Save the Children

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Save the Children Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
67 Reviews
3.7
67 Reviews
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles
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Review Highlights

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.  

    good experience with minor administrative setbacks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Save the Children

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great mission

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Competitive, high level of change both internally and externally

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Chasing donor dollars

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    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR

    I worked at Save the Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn to be independent and a problem solver working for Save the Children. This is because the support systems are so poor - at least for remote employees. Good people who want to make a difference.

    Cons

    Constant reorgs to align with donor dollars. No consistency or dedication to its mission. Poor morale in US programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make and stick to your plan. Don't sell out your values for grant funds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Save Yourself the Trouble

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

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

    Pros

    Wanting to be a part of something that helps children worldwide is a good thing and there are some people who work here that truly do have that calling. Unfortunately, I did not get a sense that all donor dollars where used to benefit children.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and reorganizations; everyone feels stressed out about what might happen next; constant problems with computer systems that never seem to get fixed; unrealistic business objectives and goals that are constantly changing; poor upper management leadership/decisions; too many high paid managers who would be considered totally incompetent in the for-profit world yet are kept on the payroll for years; endless hours of unproductive meetings; very political environment - its who you know rather than your job performance; a few do most of the work at very little pay; some can job hop/work from home while others cannot; they make a big deal out of their performance review process but don't back it up with any training or advancement options-its really meaningless paperwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly; lots of interesting brown bag events for interns; well-established organization with great mission

    Cons

    Intern program was disorganized, but it could have just been that way in my department because my immediate supervisor left in the middle of the summer. Many boring hours with nothing to do, even after requesting additional work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sr. Specialist

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    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    My colleagues are dedicated and passionate about the mission. The Sr. Management has high, clear, and fair expectations, and they are there to help when you need support.

    Cons

    Working remotely can have its challenges. The toughest thing was trying to figure out all the logistics of the online reimbursement, time card, and data collection processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern

    Pros

    Great working environment and great staff in Beijing, China

    Cons

    Paper work - but that is the life of an NGO

  10.  

    Good place to learn on both sides

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial
    Current Employee - Financial

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Growing fast, mostly nice people, great mission as nonprofit

    Cons

    Leadership changed a lot during past years and create much instability; bureaucracy widely exists as a large organization; this organization intends to hire less people for more work so you work can either be overloaded or delayed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management team is far away from most of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Save yourself the aggravation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    'intelligent co-workers who are for the most part friendly

    Cons

    -poor top management decision-making, constant changing of strategy
    -too many unproductive meetings
    -very political, its who you know rather than your job performance
    -low pay which is the norm but some make good salaries here for many years and do not produce while others have -heavy workload which is never questioned
    -some have 'work from home' privileges but others do not making it very unfair
    -questionable account practices and use of 'preferred' vendor's who overcharged but is it overlooked because theyhave an 'in' with someone in top management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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