World Relief Reviews

Updated 20 Jan 2021

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3.5
67%
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World Relief President and Chief Executive Officer Stephan Bauman (no image)
Stephan Bauman
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Strong Christian values with a culture of continued improvement(in 5 reviews)

  • "Compassionate care for vulnerable people(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Huge bureaucracy from the HQ in Baltimore(in 4 reviews)

  • "There is little support across offices and no clear path or direction on handling workplace conflict that should be handled by HR(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A Great Team, Hard Work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Case Worker in Durham, NC

    I have been working at World Relief part-time

    Pros

    Everyone on the team is kind, considerate, and passionate about the work.

    Cons

    There's quite a lot of turnover likely because the work takes its toll and isn't high paying.

  2. "Amazing work/team, but understaffed"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - International Programs in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Amazing work being done internationally, lots of remote work flexibility, and a fantastic team to work with. Some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I know! Very mission focused organization

    Cons

    Like many organizations: Understaffed and minimal professional development/investment in current employees. While the team is amazing and does super quality work not having enough people has taken its toll on bringing about organizational change and heading towards burnout for many

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  3. "Amazing mission but can burn out employees"

    4.0
    Current Employee - International Programs in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Relief full-time

    Pros

    Amazing organization, amazing mission, wonderful strategy, incredible people,, under appreciated technical excellence, very true to mission. Truly feels like a global family, and they are very open to fostering professional development of staff and giving junior staff a chance to grow and lead.

    Cons

    Many Staff struggle to draw boundaries and therefore burnout is very common, does not tend to encourage staff to self care, tends not to have proper understanding of capacity limitations. It’s definitely possible to succeed and live a sustainable life but you have to be adamant about setting boundaries and expectations.

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  4. "World Relief"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Case Worker in Moline, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and client interaction

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. It's hard to get away from serving clients.

  5. "Great mission, must have grit"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at World Relief full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Deeply committed field staff Exciting vision Genuine desire for staff spiritual development Great place to grow if you're trying to learn as much as possible Willingness to evolve Gives people a chance (mothers returning to work, individuals with disabilities) Willingness to take public but unpopular, firm stands Incredibly supportive managers

    Cons

    Limited staff support or conflict resolution management options, leading to interpersonal and political conflict interfering with actual work and purpose Little to no staff training or development opportunities Highest level of leadership rather blind to staff experience Weird culture of favoritism Professional survival & inclusion feels like a popularity contest All this combined with initiatives and languages about Christian ethic very draining

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  6. "Lack of Training"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Operations Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at World Relief full-time

    Pros

    Nice staff members and the vision of the company is good.

    Cons

    No training for the job I was hired for. Huge bureaucracy from the HQ in Baltimore.

  7. "Solid workplace"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Relief full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong Christian values with a culture of continued improvement

    Cons

    Had financial instability when i was there

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unstable organization"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Case Worker 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at World Relief full-time

    Pros

    Good and committed front line workers. People serving from their heart.

    Cons

    Lack of support and funding. Lack of diversity in leadership. Some offices take the faith-based hiring to an extreme. Very unstable.

  9. "A Mission Like No Other"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WR has an excellent mission and strategy that it is fiercely committed to. Some of the best work I've seen anywhere in the world.

    Cons

    WR may not work for someone who isn't as purpose driven as the organization is.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful vision, little support"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Job Developer in Wheaton, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team of people working there, the company vision & climate. Committed leaders. Making a serious difference in the world.

    Cons

    Always lots to do & little pay, little support. People are willing to help when they can, but everyone’s plates are full. Good start up job but doesn’t feel like a long-term career path, unless income is a bonus rather than a need, or unless you were made to lead at a high level in the job-profit world. Very easy to burn out, as I did.

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