Relief International Employee Reviews about "hr policies"

Updated 1 Apr 2018

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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. Helpful (8)

    "fast track to experience by way of burnout"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    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 other readers better understand how RI deals with such issues. You stated that interns and lower level staff are paid well below market rate. RI benchmarks its salary scales across all different markets in which we operate on an annual basis. HR Managers and CDs conduct an Internal Equity Analysis and, when needed, make market-based adjustments for employees who are below salary scale. Our Internal Equity rate this year is 95% for U.S.-based staff. The other 5% are above the relevant grades. The same analysis is followed at all of our field offices. Working for international NGOs can also be stressful with the limited resources, flawed systems, hardship, insecure environments, multiple time zones, etc. With that, burnout can be a concern. Within our limited resources, we try to provide staff-care initiatives, cover RI staff with proper levels of insurance so that they have peace of mind, provide them with adequate leave and R&R, deploy or connect staff with psychologists after a traumatic incident, provide pre-counseling sessions to new expats joining RI, etc. More to come as we focus on staff-care in 2018. It is quite concerning to hear your perceptions as it relates to harassment and misconduct and that they are sometimes brushed aside. Within your role as CD, you may have known or heard that over the past couple of months, RI has taken prompt and decisive actions after investigating claims related to abusive or degrading language. Additionally, RI is about to launch its new Incident Reporting Policy and Process that aims at strengthening its reporting mechanisms. As a former employee of RI, and as all employees have a “duty to report”, we encourage you to anonymously report any claims of misconduct that you suspect or was aware of. If you have worries that RI management may not take those seriously, we are sure you are aware of mechanisms available to report those to the Ombudsman. RI is committed to reviewing those claims promptly and decisively. Again, thanks you for your 3 years of service, your feedback is appreciated and will allow us to review our own processes. Sincerely, HR

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible organisation"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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, made worse by diabolical HR policies and treatment of staff.

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  3. Helpful (4)

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

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "WouldW"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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