Save the Children

  www.savethechildren.org
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Positive experience with dedicated people

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  • Senior Management
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Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

I worked at Save the Children full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Very mission and goal oriented. Employees are dedicated to doing the right thing for children. Work / life balance is improving with the arrival of new CEO.

Cons

Decision process for management seems a little ad hoc sometimes. The organization needs a reliable stream of undesignated funds for its programs. Year to year funding is to volatile.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need a clear mission for US programs. The department seems adrift.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A place I felt proud to work, but needs staff restructuring.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    I worked at Save the Children as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing causes that got you inspired to work everyday.
    Casual environment where everyone got their job done.
    Managers that were flexible and understood your strengths and needs.

    Cons

    I felt some departments needed restructuring, due to inefficient job allocation. (Few people's job titles matched their duties.) Lack of standardized procedure in some areas. Some people had poor understanding of current marketing techniques. Resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a consultant to see if company resources are being maximized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    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 (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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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