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Relief International Reviews

Updated 13 Jul 2019

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Nancy Wilson
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  1. "A dynamic organization where you can create, innovate and learn!"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Abū Jubayhah
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International

    Pros

    The environment in RI is very supportive to create, innovate and learn as long as employee’s contribution supports the achievement of organizational mission and satisfy door interests. The leadership at various ladders is very much supportive in order employees impart their skill, knowledge and other important characteristics that support innovation, creativity and learning is a central element of program design, implementation...

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    Cons

    Due to the overwhelming competitive landscape and fluidity of donor funding priorities, there are critical funding problems that hinder the smooth continuation of the country program.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management should spend more time on how to ensure long term financial stability and maintain organizational health. More networking and close relationship has to be cultivated with donors throughout the country programs around the world. It is through such relationship with donors that RI becomes connected with potential funding. The deeper the relationship, the stronger that connection, and the more likely...

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    Relief International2014-12-10
  2. "I have enjoyed working with Relief International in Niger because I had the feeling of belonging to a winning team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shaki, Niger
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team spirit is amongst the consideration the one a really appreciate in working with RI

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel some managerial decisions are top down, but in fact, if you looked regularly to the RI procedures, I will appear a more balance view on management

    Advice to Management

    Involve as much as possible the feel in the program cycle process

    Relief International2014-12-08
  3. "Fantastic Environment for Professional Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are encouraging, friendly, and helpful. Open door policy, someone always available to answer questions. Long history of hiring and promoting from within; many of the higher ups started as either interns or volunteers. Great organizational culture and mission makes the work fulfilling. New CEO brought on board this year, I see only a brighter future for RI.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for US based staff to travel to field offices.

    Relief International2014-12-02
  4. Helpful (1)

    "fulfilling place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Relief International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    All the people are dedicated, and work hard towards the same missions of the organization. I have been working with the organization for over 4yrs and have seen its ups and downs. With new management in place, there is a bright future for the employees at Relief International. Everyone always willing to hear new ideas and implement new changes for the better of employees.

    Cons

    more exposure to field offices for staff based in LA and DC

    Relief International2014-11-28
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very humbling and fulfilling to work for an organization with a great mission!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organization has a wonderful mission. It is nice to know and see what contributions they are making all over the world. Very nice colleagues that are kind and team oriented Good worklife balance. Management does not micromanage/ no bureaucracy Creativity and innovation are encouraged

    Cons

    Wish people at HQ travelled to the field to see what the projects are like in the field

    Advice to Management

    With the new CEO in charge, things are heading in the right direction. Mgt keeps staff involved along the way.

    Relief International2014-11-05
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not recommended at all!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International

    Pros

    Just some of the HQ staff is supportive to the field office staff,primarily HR staff and some finance staff in regional offices.

    Cons

    Bed HQ leadership, very bad selection of senior staff at the field , not fully reliable HQ support,lot of gossiping,hard work environment,usually would end up doing other people's job,in general very unprofessional work environment.Country Directors have unlimited power and allowed to do whatever they want even against the very week policies off the company.The Company funding is mostly through the Grants and in most...

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    Relief International2014-09-02
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible organisation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for a lot of visits to the field. My area at the time was non existent so I had the opportunity to develop it from the ground up.

    Cons

    At the time I worked at RI it was completely centralised with the CEO who would undermine managers and issue directives to anyone he wished. Terrible management, Country Directors had little control over strategic decisions and budgets, exploitative programmes (beaded bracelets and necklaces made by IDPs in Palestine and Sudan and then sold on the RI website for $15). Worst workplace culture of anywhere I have ever worked,...

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    Advice to Management

    Develop strategic framework, improve salaries to attract a higher calibre of staff, trust senior and middle level managers - and especially Country Directors - to manage their work themselves, consolidate strategic focus regarding your programmes and completely revise the HR structures and systems.

    Relief International2014-07-06
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place to work right now"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Relief International

      Pros

      younger employees are dedicated and get experience

      Cons

      younger employees are not taken advantage of in terms of skills and they are pushed into departments out of their expertise without incentives or promise of upward growth.. in fact there is no path for upward growth and it often is looked down upon when asked for.

      Advice to Management

      Start listening to what your employees are saying and work on your own management styles - this is what is holding the organization back

      Relief International2013-11-14
    • Helpful (4)

      "Great people and good programs but that's the only positive about the organization"

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

      I worked at Relief International full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      The people apart from senior management are really great

      Cons

      pay, environment, lack of professionalism, overworking, unhealthy treatment of people, bad HR policies and management, horrible senior management even after Farshad's exit.

      Advice to Management

      Work on retention, show results, stop keeping secrets. Stop micro-managing and nitpicking on tiny details and look at the overall picture.

      Relief International2013-10-17
    • Helpful (1)

      "WouldW"

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      Former Employee - Management 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Relief International full-time

      Pros

      Foot in the door of the International Development sector and opportunities for interns to work abroad

      Cons

      Low salaries, appalling HR policies/practices, poor quality programmes, micro-management by senior management, bullying, over-working staff with no benefits, awful organisational culture

      Advice to Management

      Overhaul management practices, esp. HR function, be clear about your strategic direction, improve programmes.

      Relief International2013-08-25
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