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Save the Children Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
Updated February 5, 2015
15 Reviews
3.0
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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.  

    Still recovering from global restructuring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Westport, CT
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Westport, CT

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly; lots of interesting brown bag events for interns; well-established organization with great mission

    Cons

    Intern program was disorganized, but it could have just been that way in my department because my immediate supervisor left in the middle of the summer. Many boring hours with nothing to do, even after requesting additional work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn on both sides

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Mission, but revolving door of staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Public Policy and Advocacy Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern

    Pros

    nice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization

    Cons

    disorganized, lack central organization of department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some Great People But Little Upward Mobility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

    Made some great friends, had some interesting travel opportunities. They felt like my family for the many years I worked there.

    Cons

    Upper management--lots of changes. Getting used to the pace and vibe of new bosses all the time is tiring, and also affects one's ability to move up. Layoffs and restructuring seems to happen every few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the talent you already have.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Accounting Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in West Columbia, SC
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in West Columbia, SC

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Encourages independent work, gives plenty of opportunities to allow intern to apply the knowledge he/she gained in an academic setting. Great company culture. Results-oriented. Diversity is welcomed.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for career growth as intern. Diversity across generations (Baby Boomers, X, Y) was not prevalent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good cause, but behind the times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    It's good to work for a company that is doing good in the world.

    Cons

    They are not up to current technology standards. Save is full of people who still believe in Direct Mail and are afraid of the Web

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the company forward to atttract newer, younger donors

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Need to improve a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Opportunity to travel and learn from field.

    Cons

    Defunct leadership
    No growth
    Lesser pay
    Poor work culture
    Nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sensitive to employees need and professional growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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