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Child Trends Reviews

Updated April 28, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014
16 Reviews
4.3
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Getting even better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing people, high level of expertise and training, willing to listen to any ideas on how to make the place better--and it's working. New staff council is a great addition. And our new location is Bethesda is BEAUTIFUL and right in the middle of everything!

    The organization had a great year last year (after a series of good years), so the projects and opportunities are getting more exciting all the time.

    Cons

    None... well, ok, a roof top deck would complete the picture!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Depending on the Team - Area of work, work experiences vary. Some teams are better to work for than others.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    Its a solid place to work right after college, you get some on the field experience.

    Cons

    Compensation rates are really low, however it is a non profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  3.  

    Mission driven and grounded in the facts about children and families

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Child Trends is grounded in its mission - Research to improve children's lives - and all staff share this common goal. The work we do is interesting, and management is supportive of tailoring our work to our interests.

    Cons

    Writing proposals for new work is an important but disruptive (to current work) activity. Child Trends is still working to make this process less stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to hire more ethnic/culturally diverse personnel so we can better represent the demographics we research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wow, what amazing people, who are really using research to change the world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends

    Pros

    The people are wicked smart--and nice.
    My colleagues are experts in their fields, and I learn every day.
    The organization is growing quickly, which means more opportunity.

    Cons

    Nothing; I am so happy here!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mission-driven organization with highly-motivated, dedicated staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A clear, strong mission to improve children's lives through rigorous research.
    Strong ethics and values.
    Motivated, productive colleagues.
    Inter-departmental collaboration, and opportunities to work on a variety of different projects and use a diverse skill set.
    Variety day-to-day, and in work content.

    Cons

    As Child Trends expands and grows satellite sites, tough decisions have to be made about how to allocate and use limited resources to meet increasing needs for space, equipment, staff, etc. Close attention must be paid --and a concerted effort made-- to ensure that satellite offices and employees working remotely feel included, that their requests are being heard, and that their needs are being considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue strengthening the process for supporting satellite offices and employees to ensure that their voices are being heard and considered, and that their needs are being met in a timely, adequate fashion.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A flexible workplace with lots of room for career growth!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mission focused
    Care about quality products
    Work with very smart colleagues who share their knowledge to improve your development
    A flexible family friendly environment and schedule
    High integrity in the people and the work
    You want to be friends with your colleagues even outside of work

    Cons

    A very organized person can succeed here because it requires skillful time management to get your work done and not feel overwhelmed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people in creative ways for their accomplishments. A raise and a promotion are always nice, but sometimes public acknowledgement or other bonuses would also work well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love going to work each day!

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    Truly collaborative work environment; Supportive colleagues range from friendly peers to senior level mentors; Commitment to high-quality research that can be immediately applied in and disseminated to the real world

    Cons

    Variation in experiences of staff in different program areas; in other words, depending on a person's program area, he or she might have a very different experience in their workload, expectations from managers, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up your practice of soliciting feedback from all levels of staff -- everyone in this organization has valuable lessons and/or suggestions to share.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Rewarding work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    Diverse work and clear direction

    Cons

    Growth opportunities for staff being developed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Introduction to research in a non-academic setting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    My coworkers at Child Trends are great to work with, and learn from. They care about my professional interests and development. As a junior staff member, I have a lot of say about the projects and tasks I work on.

    Cons

    In my experience, junior staff tend to stay in the office most of the time rather than interacting with clients and other professionals in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewards (bonuses, promotions, or otherwise) for exceptional work could boost morale when day-to-day work can sometimes become mundane.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mission driven, dedicated to high quality research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues who care about their research
    Interest in helping nonprofits grow in their research capacity
    Opportunities to work across programs areas and learn more from a "whole child" perspective

    Cons

    At times can be hard to maintain work/life balance
    Some "growing pains" as Child Trends gets larger, but senior management works very to listen across the organization to the changing organizational needs and address them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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