IFRC Reviews

Updated 24 May 2020

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3.2
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IFRC President Tadateru Konoé
Tadateru Konoé
26 Ratings
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  1. "Very positive experience"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Field Officer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IFRC

    Pros

    a good organization, reputable, care about staff

    Cons

    none, maybe the salary is not very high

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    "IFRC"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     

    I have been working at IFRC

    Pros

    The people and its volunteers.

    Cons

    The organisation has a haphazard approach to care for staff. At times concerning treatment of international and local staff. Very little career development or continuity for delegates/employees.

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    "Organisation full of passionate people"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Communication and Advocacy Manager 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IFRC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many, majority of people are passionate and professional idealists working for the better world. People truly believe in the mandate and this makes the working environment inspirational and informal. Working directly with the national societies, with the volunteers and with the communities brings flesh to the desk job.

    Cons

    There are many so called development cowboys that rule the game - the recruitment, the assignments and the procedures - of the organisation. In certain delegations and national societies there are people working with their own personal, financial or political interests in mind. This causes delay or direct standstill of projects and work, complicates things and leads to people not feeling motivated or empowered.

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  4. "Volunteer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Painter in Pisa
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    we work together as team.

    Cons

    More stress when working with them

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  5. "Good workplace"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Geneva
    Recommends

    I have been working at IFRC full-time

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere and great benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and little space for professional development

  6. "International Federatio of Red Cross and Crescent Societies"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager 

    I have been working at IFRC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    International brand, humanitarian work, organisational principles

    Cons

    sometimes bureaucratic procedures create operational risks

  7. "High personal rewards"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Head of Programs and Operations in Santo Domingo

    I worked at IFRC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for the IFRC is a great adventure, you will be working with the biggest humanitarian actor in the world, with a multicultural staff, in an environment where you help people and increase your profesional knowledge.

    Cons

    The level of stress, workload as well as the lack of recognition of the management are the other side of the coin. There is little support for advancement and management is disconnected from the reality of the staff on the ground.

  8. "Take more care of volunteers"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Trainee in Luxembourg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at IFRC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    + meaningful work which is used on the field + international atmosphere

    Cons

    - procedures take time, even when it's about details (e.g. trainings) - organisational structure and policy often not aligned with the vision of employees

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  9. "It did great work by helping people in Haiti after the earthquake."

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Administrative Officer in Port-au-Prince
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IFRC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was satisfying work because I was helping people.

    Cons

    The work environment could be at some times very stressing.

  10. "Volunteered at Danish Red Cross in Copenhagen Denmark"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Copenhagen

    I worked at IFRC part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very exciting and meaningful work. I worked as a guide for the Red Cross virtual reality experience in which groups of students, mostly elementary and middle school children but also college students would come visit the Danish Red Cross headquarters in Copenhagen Denmark and learn about Red Cross intiatives through interactive virtual reality workshops. The experience covered topics from natural disaster relief, aid in war and conflict, domestic abuse intervention and first aid. The main goal of the experience was to teach children about the state of the world, what red cross does to improve peoples lives and inspire people to pay it forward and think about what they can do to make the world a better place. The staff was also very friendly and it was a blast helping out.

    Cons

    Work is volunteer so there is no pay.

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