ChildFund International

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ChildFund International Reviews in Richmond, VA

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
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  1.  

    Wonderful colleagues... some of the most genuine and supportive people I've ever worked with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at ChildFund International as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The mission - everyone seems to take it to heart. Lots of easy-going people who are passionate about their work. Very informal and genial work environment. Good work/life balance. Supervisors offered tons of encouragement and were dedicated to my professional growth (even if that meant providing contacts with other organizations).

    Cons

    Not a true con, but my position didn't convert to a full-time salaried opportunity.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Questions must be raised and answered

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Another new executive leaves; yet the long-term leaders remain in office. Does this herald true change; will the others leave? That would be a PRO.

    Cons

    Three professional executives have now left the organization in the past six months. They were 'new' executives with solid backgrounds and each highly skilled. Other director-level staff, equally skilled, have also left, as have others at lower levels, also equally skilled. Seems to be an exodus of great talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the board, consider the facts: why has revenue declined for seven years under the same CEO? why has bridge failed without consequences? why have 'new' great leaders and other 'new' staff left (and will continue to do so)?; why is the strategic plan focused so narrowly on 'small sum donor' funding when there are serious programmatic problems with the sponsorship program and its leadership that need to be addressed before marketing can be more transparent?; why is the financial leadership so scared of the CEO? Some of the issues that need to be raised. There are more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Change needed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great 403b and Summer hours. Paid time off is fair. They also close and delay for snow and pay staff for that time.

    Cons

    Where to start? Its like mean girls in high school. This seems to create turnover every 18 months to 2 years. Never seem to fully staff the department because people there 20 years pick and choose who the will really train in their department and others will have to figure it out. Certain managers work 3 days and never put in pto on their time. Basically stealing. HR turns a blind eye and tells lower staff complaining "Well their managers, they can do whatever they want" Anyone keeping an eye on the managers abusing their position?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your middle managers. They are abusing their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    A dark week for Childfund

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    Current Employee - Finance in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Finance in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people and mission. An old organization that needs to come into the real world and it can with the right leadership. We lost the only leader who really wanted to do that.

    Cons

    The blindness of the CEO. She is uncaring and is not in touch with the people. This week we lost the only executive with skills, a heart for the mission, and a vision to lead us out of darkness, seven years of declining revenues. The CEO sent out an email saying that the head of fundraising resigned but everybody knows she would not have chosen to do that unless she was pushed. Unless she was so fed up with the problems that she had to get out of here. We are all scared. The other executives are weak and the CEO doesn't have the ability to lead this organization. The executive who has left was the only one who spoke up. She was loved by her staff and others because of her fairness and strength. But she was never part of the CEO in-crowd because she was too strong. It is a dark time for us now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the CEO and weak leadership and invite the head of fundraising to come back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very bad politically correct work environment with lots of politics and bad leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The idea of helping and saving children is the biggest pro, but after working at CFI for over 15 years there are better alternatives for donors and making an impact.

    Cons

    Politics: this is a very political place to work and most of the politics comes from senior leadership but it is found across all parts of the US office. It is a very politically correct environment and the internal complaints process is a joke with one of my colleagues being warned about not wearing her shoes while sitting at her desk.

    Leadership: the CEO is well meaning but has no sense of direction or the importance of funding for our work. We have had 7 years of dropping revenues and changing the name to ChildFund from Christian Children's Fund has been disastrous on fundraising. Over leadership team are constantly changing direction with no clear strategy or discipline.

    Mediocrity: always seems to win and it comes from the top with the Executive Team and Division Heads being very weak, fighting with each other and being very indecisive. Good people are quickly boxed in, and either leave or are let go in the regular budget cutting exercise which is brings a lot of stress as you wonder if this time it will be you who is let go. It doesn't matter if you are very good at your job either and forget about performance related reviews feeding into your development or pay rises as you get the same no matter how good or bad you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board should clean out senior leadership and take a very close look at the big ticket projects which are failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    An unfortunate situation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are plenty of nice people that work at ChildFund and it gives the place a "family" feel. Over the years, this has diminished a bit, but it is still strong among certain departments/groups. The retirement contributions are awesome, they offer the traditional match but they also contribute 6% of your salary to your account. During the summer months you have the option to work 9 hours Monday -Thursday and 4 hours on Friday, which is great!

    Cons

    A weak senior management team is the source of all of the organization's problems. Employees do not trust some of the VPs and both moral and revenue have been declining over the years. We're also in the middle of a multi-million dollar project that is supposed to be our saving grace but a lot of people feel that it isn't going to deliver.

    There has been some turn over at the VP level over the last year or two, which is great, but there is one in particular that really needs to go. Unfortunately, we're probably going to be stuck with them for at least another year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees, a lot of people think you're painting a picture that isn't 100% accurate.

    Stop falling for the smoke and mirrors that are being put up by a certain manager that is only interested in protecting themself.

    Listen to your employees and don't be afraid to make tough decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Board of Directors is snowed by CEO and Management

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    Current Employee - Support in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Support in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helping children in need across the globe.

    Cons

    The President and CEO is paid an outrageous salary and only thinks about herself. Treat their employees badly. It's a very stressful place to work. The employees are underpaid while the President and CEO and executive team salaries are off the charts. For a non-profit, top heavy is not a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board of Directors needs to really look into how the company is truly run. The BOD meetings are just for show. It can be a very dangerous thing when Boards are only involved four times a year for a showy presentation of how well the company is doing. If they were to work in the actual environment for a few weeks, they might pick up on something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    very supportive

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International

    Pros

    focus on children and youth that are deprived, excluded and vulnerable

    Cons

    can't think of anything, except the low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on doing the great work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working at ChildFund to help children in need is very fulfilling, however growth opportunities have proven very limited.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International

    Pros

    ChildFund provides vital programs that help children and families in need in 31 countries around the world including the U.S.

    Cons

    Growth and development opportunities have proven limited, at least in my experience there. I have also observed that management positions are generally filled from the outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to align the spoken objectives, vision and values with those actually practiced. Continue working to create a culture of trust, integrity, openness and honesty among internal stakeholders--employees. Champion diversity of thought and experience and foster innovation and challenge so that employees are motivated to make recommendations.

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