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Save the Children International Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with multiple partner organisations and dynamic work environment

    Cons

    There was no major problem

  2.  

    Interesting and challenging work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children International

    Pros

    I was able to grow as a researcher because of the challenges involved working with an international team and in an unfamiliar environment.

    Cons

    Communication and direction can be difficult given the sheer number of projects being worked on. Felt like the research was not being done as thoroughly as it should have been.

  3.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Coordinator in Tacloban, Tacloban (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Field Coordinator in Tacloban, Tacloban (Philippines)

    I worked at Save the Children International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    All, salary, benefits, work environment

    Cons

    none. everything is great and cool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Volunteer during school

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

    I worked at Save the Children International part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I volunteered for save the children while I was in high school. Overall my fellow volunteers were friendly and the senior staff very committed.

    Cons

    Standing around on the street asking strangers for money eventually gets tiresome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and make sure everybody pulls their own weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Starter for beginning ones career

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

    I have been working at Save the Children International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and environment to work under

    Cons

    Hectic working hours and mercurial job nature at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    highly beneficial for professional growth

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children International

    Pros

    learning capacity, career growth, development

    Cons

    management hiring issues, some times lack of awareness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hiring/promotions on merit

  8.  

    N/A

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Accra (Ghana)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Accra (Ghana)

    I worked at Save the Children International

    Pros

    you work with people you can learn and you also have fun. everyday you will learn and that is so good because you also grow personally

    Cons

    you work on challenging project and it enhance your leadership skills which also help you to build a better career. working different people with different will help you know different cultures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proceed with Caution - Know What You Are Getting Yourself Info Before You Commit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Save the Children International

    Pros

    The work is very engaging, and is both dynamic and rewarding

    The organisation attracts a high level of great, specialised expertise

    Most people are in the job for the greater good and are therefore very passionate and dedicated about what they do and are eager to contribute and help where and when they can (if capacity is not an issue)

    Experience can be dictated by department. In my experience and what I have noticed in late hours in the office is that IT and Logistics tend to be very overworked and in the office during very late hours. Finance and HR seem to leave at normal hours. Staff working for and with international staff in all departments are expected to work long hours to account for the difference in timezone. I would advise that you be clear on the expectation of your role and department before taking a job with Save because work/life balance can be either very good or non-existent depending on what you are accountable for and/or the competency of your management line. I would ask many questions in your interview of what your deliverables/expectations are, and stick to that, and remind management/HR of your original commitment if it becomes a problem (see cons)

    Location of office behind Trafalgar Square is good for after work hours activities, including many movie premiers (though due to the cons below I very rarely took advantage of this!)

    Cons

    The organisation/senior leadership oversells/overcommits itself, and then expects their staff to pick up the slack. The further down the management line you go, the worse the pressure is. "Pressure" is a word that is used a great deal at Save. As a result, staff members get burnt out and leave. For many, work/life balance is non-existence and people often go on sick leave and have physical, mental and emotional health problems. The rate of turnover both in London and in country is extremely high and has a great impact on teams and the end result of all initiatives / projects. I have heard that experience at a Save the Children member (such as SC US, SC UK or SC Denmark) is remarkably different. Note that SCI is a young organisation, as it is part of a wider re-organisation effort to unify all the individual members.

    Because of the overcommitment, getting capacity from people not under your direct control can be excrutiatingly difficult. People will often do anything to get out of additional work and/or making a decision - not because they don't care but because they do not have clear priorities because they have been asked to do too much. There is a big problem with "lip service" where people say they will do something, then do not do it (especially if they are not accountable).

    It may seem trite but the office space is not adequate. This makes planning for collaborative sessions very difficult, and at the last minute impossible. They have a "hot desking" approach which means that many staff have to find a new seat daily which can be annoying when you have alot to do in the morning. I have sometimes switched desks twice a day which was very distracting. If the office is busy, there is no where to take a private phone call - and if they hold a training or seminar collaborating with your peers is logistically very difficult. It's also an open plan office with too many people, and is not a very conducive environment for "heads down" work. Senior leadership get defensive when you raise this as an issue, and expect you to put in hours to make up for the lack of ability to collaborate due to both office space issues and lack of capacity and turnover issues. The good news is that most managers do allow for some work from home for desk work, however you may find yourself on the phone and wishing you had just gone in. Many people agree with me in that actual office environment is a very stressful place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your staff, and be clear on what you can and can't deliver as an organisation. Be clear and make decisions on what your staff's priorities are. The only way to make a difference is to keep competent staff to create and complete important life-saving initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nauru Program

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

    I worked at Save the Children International

    Pros

    People are highly motivated, friendly and very ethical towards their role. There are a number of opportunities you can gain around working in development programmes. Salary is good.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are the FIFO lifestyle and its impact on work life balance. Low opportunities for training and self development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how staff advocate and their responsibilities. Consider initiating some form of training and development for everyone.

  11.  

    Community mobilization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Community Mobilization Officer in Yambio (Sudan)
    Current Contractor - Community Mobilization Officer in Yambio (Sudan)

    I have been working at Save the Children International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Job related to specialization.
    Former experience.
    skill in mobilization

    Cons

    Diverse organization with very many employees.
    Too many employees and it take long for new employees to get to familiarize with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proper new employee's orientation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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