Save the Children

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Save the Children Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
61 Reviews
3.7
61 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.  

    Intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern

    Pros

    Great working environment and great staff in Beijing, China

    Cons

    Paper work - but that is the life of an NGO

  2.  

    Attracts high caliber people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization

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

    I worked at Save the Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, amazing opportunities, compelling mission.

    I really enjoyed working at Save the Children, and feel that we were truly contributing in positive ways.

    Cons

    Some positions have unknown funding futures and employees outside the fundraising team can't do much to seek continued funds / more job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard to decrease bureaucratic barriers and layers.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    True commitment to excellence and impact for children.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience, great people, collaborative environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Was a great place to work being surrounded by such fun and enthusiastic people. It is an open and collaborative place to work.

    Cons

    Need to focus more on hiring and promoting talent. Could do more to incentivize and reward initiative.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Save the Children as a contractor

    Pros

    Super excited people in many different departments! It's great to work with people who are incredibly passionate, hardworking, and kind.

    Cons

    I only have one con; while about half of the management team in the DC office is wonderful, the other half is pretty abysmal when it comes to treating the employees in their department well. Having VPs throw temper tantrums when a meeting has to be moved is outrageous.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive experience with dedicated people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very mission and goal oriented. Employees are dedicated to doing the right thing for children. Work / life balance is improving with the arrival of new CEO.

    Cons

    Decision process for management seems a little ad hoc sometimes. The organization needs a reliable stream of undesignated funds for its programs. Year to year funding is to volatile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a clear mission for US programs. The department seems adrift.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    A place I felt proud to work, but needs staff restructuring.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing causes that got you inspired to work everyday.
    Casual environment where everyone got their job done.
    Managers that were flexible and understood your strengths and needs.

    Cons

    I felt some departments needed restructuring, due to inefficient job allocation. (Few people's job titles matched their duties.) Lack of standardized procedure in some areas. Some people had poor understanding of current marketing techniques. Resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a consultant to see if company resources are being maximized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good work-life balance. Diversity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Westport, CT

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Diversity. Nice people.

    Cons

    Detached location from the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more internship opportunities abroad would be helpful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    Child- and outcome-focused. Really getting the work done! Good strong history and legacy. Smart and talented leaders (some). Good benefits if in the field (not so great for US-based staff). Good reputation. Diverse funding base (and not overly reliant on USG funding).

    Cons

    Long hours, can be difficult to balance work/life. Travel can be extensive. Consensus-building management atmosphere (and consensus-building is really just about getting to lowest common demoninator).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's important to get this merger with the Alliance right! It can result in a huge ROI, but it must be managed well.

    No opinion of CEO

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