Relief International Reviews

Updated 20 May 2020

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3.5
68%
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Nancy Wilson
20 Ratings
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 (2)

    "Terrible organisation"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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  2. "Head of Finance department for 2 countries (1 remote management)"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Country team was amazing and CD was proactice and strong enough to push for our field strategy and ideas rather than just sit and wait what HQ says

    Cons

    With time HQ made mpre pressure to create strategies and imposed more reports and tools to be done which sometimes can affect field implementation. Also, overhead costs were being increased without teansparent and clear justifications, which can be a bit difficult for field teams to accept

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  3. "Great environment in spite of the challenges"

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

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

    Pros

    Employee friendly, opportunities to visit the field, and move internally.

    Cons

    Very limited resources. The workload can be overwhelming at times.

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  4. "A place to start not to stay!"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    A good place to start

    Cons

    Poor complaint/abuse reporting mechanism Issues with HR Overwhelming pressure with slight chances of improvement or promotion Favoritism and lack of standards

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  5. "Relief International"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Education Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Inclusiveness Transparency and accountability Agility and innovation Collaboration Sustainability

    Cons

    Stress, Workload, Understaffed, Complex Environment and Working Houres

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  6. "Company review and salary"

    3.0
    • 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

    Friendly team ambiance

    Cons

    Needs to be more organized

  7. "M&E"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Relief International full-time

    Pros

    m&E department is great and working together and helping each other to have the best outcome

    Cons

    depends mainly on the project and if the management team is aware of everything

  8. "Project Assistant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Moyo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Good remuneration. -Clear line of supervision and reporting. -Good work relation ship.

    Cons

    -No internal promotions. -Opportunities is given to only one region of the country-Western.

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    Relief International Response

    August 16, 2018

    Dear Reviewer, As always, we thank you for your service and caring to share your experience about the organization. We are glad that you found RI to be fulfilling in the areas of your compensation, work relationships (camaraderie) and the direct relationship with your supervisor. You also mentioned that there are no internal promotions, which is imprecise. RI created and has robust policies on internal mobility and promotions. We actually believe it is important and prefer to promote from within especially when an employee is a strong or perfect candidate for the vacancy. We should do better at making sure our internal processes and policies are properly communicated. We thank you for your input and should you have more questions, we are here to respond. We also hope that you continue to consider RI as a future employer.

  9. 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

  10. "former employee"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Relief International part-time

    Pros

    Staff are incredibly talented and dedicated to their work

    Cons

    Not payed enough, not much support provided

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