International Committee of the Red Cross Employee Reviews about "local staff"

Updated 14 Apr 2020

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International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer
Peter Maurer
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Pros
  • "Want to go more higher in another working environment to aquire more knowledge and skills(in 16 reviews)

  • "I am a proud former employee of ICRC in Baku, Azerbaijan(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you love humanitarian work and ICRC mission, please go for it(in 14 reviews)

  • "Difference between local staff and expats(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Thanks"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Specialist in Donets

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    IDevelop system that operates after 2 years

    Cons

    Difference between local staff and expats

  2. "Great place, fulfilling job, with room for improvement"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great, diverse colleagues Decent pay compared to local NGO scene You contribute to making lives better Solid internal mechanism to avoid harassment and ensure accountability of managers

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, almost like a civil service Relies on archaic technology, an obsession with Microsoft tools when better tools now exist Huge pay disparity between local staff (resident staff) and foreign staff (aka mobile staff) Terrible compensation policy for overtime, and travels. Per diem can't get you a single meal at a decent hotel.

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  3. "Company review"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    International experience, missions worlwide, multicultural environment

    Cons

    Long time to work before promotion, if you are local staff

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Life-changing - yet can be frustrating..."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    My years in the field were life changing; I loved working so closely with detainees and families, as well as dealing with different militaries, police and state authorities. Moreover, there are simply some astounding people working in this organisation. The salaries are also excellent. Work/life balance depends on whether you are in the field or not (I am currently not)

    Cons

    Shoddy management, lack of career progression for specialists and local staff. HR at the HQ seems to increasingly chaotic as services are being outsourced and decentralised.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Big machine, very ethnocentric approach to cultures and not the best HR management"

    2.0
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    Administrateur 

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross

    Pros

    Unique experience abroad and meeting many people from different cultures in difficult contexts. Salary level very good with advantage from having very little charges to pay.

    Cons

    Totally ethnocentric approach: procedures and guidelines based on Swiss culture and transferred to other countries without taking any difference into account. Big gap between expats and local staff: expat houses and parties, money, etc - with often very little "mix" with local employees and even less with local people not ICRC employees. If you like having fun, go for it, but not don't expect "human" approach in a humanitarian environment...

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bureaucratic, Expanding beyond mission & antiquated"

    1.0
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    Contract in Potomac, MD
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Committee of the Red Cross for less than a year

    Pros

    Location in DC is close to good lunch places. Comfortable offices, with good shopping nearby. Close to the metro, which is nice.

    Cons

    The Washington DC delegation is insular, lacking innovation and has a highly dysfunctional office environment. Save yourself time in therapy and do not apply. They don't pay local staff well and management is not a skill which is valued. It was by far the worst experience in my professional life.

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    "A good learning Experience into the humanitarian world"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Logistics in Nairobi
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at International Committee of the Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    You get the feel you are doing something good for humanity in the work you do

    Cons

    As a national or local staff room for growth is non existent

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