International Committee of the Red Cross Employee Reviews about "local staff"

Updated 18 Jan 2021

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International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer
Peter Maurer
125 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. "Good pay, good exposure"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delegate in Geneva
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You travel all over the world as an international staff member and the work is very meaningful, you get to witness it firsthand

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and the way they treat local staff is sometimes rather unfair. UN get paid more and have an easier time traveling with their UNLP.

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    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    January 25, 2021Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback; we are glad to hear you have been enjoying your work and your time with the ICRC. We take your feedback on bureaucracy and local staff seriously; all staff are required to follow a code of conduct as part of their training, and we are in the process of developing our policies concerning the mobile and resident staff structure. We would be happy to discuss any other feedback you may have. Please email us at talent.attraction@icrc.org

  2. "Enhance capacities of personnel and communities."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Statistician in Linköping
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ICRC is a trusted organization and great place to work in. Though it is rather slow in the sustainability phase of assisting communities, however, the continued development is one of the most prominent aspects of the ICRC. It strives to reduce error while increase accuracy of targeting beneficiaries.

    Cons

    Considering the context's hardship, the communications between the units of one delegation sometimes goes down in responding to the recommendations provided other unit. The local field officers afford heavy tasks in a societies of needy people who do not care about the regular work hours. In few cases the brave management only can change the orientation of project implementation depending on the pop up facts. Comparing to other organizations, the ICRC pay less for the local staff. Despite the hardship of tasks in the severe climate weathers and stiffness of beneficiaries but one cannot have anything but to love the work

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    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    January 11, 2021Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the ICRC. Our employees on resident contracts are indeed valuable assets, and we are in the process of developing our policies concerning the mobile and resident staff structure. If you have any further feedback to share please feel free to email us at talent.attraction@icrc.org


  3. "Great workplace"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Officer in Port Harcourt
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, Nigerian standard. Work that makes you feel good about yourself. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Local staff as second class citizens. Over specialisation of roles. Career ceiling is too low, and hard to break for local staff.

    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    September 1, 2020Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback, we are glad to hear that you are enjoying your time at the ICRC. We want our employees to know that their priorities are our priorities - we take this feedback on staff treatment seriously; all staff are required to follow a code of conduct and we are in the process of developing our policies concerning the staff structure in order to enhance the opportunities for all. I would be happy to discuss any other feedback you may have. Please email us at talent.attraction@icrc.org

  4. "Thanks"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Specialist in Donets

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

    Pros

    IDevelop system that operates after 2 years

    Cons

    Difference between local staff and expats

    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    August 19, 2020Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for your feedback - we are glad to see that you are enjoying working with the ICRC. We are taking your feedback seriously - please email us to elaborate at talent.attraction@icrc.org

  5. "Great place, fulfilling job, with room for improvement"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great, diverse colleagues Decent pay compared to local NGO scene You contribute to making lives better Solid internal mechanism to avoid harassment and ensure accountability of managers

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, almost like a civil service Relies on archaic technology, an obsession with Microsoft tools when better tools now exist Huge pay disparity between local staff (resident staff) and foreign staff (aka mobile staff) Terrible compensation policy for overtime, and travels. Per diem can't get you a single meal at a decent hotel.

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    International Committee of the Red Cross Response

    August 19, 2020Talent Attraction Associate

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback, we are glad you are enjoying your experience at the ICRC. We are currently in the process of enhancing our technologies and our staffing structure. We take your feedback seriously and we would be happy to discuss this and any other feedback you may have. Please email us at talent.attraction@icrc.org

  6. "Company review"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International experience, missions worlwide, multicultural environment

    Cons

    Long time to work before promotion, if you are local staff

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    "Big machine, very ethnocentric approach to cultures and not the best HR management"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Administrateur 

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross

    Pros

    Unique experience abroad and meeting many people from different cultures in difficult contexts. Salary level very good with advantage from having very little charges to pay.

    Cons

    Totally ethnocentric approach: procedures and guidelines based on Swiss culture and transferred to other countries without taking any difference into account. Big gap between expats and local staff: expat houses and parties, money, etc - with often very little "mix" with local employees and even less with local people not ICRC employees. If you like having fun, go for it, but not don't expect "human" approach in a humanitarian environment...

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Bureaucratic, Expanding beyond mission & antiquated"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Contract in Potomac, MD
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross for less than a year

    Pros

    Location in DC is close to good lunch places. Comfortable offices, with good shopping nearby. Close to the metro, which is nice.

    Cons

    The Washington DC delegation is insular, lacking innovation and has a highly dysfunctional office environment. Save yourself time in therapy and do not apply. They don't pay local staff well and management is not a skill which is valued. It was by far the worst experience in my professional life.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "A good learning Experience into the humanitarian world"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics in Nairobi
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get the feel you are doing something good for humanity in the work you do

    Cons

    As a national or local staff room for growth is non existent

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