Save the Children
3.5 of 5 50 reviews
www.savethechildren.org Westport, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

Save the Children Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
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3.5 50 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles

Carolyn S. Miles

(15 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work / life balance is improving with the arrival of new CEO"
    in 3 reviews
  • "nice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management--lots of changes"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Leadership is completely lacking, and individuals at a Director or VP level shun decision making"
    in 3 reviews
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    Attracts high caliber people

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsSave the Children is one of the pinnacle leaders in the humanitarian industry. The leadership is transparent about decision making. I get respect when I tell people I work for Save the Children. I have traveled to some amazing places in my career here and met some amazing people. I have learned a lot in my time here.

    ConsWhile Save the Children's revenue last year was 640 million only a small portion of that revenue is in the form of unrestricted/ undesignated funds. Consequently the organization is constantly having to make hard choices when it comes to funding operations.. Some people lost their jobs last year because of it.

    Because all international operations were consolidated into a separate organization (Save the Children International) there are less international career opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease undesignated funding. Find ways for young professionals to build an international career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Mission, but revolving door of staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsAmazing mission
    Truly changing lives around the world
    Diversity of Staff really keeps you interested in the work.
    Seriously qualified staff

    ConsLeadership positions are constantly vacating and being restaffed
    This leads to multiple strategy changes
    Salaries are not near competitors in NYC or other metro areas
    Typical Bureaucratic issues when trying to accomplish a project

    Advice to Senior ManagementExit interviews with leaving staff should be considered. Stop hiring executives that are fly by night and using STC as a stepping stone. Great mission deserves great dedicated people

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

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    Prosnice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization

    Consdisorganized, lack central organization of department

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful people, amazing opportunities, compelling mission.

    I really enjoyed working at Save the Children, and feel that we were truly contributing in positive ways.

    ConsSome positions have unknown funding futures and employees outside the fundraising team can't do much to seek continued funds / more job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork hard to decrease bureaucratic barriers and layers.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I Love working for save the children

    Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsAwesome people, amazing statistics,wonderful cause, and wonderful job security

    Consthere are none besides the ignorance of people

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the great work SDG128

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    True commitment to excellence and impact for children.

    Specialist (Current Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsStaff and management have very high standards for our work, in a way that's very inspiring. The work environment is flexible and supportive, with many allowances for working remotely.

    ConsMany people like the office location (Southern CT), but it's a con for me because I find it boring, expensive, and difficult to get to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some Great People But Little Upward Mobility

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Westport, CT

    ProsMade some great friends, had some interesting travel opportunities. They felt like my family for the many years I worked there.

    ConsUpper management--lots of changes. Getting used to the pace and vibe of new bosses all the time is tiring, and also affects one's ability to move up. Layoffs and restructuring seems to happen every few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the talent you already have.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, great people, collaborative environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWas a great place to work being surrounded by such fun and enthusiastic people. It is an open and collaborative place to work.

    ConsNeed to focus more on hiring and promoting talent. Could do more to incentivize and reward initiative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Accounting Intern (Former Employee)
    West Columbia, SC

    ProsEncourages independent work, gives plenty of opportunities to allow intern to apply the knowledge he/she gained in an academic setting. Great company culture. Results-oriented. Diversity is welcomed.

    ConsNot many opportunities for career growth as intern. Diversity across generations (Baby Boomers, X, Y) was not prevalent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall a great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsSuper excited people in many different departments! It's great to work with people who are incredibly passionate, hardworking, and kind.

    ConsI only have one con; while about half of the management team in the DC office is wonderful, the other half is pretty abysmal when it comes to treating the employees in their department well. Having VPs throw temper tantrums when a meeting has to be moved is outrageous.

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