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Mismanagement is endemic, employee development is not a priority, and creative, hardworking individuals are not valued.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Pay is good for a nonprofit, the reputation (deserved or not) looks good on your resume, and the people who are not in management positions tend to be very bright, friendly, passionate and hardworking.

Cons

Leadership is completely lacking, and individuals at a Director or VP level shun decision making. This would be ok if the rest of the organization was allowed to work to its true productivity, but alas, Save the Children managers tend to focus much more on keeping their positions and stifling creative ideas (a culture of "business as usual") than on employee development. It's too bad, because the number of excellent people coming into the organization is phenomenal, and they tend to leave within a year or less. Unless you plan to be field based, this is not a place where you will grow professionally.

Save the Children needs to figure out a way to work within its mission. It is becoming impossible to see the difference between Save the Children, Mercy Corps and CARE. The concentration on rampant fundraising (especially with US Government money) instead of on what people really want and need (supposedly the backbone of development and humanitarian work) is beyond disheartening. Save the Children will chase any money that is tossed before it.

Lastly, the finance department is a mess and it makes the working lives of anyone who has to depend at some point on finance for clear policies or guidance very difficult.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Not all managers should be managers. Folks who have risen in the ranks, mainly because of years with Save the Children, shouldn't necessarily be supervising people. Management takes skills and a level of caring about people that is lacking from your current managers. Make them advisers or use the "up or out" approach, but the process currently implemented is poisoning the organization.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great intentions bad management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    I'm proud to work at Save the Children and for an ogranization that helps to improve the quality of peoples life. Vacation is generous, if you can use it.

    Cons

    If you aren't one of the "in crowd" you won't get anywhere. If you want to settle, it's the place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to what the employees say. If you want to move forward, you need the support of your employees and can actually learn from them.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good work-life balance. Diversity.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Westport, CT

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Diversity. Nice people.

    Cons

    Detached location from the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more internship opportunities abroad would be helpful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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