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Relief International Reviews

Updated 28 Aug 2018

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3.7
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Nancy Wilson
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "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)

  • "Great people, everyone is eager to learn and contribute to the mission(in 4 reviews)

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

  • "HR policies often feel abusive/harassing/inconsistent(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

    Relief International Response

    September 7, 2017

    Dear Writer, Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your experience with RI. We are glad that you found your experience working with RI employees a rewarding and fulfilling one! We have employees from across the globe and this is what makes our workforce unique, fun, and ...

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  3. "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    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....

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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...

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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. "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
    • "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

      Relief International Response

      August 16, 2018

      Dear Reviewer, As always, we thank you for your service and caring to share your experience about the organization. We are glad that you found RI to be fulfilling in the areas of your compensation, work relationships (camaraderie) and the direct relationship with your supervisor. ...

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    • 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...

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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

      Relief International Response

      April 10, 2018

      Dear Writer, Thank you for 3 years of service in such an important role. We are glad you found RI a place where staff can grow and learn and hope that you return to RI in the future with a different perspective and energy. Let us address your concerns in order to help you and ...

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    • "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
    • Helpful (1)

      "Turned Sour"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great learning environment. Was able to create experiences with reasonable allowances from management. Friendly co-workers. Liked my superior.

      Cons

      Turned into slave labor. Hours were being stretched and often turned into 10+ hr work days. Former CEO was the force behind the negative work environment. He never gave raises as promised, since he so happened to be the final decision maker behind everyone's salary. Senior management in department was mainly out of touch, creating a strange dynamic when time called.

      Advice to Management

      Stay true to the mission and serve the people before yourself.

      Relief International2017-05-21

      Relief International Response

      June 15, 2017

      Dear writer, We appreciate your comments regarding RI’s learning environment and we’re delighted that like many of our employees you had the opportunity to create positive work relationships during your time at RI. As you note, Relief International has new leadership, a change ...

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    • "Bring Back Old Management"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Relief International for less than a year

      Pros

      Great people to work with. Great mission.

      Cons

      New management team is out of touch with field.

      Advice to Management

      Bring back founder.

      Relief International2016-12-13
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