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Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. THE best place to work!

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People in Child Trends are super nice! The leadership team is very supportive and provides suggestions and/or assistance with the work whenever needed. And the researchers and staff in Child Trends are smart AND thoughtful. We really enjoy working with and learning from each other when doing the highest quality of work in support of our mission. Because of such a amiable politics-free environment, I personally have become more positive and self-confident after working at Child Trends.

    Cons

    As Child Trends is growing fast, there are even more interesting projects and promising opportunities and it's been hard to pursue all of them. So I have to say "no" once in a while.

    Child Trends Response

    Feb 10, 2015Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    You summarized it so well! "We really enjoy working with and learning from each other when doing the highest quality of work in support of our mission." That really is th heart of it. Thank you for ... More

  2. Old-fashioned.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends

    Pros

    --Mission driven
    --Nice co-workers
    --Depending on your department/area of expertise, there's some good experience to be had

    Cons

    --Very much behind the times in terms of culture and technology
    --Be prepared for lower than average compensation unless you've been in the field for over 15 years as well as very little to no other incentives (but in all fairness, this is a non-profit)
    --Lack of diversity

  3. Helpful (2)

    Nice group of people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization that has a solid mission and intelligent folks.

    Cons

    Atmosphere/company policies are antiquated. Not particularly generous with vacation or perks. Technology is really outdated. With comparison to company culture/technology and benefits, other non-profits of this size and budget manage to offer much more than Child Trends does.

    Child Trends Response

    Jan 29, 2015Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    Our benefits are better than many of our peers. We offer our medical and other plans at costs lower than national averages, and more people use them here (83%) than do nationally (79%) or compared to ... More

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  5. Dream come true!

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone here is extremely welcoming, nice, and supportive. I feel like I have learned so much from my colleagues, yet have also had multiple opportunities to share my expertise. Management really seems to care about us, and the company is very flexible. It also feels great to work for a company that is so well respected in the field.

    Cons

    They do their best to support the transition of new hires, but the work builds up very quickly so you have to be ready to hit the ground running. There could be some improvement in articulation of project deadlines, especially when you are working on multiple projects so you know what to prioritize.

  6. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been at Child Trends almost 4 years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I often feel guilty when I hear friends complaining about how unsatisfied they are in their jobs and with their employers, because I feel the opposite. My supervisors have always been very supportive of me, and encouraged and given me the opportunities to grown and advance. Upper management honestly strives for us to have a work-life balance, which is not common in the DC area. All of this on top of the fact that the work we do TRULY matters.

    Cons

    Sadly, summer is the busiest time of year. As Child Trends funds its work primarily through grants and contracts, many of which come out in late spring/early summer, we must "earn our keep." But it slows back down again!

    Advice to Management

    While management encourages work life balance, the implementation varies by program area, so continue to work w/ senior staff on setting the example.

  7. Have 5+ years here; Child Trends maintains its deserved reputation for high-quality, accessible work.

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

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vital, collegial atmosphere. Lots of thoughtful, intelligent co-workers. Reasonably diverse staff. Opportunities for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    workload can sometimes seesaw in response to chasing and landing contracts. Some issues with equity across content areas, in terms of opportunities for interaction on multiple projects.

    Advice to Management

    Need to carve out some spec work, to preserve some independence from funders.

    Child Trends Response

    Jan 29, 2015Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    It is such a compliment to everyone here at Child Trends to have someone who has been here more than five years describe us as "vital" and having "opportunities for advancement"; this is exactly the ... More

  8. Smart people, who are also nice! A great place to grow.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Child Trends is a good place to work, especially for the DC area - people are a lot nicer than I've heard they are elsewhere. There are good flex policies (many people work remotely, at least partially) and there are clear steps to promotion, so you can count on growth. The company has a big emphasis on mentoring employees and letting people work across program areas, and is always looking for ways to improve retention. The salaries are pretty good for mid-level employees (me), though the cost of living in this area is still a problem for anyone who is not loaded. Probably 95% of the people here are women, which is not a pro or con, but might say something about the company culture. The president of the org is AMAZING, smart and very accessible. The org is always growing and jobs are fairly secure.

    Cons

    Because Child Trends has a great reputation, we keep getting more work. We keep hiring people, but sometimes the work load can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    You talk a lot about work-life balance, which is great, but it's hard for people to voice that they have too much to do when they're trying to move up the ladder. It'd be great if supervisors could get some training or notice to be on the lookout for reports who are working a lot of extra time or skipping lunches, to tell their staff that they recognize that, and to re-distribute the workload accordingly.

  9. Helpful (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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. Getting even better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep listening

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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!

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