Save the Children

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Save the Children Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
56 Reviews
3.7
56 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Intern

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    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

  3.  

    Good place to learn on both sides

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    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Attracts high caliber people

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    Current Employee - Manager in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

    Save 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.

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase undesignated funding. Find ways for young professionals to build an international career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Mission, but revolving door of staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

    Exit 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Public Policy and Advocacy Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    disorganized, lack central organization of department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I Love working for save the children

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    Current Employee - Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    there are none besides the ignorance of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work SDG128

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, amazing opportunities, compelling mission.

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard to decrease bureaucratic barriers and layers.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    True commitment to excellence and impact for children.

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Specialist in Westport, CT

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Staff 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.

    Cons

    Many 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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