about these issues and bringing solid solutions to the table helped solve those shortcomings.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that projects have clear/defined goals otherwise they'll get left behind.


  7. "Great internship!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great intern program. I had a wonderful mentor who got me ready for a full time position.

    Cons

    It is a fairly small office so not a lot of open positions or room to grow -- but they do hire from past interns very often!


  8. "Program Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits , helping refugees in need

    Cons

    Limited Growth opportunity , work environment

    Advice to Management

    increase growth opportunity and internal mobility option from one field office to another


  9. "Database Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Database Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Place to stay in, everyone is so friendly and helpful. Smiles everywhere! Plus the great company culture. A fantastic place to stay in, and you'll feel like being in home.

    Cons

    Environment is sometimes so relaxing that you need good self-push thought to get yourself a better man. Compensation is not satisfied for tech persons.

    Advice to Management

    Everything is great, more interns maybe!


  10. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern, the weekly brown bag lunches were a huge plus and allowed me to gain insight into all of the different departments within the organization

    Cons

    There were no cons at this internship


  11. "Legal Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working here was great! Loved the people, the clients, and the work!

    Cons

    Internship was unpaid, and I had to pay for public transportation.



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