Save the Children Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles
Carolyn S. Miles
31 Ratings

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if you are working in the developed country (in 4 reviews)

  • nice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Leadership is completely lacking, and individuals at a Director or VP level shun decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • Staff turnover in hardship posts are relatively high, so senior management at some field offices are not stable (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Saving Lives of Children in poverty

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Save the Children part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A mission to save lives , finding sponsoring Angels on Earth

    Cons

    none except peoples disregard of this mission

    Advice to Management

    keep on doing a Blessed job


  2. All talk.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Director in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Director in Fairfield, CT

    I have been working at Save the Children (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices. Mission is amazing. Family feel in the office. Structured company meetings. CEO / CFO are great. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No accountability. Constant management and structure changes. Allows for long tenured employees to do anything they want and treat newcomers (and their ideas) terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable for their actions.


  3. Helpful (1)

    treat employees poorly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good mission, some good programs and people

    Cons

    corporate bureaucracy, excessive risk aversion limit effectiveness; leadership and senior management disregard employee well being though they give lip service to it


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  5. Great mission, terrible management!

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

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most employees are there to support the mission and are very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    - Little to no upward movement for most people - People are not put into positions according to their skill sets and experience, but on a popularity or seniority basis - HR works for management and doesn't listen to employees - So anxious to fill some upper management positions, HR/VPs don't properly vet candidates

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they tell you there is a problem. Don't wait and let 1-3 individuals decimate and entire department.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great people, but lack of job mobility

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

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and the location is convenient. Great network to be a part of. The name of the organization is valuable.

    Cons

    There is a lack of professional development, the organization does not encourage job mobility or development of its support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the work of your support staff and recognize that much of the organization is run by the people who are the lowest on the totem pole.


  7. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing in Fairfield, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers a lot of training. Great onboarding program too.

    Cons

    A very long work day - 9:00 -5:30 with a half hour for lunch.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Still recovering from global restructuring

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Based Program Director
    Current Employee - Field Based Program Director

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In some parts of the organization, there is some innovative work happening. You feel part of some great work on the ground and making a real difference in the lives of children. Depending on the type of contract you have, the salary and benefits can range from excellent to average. Good career opportunities within the organization.

    Cons

    Save the Children is still recovering from their global restructuring in recent years. There is poor communication and cooperation among country office and member and program countries and the global systems to improve this are still forming. Member countries often do not understand well the contexts of various program countries and therefore provide unhelpful and sometimes hurtful support to program offices. Its not a very 'mission' and values driven organization.

    Advice to Management

    Provide open feedback mechanisms for country offices. For example, program offices should be able to provide feedback on member country technical support. Focus on culture and context based programming. One size does not fit all and we need to move beyond this mindset.


  9. Helpful (1)

    good experience with minor administrative setbacks

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Save the Children

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -autonomy on project tasks -work life balance is well maintained

    Cons

    -low pay -not clear what it takes to advance within chain -difficult to negotiate terms of contract


  10. Great mission

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work because they are entirely focused on helping disadvantaged children

    Cons

    Competitive, high level of change both internally and externally


  11. My experience working for Save the Children has been mostly positive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Save the Children is a family-oriented nonprofit that values mobility across departments. The organization has a strong mission and values focused on helping children in the US and abroad through emergency response and longer-term development programs.

    Cons

    It is challenging to get promoted within your unit. Positions become available based on business needs. It is very rare if a new role or promotion comes about as a result of the performance of an individual. So, employees typically have to be willing to apply for jobs in other areas, wait for a superior to leave, or luck out if a new job is created in order to move up in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    I recommend placing a higher emphasis on creating policies and documentation across key business-driving areas. I also suggest investing more in technology, infrastructure, and other resources to improve employees' ability to work efficiently.



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