Toxic, Demoralizing, Abusive...
Pros: the kids, co-workers
Cons: director, management
I came across the following review about ICRC & YRS and because of the absolute truth to what the writer has posted I decided to copy and paste it. I could not have described the working environment any better (I worked there for about a year). I hope that individuals looking for employment hear this writer's message.
ICRC is a HORRIBLE place to work at because of the director and managers. Ask any former employee of ICRC and you will hear the same.
The review posted reads:
"The managers at ICRC and YRS are soul crushingly horrible
Worker (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – March 9, 2014
Pros: the kids, co-workers, you could improve your spanish, job looks decent on a resume, being in the union
I worked at ICRC for over a year. It was, by far, the most negative work environment I had ever worked in. The work that Heartland does is decent but the managers at ICRC do not care about the workers, worker morale or what workers think. They make decisions without talking with workers, there is no participation in decision making, which means that they usually make bad decisions. After a policy is put in place the workers cannot speak their mind because the managers, especially the director there, could care less.
Not only is morale low, not only is the work environment toxic, this information has been brought to the attention of the managers within YRS. The managers simply don't care what is going on at ICRC and work hard to protect the director there. The director is the person most responsible for the work environment there and she clearly has friends above her – more... that protect her. Turnover is very high too because of how it is to work at ICRC. They call themselves a human rights organization but they allow a center within their program to be run in such a horrible and authoritarian way, totally the opposite of the image they try to present. Whatever the work that the organization does on the whole, those that run YRS (in particular ICRC) do not share the spirit or image the organization tries to present.
As crazy as it sounds, I don't think the managers at ICRC have been trained on how to improve worker morale or productivity. You would think otherwise, given that it is a "human rights" organization.
If you work at ICRC you will feel worthless. You will not be heard. You will feel expendable. You will not be complimented on anything you do. You will be micro-managed. If you speak up you will be targeted. If you go to HR they will turn around and tell the managers of YRS what you said and will do nothing. Same with Employee Services. Just expect to feel like dirt and for no one within management to care or do anything about that."
Former employee, thank you for writing about the truth. – less