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World Relief Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • great mission, somewhat flexible hours, benefits for part-time workers (in 3 reviews)

  • This company has great motives and values, and is very dedicated to helping those in need (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Can get a little stressful at times, like any job (in 2 reviews)

  • There was no HR in our local office so any issue was sent up the chain to Baltimore and then dismissed (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "ESL Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheaton, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheaton, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a diverse cliental. Flexibility in how one teaches the courses. Received CPR training.

    Cons

    Some students were not regular attenders. Each day you were not sure how many students would actually show.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate the staff that I worked with. it was unfortunate that budget cuts because of state fundings eliminated my positions among others.


  2. "Great vision and amazing on-the-ground work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at World Relief full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    General staff are incredible. Vision/mission is wonderful and easy to get behind.

    Cons

    Little accountability in management resulted in poorly skilled managers for overworked staff. Extremely high turnover in staff due to low pay, high stress and poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to replace a manager or two or three if they are not able to manage well.

  3. "Amazing people & work - terrible pay"

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    Former Employee - Resettlement Manager
    Former Employee - Resettlement Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at World Relief full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a truly ecumenical community of Christians interested in serving the world's most vulnerable

    Cons

    the compensation makes it almost impossible to stay in the field and many in the field are expected to do the work of multiple people (high stress!)

    Advice to Management

    raise pay and/or hire more people


  4. "Great first job"

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    Former Employee - Employment Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Employment Specialist in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    I had great coworkers who helped me learn and grow professionally in a safe environment.

    Cons

    Underpaid, little to no accountability for people directors in leadership


  5. "Reception and Resettelement Specialist"

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

    Pros

    Good environment
    Friendly people
    Great opportunities/experience

    Cons

    Low wage
    High turnover rates
    Long hours (technically 40 hours a week but much more)


  6. "Sacramento Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at World Relief full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work for, great purpose.

    Cons

    No separation between personal and professional time. In all positions you will take work calls on personal time, from coworkers and clients. You will be expected to work overtime, evening, weekends and take work home. It is common to not know what time you will get home that night or the next night. Schedules may change over night and you are expected to adjust personal time to make sure you go to work the next day. Management will not support you if you have boundaries for separation between your personal time and professional time. This is a job that expects you dedication and you will be on call 24/7. If you are driving for your job expect to put on at least 100 miles a week (50 cents/mile). You will be on the road from anywhere between 6am-6:30pm and you could spend that time on the road. It will be hard to find time to take your 15 minute break. And management will not support you when you try to take these breaks if there is still work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    That workers will do better if they can have a personal time during the time they are "off work" so they can hang out with friends and family. Management needs to create policies that promote work place boundaries. And that World Relief are not responsible for everything that goes on with the refugees.


  7. "Resettlement"

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

    I have been working at World Relief full-time

    Pros

    Great family feel to the organization

    Cons

    Workload is tremendous, pay is not great

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to pay staff more

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful mission, limited resources."

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

    I worked at World Relief full-time

    Pros

    The mission of empowering the church to serve the most vulnerable is second to none.

    Cons

    The organization is under-resourced.


  9. "Great non-profit to work for"

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, sense of reward and mission

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities and pay scales.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Organization Culture, Oversight and Accountability"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at World Relief full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The folks I worked with at the local level employed by WR were some of the best humans I've ever worked with. They had a passion for doing good work and the drive to see refugees in our community successfully integrated and the level of service offered by staff reflected this.

    Cons

    -There was no HR in our local office so any issue was sent up the chain to Baltimore and then dismissed.
    -Our former director was poorly equipped for the role and caused irrevocable damage upon the office meanwhile, Home Office (Baltimore) stayed completely removed and unhelpful during all challenges we faced in Nashville.
    -There was no meaningful accountability for the director
    -Mismanagement of Finances.

    Advice to Management

    Your dealings with the Nashville office over the past 3 years have been utterly shameful. Peoples lives have been negatively affected directly because of your lack of leadership and your lack of communication with local staff. I don't have any advice because I am having difficulty imagining how a complete organizational overhaul is feasible.


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