Children International

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Children International Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
5 Reviews
2.6
5 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place as a new graduate from university.

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

    I have been working at Children International full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Work Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great starter job for a new Graduate

    Cons

    No advancement opportunity for long term.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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

    I have been working at Children International full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  6.  

    Friday afternoons off ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at Children International

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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