Save the Children
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www.savethechildren.org Westport, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Things Will Not Change until Top Management Changes

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

Pros- build professional relationships with most of the people I work with;
- flexibility of work schedule [usually] when there are emergencies with family/kids;

Cons- it seems the finance department is a mess, there is a lack of leadership. When you have folks in management roles for 20-30 years, innovation and change go out the window - no, these aren't even allowed at the door. Many new people come in, but they are also the first to leave. Either these "lifers" need to switch to another department for a while or start an exchange program with other NGOs, to get some fresh blood in there, but nothing will change until the senior finance folks change - and sadly, it doesn't look like any of 'em will leave soon. Westport isn't exactly the HUB for NGOs, ya know. Forget it if you are a woman! The top finance folks will use the passive-agressive behaviour technique to force you out. You could have great ideas, but if the senior managers are the ones responsible for the idea: forget it. B-Level managers DO NOT hire A-level staff here. It's more like C-level managers though and they ain't hiring anyone who will outshine or outperform them.
- Get rid of the conflicts of interest and nepotism. This ain't a family business. Husbands and wives working in the same department - come on. Uncles, cousins, sister-in-laws being hired or brought in from overseas? There are many many qualified Americans who can do the work.. Oh yeah, it makes it hard to have a disagreement with a co-worker if her husband is your boss: can you say conflict of interest????!!! Cut the nepotism and put a conflict of interest policy in place
- Lack of transparency: people are given promotions or new positions without a new position being advertised. As for hiring, if you are in a clique, don't worry about applying for new positions because you can earn a new position even if you aren't qualified. you just have to be in the "clique."
- Lack of follow up from HR when one interviews for a position. You usually find out from the Announcment Page when someone has been hired for a position for which you were interviewed. HR needs to get back to candidates BEFORE announcing who has been selected to fill a position.
- Lack of direction with this whole Save the Children International thing - there has been such a lack of communication from mangement downwards; lack of planning; there are plans in place, but the senior management doesn't want to share with staff - like they feel empowered by holding information. Managers don't work with employees to get them into other positions (probably cause they are looking at protecting their own jobs)
- Performance Evaluations - they have a quota of how many people can get each rating. So regardless of how highly your supervisor may think of your performance, if the senior managers don't want you to get a high rating, you ain't gonna get it. year after year, my supervisor comes back to apologize that his/her evaluation of me what rejected because the rating was too high.
- Misuse of funds - when you see photos of children who look like they are starving, don't think all your donations reach them...there are $60,000 + vehicles being purchased for employee use to take their children to/fm the private schools or $4,200/month homes being rented, swimming pools that need to be cleaned; best thing is to designate your contributions to a specific cause

Advice to Senior ManagementLet the "lifers" those who've been there for 15 years + get some outside world experience or move them to another department.

Cut the "bring your spouse/cousin/nephew/uncle/son" to work policy. They can come visit, but let one of them stay, not both. It's not good for morale, business.

Have an open, transparent hiring/promotion practice. HR recruiters need to get back to candidates with solid feedback or honesty in terms of what a supervisor is looking for/why candidate not selected.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Absolutely Awsome

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    I have been working at Save the Children as an intern for less than a year


    Pros: From the people you are brought to work with, the enthusiasm generated by the job to the… Cons: Probably the pay, as an intern. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Sanghar (Pakistan)

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Save the Children is one of the leading non profit organization working for the child rights in 160 countries… Cons: I love my work..... so I don't think so Advice to Senior Management: Must arrange some more capacity building trainings. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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