Child Trends Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Depending on the Team - Area of work, work experiences vary. Some teams are better to work for than others.

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

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a solid place to work right after college, you get some on the field experience.

    Cons

    Compensation rates are really low, however it is a non profit.


  2. Getting even better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, high level of expertise and training, willing to listen to any ideas on how to make the place better--and it's working. New staff council is a great addition. And our new location is Bethesda is BEAUTIFUL and right in the middle of everything!

    The organization had a great year last year (after a series of good years), so the projects and opportunities are getting more exciting all the time.

    Cons

    None... well, ok, a roof top deck would complete the picture!

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening


  3. Wow, what amazing people, who are really using research to change the world.

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

    I have been working at Child Trends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are wicked smart--and nice.
    My colleagues are experts in their fields, and I learn every day.
    The organization is growing quickly, which means more opportunity.

    Cons

    Nothing; I am so happy here!


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  5. Mission driven and grounded in the facts about children and families

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Child Trends is grounded in its mission - Research to improve children's lives - and all staff share this common goal. The work we do is interesting, and management is supportive of tailoring our work to our interests.

    Cons

    Writing proposals for new work is an important but disruptive (to current work) activity. Child Trends is still working to make this process less stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to hire more ethnic/culturally diverse personnel so we can better represent the demographics we research.


  6. I love going to work each day!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Truly collaborative work environment; Supportive colleagues range from friendly peers to senior level mentors; Commitment to high-quality research that can be immediately applied in and disseminated to the real world

    Cons

    Variation in experiences of staff in different program areas; in other words, depending on a person's program area, he or she might have a very different experience in their workload, expectations from managers, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up your practice of soliciting feedback from all levels of staff -- everyone in this organization has valuable lessons and/or suggestions to share.


  7. Top-notch mission-driven research organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Child Trends full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful, mission-driven research to improve kids lives.
    Friendly and talented colleagues (no egos).
    Superior management.
    Autonomy to pursue work of interest to you.
    Growing at a solid rate over time (even during recession), with good management of growth.
    Very strong benefits, particularly retirement benefit.

    Cons

    Particularly for smaller projects, timelines & budgets can be tight (at times, too tight for comfort).
    Almost all research positions are funded by soft money (i.e., government and foundation grants), although this is typical for similar research organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. A flexible workplace with lots of room for career growth!

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

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission focused
    Care about quality products
    Work with very smart colleagues who share their knowledge to improve your development
    A flexible family friendly environment and schedule
    High integrity in the people and the work
    You want to be friends with your colleagues even outside of work

    Cons

    A very organized person can succeed here because it requires skillful time management to get your work done and not feel overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people in creative ways for their accomplishments. A raise and a promotion are always nice, but sometimes public acknowledgement or other bonuses would also work well.


  9. Mission-driven organization with highly-motivated, dedicated staff.

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

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A clear, strong mission to improve children's lives through rigorous research.
    Strong ethics and values.
    Motivated, productive colleagues.
    Inter-departmental collaboration, and opportunities to work on a variety of different projects and use a diverse skill set.
    Variety day-to-day, and in work content.

    Cons

    As Child Trends expands and grows satellite sites, tough decisions have to be made about how to allocate and use limited resources to meet increasing needs for space, equipment, staff, etc. Close attention must be paid --and a concerted effort made-- to ensure that satellite offices and employees working remotely feel included, that their requests are being heard, and that their needs are being considered.

    Advice to Management

    Continue strengthening the process for supporting satellite offices and employees to ensure that their voices are being heard and considered, and that their needs are being met in a timely, adequate fashion.


  10. Mission driven, dedicated to high quality research

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

    I have been working at Child Trends (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart colleagues who care about their research
    Interest in helping nonprofits grow in their research capacity
    Opportunities to work across programs areas and learn more from a "whole child" perspective

    Cons

    At times can be hard to maintain work/life balance
    Some "growing pains" as Child Trends gets larger, but senior management works very to listen across the organization to the changing organizational needs and address them


  11. Rewarding work

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

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse work and clear direction

    Cons

    Growth opportunities for staff being developed



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