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Relief International Reviews

Updated 31 Jul 2019

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3.4
65%
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Nancy Wilson
19 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, everyone is eager to learn and contribute to the mission(in 4 reviews)

  • "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)

Cons
  • "Very little opportunity for US based staff to travel to field offices(in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International part-time

    Pros

    Staff are incredibly talented and dedicated to their work

    Cons

    Not payed enough, not much support provided

    Relief International2017-11-26
  2. "Neutral"

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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

    What makes RI special are the people who work there (entry-level + mid-management). Everyone is compassionate and the work atmosphere is friendly.

    Cons

    The organization is sadly mismanagement. Pay scales are not universal across the organization.

    Relief International2017-07-22
  3. "former employee"

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    I worked at Relief International

    Pros

    Hard working, committed people, highly knowledgeable about subject areas

    Cons

    underpayment of staff, not able to hire best talent/ support staff.

    Relief International2016-05-12
  4. "Okay, but could have been much better"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Relief International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Work alongside some really dedicated, capable and interesting people - Appears to be a good internal online training scheme - Global and regional offices can be really supportive, if country management bothered to introduce you properly and explain their role - Left to get on with job with minimal interference most of the time - Benefits package was generally one of the better ones compared to other NGOs in... town. - Some really good work going on.

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    Cons

    - Contract was terminated early when funding ran out, despite repeatedly voicing the need to secure alternative funding to country management for almost 5 months. - Poor internet in field location limited ability to access training resources, emails, and everything that would make your job a lot smoother. - Internal financial systems were a nightmare to deal with: was expected to know exactly how much money had... been spent on budget but nothing was reported formally and directly until up to 6 weeks after, with minimal support or meaningful help from finance otherwise. - Technical program management were ignored or worse not even consulted on program proposals, leading to bad programming that they were expected to then implement with little notice. - Issues of favoritism, lack of professionalism etc from country director. - Received practically zero professional development in 7 months.

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    Advice to Management

    - Consult and listen to your technical staff and program managers: they know their programs and the context best. - Stop chasing donor money for the prestige, and focus on what the actual needs are, how they can be addressed - Invest in staff who show potential and don't penalise initiative. - Financial systems are simply not working in their current state

    Relief International2016-02-26
  5. "Don't let bullies ruin your work environment"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Gaziantep
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salary in USD and they provide a work permit.

    Cons

    They allow bad managers to ruin the lives of their subordinates. Even if 5 employees submit a complaint against the same manager, the bad guy still wins!

    Advice to Management

    I've come across a lot of people who worked with RI and all of them have worked at RI only for a few months. What I have in common with all of those people is that we all shared one bad experience mostly because "bully managers" act without anyone watching what they do and without holding them accountable. My advice is: Watch closely for the acts of managers and make sure that how they treat their subordinates does... become a traumatic experience.

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    Relief International2019-08-01
  6. "Company review and salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    Friendly team ambiance

    Cons

    Needs to be more organized

    Relief International2019-07-13
  7. "M&E"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    m&E department is great and working together and helping each other to have the best outcome

    Cons

    depends mainly on the project and if the management team is aware of everything

    Relief International2018-08-28
  8. "Project Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Moyo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Relief International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Good remuneration. -Clear line of supervision and reporting. -Good work relation ship.

    Cons

    -No internal promotions. -Opportunities is given to only one region of the country-Western.

    Advice to Management

    -Creat better working relationship between field and Capital office

    Relief International2018-07-18
  9. 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 that staff may feel afraid to speak up for fear of humiliation - some questionable board members

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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
  10. "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
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