Save the Children

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Save the Children Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
56 Reviews
3.8
56 Reviews
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if you are working in the developed country (in 4 reviews)

  • nice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Leadership is completely lacking, and individuals at a Director or VP level shun decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • Staff turnover in hardship posts are relatively high, so senior management at some field offices are not stable (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Save yourself the aggravation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    'intelligent co-workers who are for the most part friendly

    Cons

    -poor top management decision-making, constant changing of strategy
    -too many unproductive meetings
    -very political, its who you know rather than your job performance
    -low pay which is the norm but some make good salaries here for many years and do not produce while others have -heavy workload which is never questioned
    -some have 'work from home' privileges but others do not making it very unfair
    -questionable account practices and use of 'preferred' vendor's who overcharged but is it overlooked because theyhave an 'in' with someone in top management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrisy, abuse abound at Save the Children

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    STC 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sr. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Externally 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.

    Cons

    Questionable 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Response to applications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    Some very dedicated people, particularly national staff in country.

    Cons

    None, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's nightmarish.

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

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remember 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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