Relief International Reviews

Updated 20 May 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "management"

    1.0
     in Ḩawwārah, Amman Governorate

    I worked at Relief International for more than a year

    Pros

    gain experience working with vulnerable people

    Cons

    bad management, lack of culture, harassment is kind of a norm

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  2. "RI - Review"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You get to wear many hats and get experience in multiple areas of grants & program management

    Cons

    Low pay, poor benefits, lack of accountability within the organization, little room to advance within the organization, & poor management.

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    Relief International Response

    June 13, 2016

    Dear Sender, Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your experience with RI. We are glad that you found your engagement with RI a fruitful opportunity to wear many hats and get diverse skills on a number of areas.. In response to your feedback related to salary and benefits, we benchmark our compensation packages to other INGOs of similar or larger size annually, and therefore offer salary and benefits that are competitive within our industry. Our health and dental coverages are considered top in the industry. We offer other attractive benefits like telecommuting, vacation, bereavement leave, and parental leave as well. We offer a good pension plan, to which we contribute whether the employee contributes or not. A small number of organizations do so. Our retention rate is also the highest it’s ever been, at 97% for our Head Office for 2016 based on calculation of voluntary separations. In terms of advancement of staff within the organization, we do need to give this more and more attention so, thank you for the advice. It is true though, that no employer can just promote everyone in order to retain them. Opportunities have to come up as a result of business needs. It is worth mentioning that currently, of the 7 officers employed at Head Office, 6 of them started as interns only a few years ago through our robust internship program. We thank you once for your feedback. Please feel free to contact us with other questions or concerns at AskHR@ri.org.


  3. "Program Manager, field office"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    Great teams and dedicated staff. Local teams are amazing but not experienced.Can-do emergency response organization.Good Salary compared to other NGO's. They go to areas where many NGO's refuse to go.

    Cons

    When I was there, it was a one woman show, who literally controlled everything. However, the intent and delivery of emergency services to the needy population, was noteworthy, and made the work fulfilling. Regional structure serves the organization well but some regional directors were lacking the experience leading to burnout and poor professional and personal relationships. Financial systems are improving. Headquarters need to be more present and involved.

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  4. "I am working as a finance consultant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Finance Consultant in Sayyān
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International

    Pros

    experience is great and especially working with the regional offices

    Cons

    very organized and working as on family

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Offer more incentives for employees to stay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Passionate and friendly HQ office. Very multicultural, diverse group of individuals, you could learn something from everyone. Providing assistance to those in need afflicted by natural disasters, civil conflicts etc.

    Cons

    Little incentive to stay with other NGO's offering more. Employee retention was very low, it seemed like someone left every week.

    Relief International Response

    March 1, 2016

    Dear sender, Thank you for your service at RI and for your feedback. We take input seriously and use it to constantly improve our workplace environment. Let me address some of your concerns. Regarding salary and benefits, each year we benchmark our compensation packages to other INGOs of similar or larger size, and therefore offer salary and benefits that are competitive. For example, our health and dental coverage is considered top in the industry. You don’t mention when or where you worked for RI, but in recent years we have added staff training and development programs to nurture professional growth. We offer online courses, opportunities for travel to seminars and conferences, and an individual goals tracker, which lets employees set and manage personal development. For these and other reasons, our voluntary turnover rate for the head office in 2015 was as low as 3% which puts us at the top 5% of INGO turnover rate. Our expat turnover is at the top 24% INGOs. In 2015 we hired 63 employees internationally & 48 at the Global and Regional Support Offices (GSO/ RSO). We currently have a total of 1,431 employees in the entire organization including local national employees. Employees love our flexible work environment, with benefits like telecommuting, paid leave for bereavement, parenting and illness, and of course, paid vacation. We offer an exceptional savings plan, to which we contribute even if the employee doesn’t. These and other benefits have attracted several employees to Relief International. But people also choose RI for the opportunity to be part of an organization that is large enough to be effective, but small enough to allow each and every individual make a measurable impact on the operation. Thank you again for your service. Please feel free to contact us with other questions or concerns at AskHR@ri.org. We wish you the best in your current endeavors.

  6. "Heading in the right direction"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International

    Pros

    Great people, everyone is eager to learn and contribute to the mission

    Cons

    Lack of communication between the departments and GSO/RSO/Field Offices

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International

    Pros

    Small neat community, most people are friendly and helpful. Good place to be and gain experience in international development right after college.

    Cons

    No opporunities for growth within the company, very low pay and benefits

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  8. "Sr. Admin & IT Officer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rangoon
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Relief International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Humanitarian organization, Safety working environment, Great Team Work, Strong Management Team and excellent policy and procedure

    Cons

    Slow response in some emergency response, top level approval needed

  9. "A great place to work."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International

    Pros

    Mission driven with transparant and positive culture. Great people to work with. Very reasonable benefits and time can be flexible. Pay is good. Opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Some Country leaders do bad program management and some creat tension between field and head office. Some systems need to improve.

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  10. "Anonymous"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relief International

    Pros

    Can't think of any advantages

    Cons

    The CFO seems to be a dictator. Has a strong preference towards one group of people at Finance department while has an aggressive viewpoint towards the the other group at Finance department. Ultimately leading office politics.That's why there is a high turnover rate.

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