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

Save the Children Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
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3.5 50 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles

Carolyn S. Miles

(15 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Attracts high caliber people

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsSave 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.

    ConsWhile 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 Senior ManagementIncrease undesignated funding. Find ways for young professionals to build an international career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful people, amazing opportunities, compelling mission.

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork hard to decrease bureaucratic barriers and layers.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    True commitment to excellence and impact for children.

    Specialist (Current Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsStaff 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.

    ConsMany 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, great people, collaborative environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

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

    ConsI 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.

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    Positive experience with dedicated people

    Associate Director (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsDecision 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 Senior ManagementNeed a clear mission for US programs. The department seems adrift.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsAmazing 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.

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementHire a consultant to see if company resources are being maximized.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work-life balance. Diversity.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsGood work-life balance. Diversity. Nice people.

    ConsDetached location from the city.

    Advice to Senior Managementmore internship opportunities abroad would be helpful

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsChild- 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).

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

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    Saving Mothers and CHildren in Humanitarian Crises

    Program Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Wajir (Kenya)

    ProsOpen-door policy,friendly staff,performance oriented environment

    ConsShort-term contracts that lead to turn over

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good Leadership spirit

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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