Save the Children
3.5 of 5 50 reviews
www.savethechildren.org Westport, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

Save the Children Reviews

Updated Jan 27, 2014
Save the Children – Sanghar – “Community Meeting”

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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles

Carolyn S. Miles

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    7 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrisy, abuse abound at Save the Children

    Director, Human Resources (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe mission of Save the Children is to provide lasting and positive change for children. There is no argument that this is a worthy cause. Many, many children and families' lives have been changed for the better due to the amazingly good work of the staff of STC. The commitment and passion shown for those in need is amazing.

    ConsSTC manages today as it did 35 years ago. Rather than a decision making process based on truth, facts and ROI's, decisions are based on political connections, tenure within the organization and how much money will it raise. Abusive, hostile treatment of employees is commonplace. Discrimintory practices are ignored, even when raised to Sr. Management. Fiscal responsibility is shallow at best. The HR department in Westport, CT is incompetent, and in need of an audit. There are violations of USAID requirements as well as EEO requirements. For an organization that employs more than 6,000 and has been around for 75 years, I was shocked by what I found.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSr. Management needs to take a hard look at itself. Several members of the Sr. Management team should be replaced by professionals who know how to run a business and who understand that a non-profit can be run like a for-profit and still achieve it's mission. The disconnect between their public image, the mission and their internal behavior will be your undoing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Focus on fundraising, not focused on people, including people with families.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExternally has a good brand and partners view Save the Children positively. There has been high turnover at the Washington/Westport level for the last 5+ years. Only some senior level people remain.

    ConsQuestionable practices swept under the rug/avoided despite so-called internal audit efforts; also one highly corrupt staff from the field was promoted to home office position, despite warnings from colleagues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on accountability, accountability, accountability, in conjunction the implementation of good programs for children, not just fundraising to help maintain bloated salaries at senior level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome very dedicated people, particularly national staff in country.

    ConsNone, never, one of the worst. If one applies through the website the automated response does not even confirm the specific job applied for. It's a basic, impersonal, screw you response. They do not follow-up at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's nightmarish.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat cause, excellent benefits. Among the past and current employees there are some very nice and talented people. The water view from CT office is superb, maybe a little ostentatious for a charity organization.

    ConsThe competition is cutting throat just like in other business, but office politics and resentment are way above average. Some managers are rude and abusive. Job training is almost non existing. The environment in certain department is toxic, lots of back stabbing, not much support. The pressure/experience can be traumatizing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that charity starts at home. The environment/culture needs to be improved, otherwise it will be hard to retain the talents, and worse, the survival of the organization can be in jeopardy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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