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Great Mission - Bad Career Move

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Westport, CT
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

I have been working at Save the Children full-time

Pros

A great mission and flexible work schedule. A lot of "Career training" available. If you need a flexible work schedule this is the place - for a while.

Competitive salary for a non-profit.

The underlying desire is there among most employees to really make a difference in the lives of children and tends to attract some very smart and interesting people.

Cons

Terrible Senior Management, No Career Movement, Participation in "Career Training Programs" ultimately leads to no career movement.

Many of the Senior management tend to create an unnecessarily competitive environment which lead to a tense working situation. The struggle to be recognized among mid managers lead to an almost impossible environment for teamwork and ultimately very unprofessional behavior.

To anyone who both wants to make a difference and is also career oriented, Save the Children is a mixed bag. Yes its a great mission. Unfortunately the organization is a career killer and most of the talent realize this after a few years and jump ship to other organizations. Senior management accountability is almost non existent.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A lot of very talented employees, on ALL levels, leave due to lack of career movement and a feeling of being taken advantage of. Many resort to staying only for flexible work arrangements.

As a non-profit you need to deliver on promises to dedicated employees and create REAL opportunities to grow and be challenged or you will continue to have good people jump ship at the first opportunity.

Show appreciation for talent who are willing to dedicate there lives and careers to the mission and the mission will be a huge success. The cost of losing good employees is much more than the cost of keeping them.

Suggestion - A real 360 degree evaluation program of senior management in which all employees under them are required to participate in. Senior management should be held publicly accountable to these 360s.

Neutral Outlook

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    The select few of upper management are very impressed with themselves

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    Current Employee - Program Associate  in  Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

    A good mission, important work to be done

    Cons

    Very political and upper management protects their power base at all costs. Maintaining and enlarging their turf takes precedence over the mission or hiring/keeping talented people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to hire effective people rather ones that help the managers protect their turf.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive experience with dedicated people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for 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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