Children International Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. 'Dialoguer' responsible for extolling the virtues of sponsoring a child to passerby.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children International part-time

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

    Pros

    Exciting, innovative, and intelligent work environment; the job training is excellent and organized. I learned valuable information while working there.

    Cons

    One must be completely informed about the various legal concepts surrounding this job in order to avoid making mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing what you do! Your work ethic is very inspiring.

  2. Great people, great mission, but major problems with upper management and HR.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children International full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of great people to work with
    Half day fridays
    Positive mission overall
    Staff trip every 4 years to visit a charity supported region

    Cons

    Nepotism and poor decision making in upper management and execeutive team
    Board is clueless of internal operations
    HR doesn't care about employees
    Pay below market value

    Advice to Management

    Show more employee appreciation. Your people are your greatest assets, listen to them. It's not worth saving a dollar now, if it'll cost you 10 later. The candidate you 'like' the most isn't always the best person for the job.

  3. Wonderful place to work with great new management!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Children International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful work
    Half Day Fridays
    Family First attitude
    Great Benefits
    True Leadership (new CEO)

    Cons

    No room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path you are currently on, but be sure to listen to the people that are doing the work. They are valuable assets and should be utilized.

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  5. Overall it is a mediocre company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Children International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling to help use personal time less.

    Cons

    Overworked/underpaid, lack of leadership. Benefits are offered but not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what goes on in the department so there is not such a disconnect between the managers and workers.

  6. Lovely Organization, Treats Employees Well

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children International full-time

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

    Pros

    Work in Sponsor Services Department. Lovely management, very communicative. Give out lots of incentives (to at least most of the team). Inbound team can move up quickly. (others, iffy). Lots of chance for growth with the company. They are doing very good work as well. I believe in what they do, nothing shady. Just helping kids in intelligent ways.

    Cons

    Repetitive work, being on the phones with donors all day (in my particular department). Often communication with management is good, but sometimes they are too busy to really attend to very detailed questions.

  7. Good place as a new graduate from university.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children International full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nonprofit that does good and impactful work
    Relaxed business atmosphere
    Good employee relationships

    Cons

    No real personal growth
    Big, big, BIG on politics

    Once you get hired, you're pretty much stuck in the same position for a long time. Leaders are all elderly and the young entrepreneurial staff members either have to jump through hoops to get things done or receive push back from the top.

    Advice to Management

    With the new CEO, let's bring some change to really push this company's success FORWARD.

  8. Work Place

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    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Children International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great starter job for a new Graduate

    Cons

    No advancement opportunity for long term.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friday afternoons off
    Slick new building
    Informal attire
    Feeling like you could make a difference for kids in poor countries

    Cons

    Like another review said, the place is a big bag of politics and nepotism. People are given offices and titles who are ridiculously incompetent. All their efforts, when they are not in endless meetings that produce nothing, go into putting smart people down so nobody gets a chance to show what professional standards in the rest of the working world actually look like. Everything is slow, bloated, and so complicated it's like a bad joke sometimes. You see people just sort of snark and shrug around the coffee machines, because they don't know what else to do. You will not be promoted on merit. There is no real management. Everybody gets to complicate every decision because nobody has the guts to define who's in charge of anything, so everyone feels entitled to be part of every decision. Everyone's an expert at Children International. Especially those who are actually completely unqualified. Our IT systems are so big and convoluted nobody knows how they work. Marketing just means throwing out as much as possible and hope some of it works. The Web sites (yes, they manage to churn out multiple, for one small company!) are embarrassing messes. It takes a special kind of talent to have so many people spend so much time in so many meetings and produce so little value. If you are smart and ambitious, you will be frustrated quickly, and you will have nothing to show for any time you spend here. Clueless people with titles will fight every good idea until you throw up your hands and quit, which is what they want so that they can run their little fiefdoms undisturbed. I am only here until I find another job.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the bloat, cut through the politics, set professional standards and get rid of people who are incompetent. Get some advice from *outside* on where the work people produce in there is actually up to the standards you would find anywhere else (don't just ask the same people who produced the current mess what they think is "good work"). And for God's don't just sit there and expect the people on the floor to just duke out the politics between themselves. Earn your "leadership" salaries and actually set some boundaries who is in charge of what!

  10. Helpful (1)

    An ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children International

    Pros

    CI is a non-profit group that helps Children living in poverty have access to the things they need to escape poverty as an adult, such as education and health care. The satisfaction knowing that you are helping, goes a long ways towards your job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Run like a large corporation, they consider all employees replaceable. You can either accept this attitude or leave.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your loyal employees, and don't jump onto hiring externally over qualified internal employees.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Friday afternoons off ...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at Children International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Friday afternoons off always good
    Non-profit that provides humanitarian good
    Benefits include retirement plan
    Customer service week fun for <some> employees

    Cons

    Heavy Politics, no career growth in company, nepotism, favoritism is rampant,
    hard work is rarely shown appreciation.
    Building is old and not fun to work in.
    Promotions are awarded under favoritism rather than merit
    Friday afternoons off don't make up for the cons

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and make changes that are needed. "Too many chiefs and not enough indians" culture. Encourage promotions to be given upon merit, rather than condoning the "good ol' boys club" atmosphere.

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