International Committee of the Red Cross Reviews

Updated 4 Mar 2021

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International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer
Peter Maurer
108 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great working environment and amazing satisfaction gained from helping beneficiaries(in 20 reviews)

  • "ICRC mandate is to alleviate suffering from people affected by conflict all around the world(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "May make it less suitable for non-medical outsiders with non-ICRC experience(in 17 reviews)

  • "Bureaucracy and the way they treat local staff is sometimes rather unfair(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Best humanitarian organization in the world"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great working environment and amazing satisfaction gained from helping beneficiaries

    Cons

    Consumes life and work balance, hazardous working locations (at times), skills gained are seldom usable outside the organization

    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    August 19, 2020Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for your feedback - we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed time at the ICRC. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at talent.attraction@icrc.org

  2. Helpful (9)

    "..."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Helping others in crisis, excitement, adventure, travel, colleagues, good career progression, good salary/benefits, good training

    Cons

    Not good for the work/life balance obviously. And work can be frustrating at times. Difficult to get interesting postings if you're female and not Arabic-speaking


  3. "Overpaid and unsteady career"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is more than needed Impact

    Cons

    Unsteady job opportunities Changing landscape at times

    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    November 2, 2020Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for your feedback - we are glad to hear that you are enjoying time at the ICRC. If you have any further feedback to share please email us at talent.attraction@icrc.org

  4. "Salary Scale"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Team Leader in London, England

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    International, well funded, relevant work in the humanitarian sector

    Cons

    Staff duty of care, volatile work environment

    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    August 19, 2020Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for your feedback - we are delighted to see that you enjoyed working with the ICRC. If you would like to provide additional feedback please email us at talent.attraction@icrc.org

  5. Helpful (3)

    "HR Assistant"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    The passion to serve humanity

    Cons

    Work structure is best for those about to retire from active practice

  6. Helpful (3)

    "It's good but losing its brilliance"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Usually it's meaningful work and I met some of the most inspiring people I will ever know.

    Cons

    The organisation is in my view losing focus and diversifying into so many areas that it risks losing expertise. Can be awful if you are posted in a bad mission.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Water and Habitation Engineer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Job security, opportunities for travel, opportunities for promotion, Good salary, on the job training, holiday pay, sick pay...

    Cons

    stressful, heavy workload, difficult and dangerous work environment

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Colleagues committed to humanitarian work x committed to climb up the carrer ladder"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Protection Delegue in London, England

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I met a lot of wonderful colleagues deeply committed to the humanitarian work, especially so called experts.

    Cons

    I met a lot of people in management who were committed to climb up the career lader rather then to any humanitarian principles. These people were very effective in getting others out of their way up. I have seen quite a few friends leaving the organization for another one. The management is not able to keep good ones. Salary i very high but it is not all after all.

  9. "Job review"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Career development global environment good work environment

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low working hrs

  10. "verygood"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Darfur, MN

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    hard worker creative willing to learn able to work with different

    Cons

    applying the policy all the time disobliging

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