Save the Children Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Saving Lives of Children in poverty

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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Save the Children part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A mission to save lives , finding sponsoring Angels on Earth

    Cons

    none except peoples disregard of this mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on doing a Blessed job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Still recovering from global restructuring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Based Program Director
    Current Employee - Field Based Program Director

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    In some parts of the organization, there is some innovative work happening. You feel part of some great work on the ground and making a real difference in the lives of children. Depending on the type of contract you have, the salary and benefits can range from excellent to average. Good career opportunities within the organization.

    Cons

    Save the Children is still recovering from their global restructuring in recent years. There is poor communication and cooperation among country office and member and program countries and the global systems to improve this are still forming. Member countries often do not understand well the contexts of various program countries and therefore provide unhelpful and sometimes hurtful support to program offices. Its not a very 'mission' and values driven organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide open feedback mechanisms for country offices. For example, program offices should be able to provide feedback on member country technical support. Focus on culture and context based programming. One size does not fit all and we need to move beyond this mindset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great mission

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    Great place to work because they are entirely focused on helping disadvantaged children

    Cons

    Competitive, high level of change both internally and externally

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. My experience working for Save the Children has been mostly positive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Save the Children is a family-oriented nonprofit that values mobility across departments. The organization has a strong mission and values focused on helping children in the US and abroad through emergency response and longer-term development programs.

    Cons

    It is challenging to get promoted within your unit. Positions become available based on business needs. It is very rare if a new role or promotion comes about as a result of the performance of an individual. So, employees typically have to be willing to apply for jobs in other areas, wait for a superior to leave, or luck out if a new job is created in order to move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend placing a higher emphasis on creating policies and documentation across key business-driving areas. I also suggest investing more in technology, infrastructure, and other resources to improve employees' ability to work efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to learn on both sides

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    Current Employee - Financial
    Current Employee - Financial

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Growing fast, mostly nice people, great mission as nonprofit

    Cons

    Leadership changed a lot during past years and create much instability; bureaucracy widely exists as a large organization; this organization intends to hire less people for more work so you work can either be overloaded or delayed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management team is far away from most of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Attracts high caliber people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Westport, CT

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Save the Children is one of the pinnacle leaders in the humanitarian industry. The leadership is transparent about decision making. I get respect when I tell people I work for Save the Children. I have traveled to some amazing places in my career here and met some amazing people. I have learned a lot in my time here.

    Cons

    While Save the Children's revenue last year was 640 million only a small portion of that revenue is in the form of unrestricted/ undesignated funds. Consequently the organization is constantly having to make hard choices when it comes to funding operations.. Some people lost their jobs last year because of it.

    Because all international operations were consolidated into a separate organization (Save the Children International) there are less international career opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase undesignated funding. Find ways for young professionals to build an international career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Mission, but revolving door of staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing mission
    Truly changing lives around the world
    Diversity of Staff really keeps you interested in the work.
    Seriously qualified staff

    Cons

    Leadership positions are constantly vacating and being restaffed
    This leads to multiple strategy changes
    Salaries are not near competitors in NYC or other metro areas
    Typical Bureaucratic issues when trying to accomplish a project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exit interviews with leaving staff should be considered. Stop hiring executives that are fly by night and using STC as a stepping stone. Great mission deserves great dedicated people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. I Love working for save the children

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people, amazing statistics,wonderful cause, and wonderful job security

    Cons

    there are none besides the ignorance of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work SDG128

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. True commitment to excellence and impact for children.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Specialist in Westport, CT

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Staff and management have very high standards for our work, in a way that's very inspiring. The work environment is flexible and supportive, with many allowances for working remotely.

    Cons

    Many people like the office location (Southern CT), but it's a con for me because I find it boring, expensive, and difficult to get to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful

    Great Mission - Bad Career Move

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    A great mission and flexible work schedule. A lot of "Career training" available. If you need a flexible work schedule this is the place - for a while.

    Competitive salary for a non-profit.

    The underlying desire is there among most employees to really make a difference in the lives of children and tends to attract some very smart and interesting people.

    Cons

    Terrible Senior Management, No Career Movement, Participation in "Career Training Programs" ultimately leads to no career movement.

    Many of the Senior management tend to create an unnecessarily competitive environment which lead to a tense working situation. The struggle to be recognized among mid managers lead to an almost impossible environment for teamwork and ultimately very unprofessional behavior.

    To anyone who both wants to make a difference and is also career oriented, Save the Children is a mixed bag. Yes its a great mission. Unfortunately the organization is a career killer and most of the talent realize this after a few years and jump ship to other organizations. Senior management accountability is almost non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of very talented employees, on ALL levels, leave due to lack of career movement and a feeling of being taken advantage of. Many resort to staying only for flexible work arrangements.

    As a non-profit you need to deliver on promises to dedicated employees and create REAL opportunities to grow and be challenged or you will continue to have good people jump ship at the first opportunity.

    Show appreciation for talent who are willing to dedicate there lives and careers to the mission and the mission will be a huge success. The cost of losing good employees is much more than the cost of keeping them.

    Suggestion - A real 360 degree evaluation program of senior management in which all employees under them are required to participate in. Senior management should be held publicly accountable to these 360s.

    Neutral Outlook

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