Save the Children

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Save the Children Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
61 Reviews
3.7
61 Reviews
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles
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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great intentions bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    I'm proud to work at Save the Children and for an ogranization that helps to improve the quality of peoples life. Vacation is generous, if you can use it.

    Cons

    If you aren't one of the "in crowd" you won't get anywhere. If you want to settle, it's the place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to what the employees say. If you want to move forward, you need the support of your employees and can actually learn from them.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good work-life balance. Diversity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Westport, CT

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Diversity. Nice people.

    Cons

    Detached location from the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more internship opportunities abroad would be helpful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    Child- and outcome-focused. Really getting the work done! Good strong history and legacy. Smart and talented leaders (some). Good benefits if in the field (not so great for US-based staff). Good reputation. Diverse funding base (and not overly reliant on USG funding).

    Cons

    Long hours, can be difficult to balance work/life. Travel can be extensive. Consensus-building management atmosphere (and consensus-building is really just about getting to lowest common demoninator).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's important to get this merger with the Alliance right! It can result in a huge ROI, but it must be managed well.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrisy, abuse abound at Save the Children

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    The mission of Save the Children is to provide lasting and positive change for children. There is no argument that this is a worthy cause. Many, many children and families' lives have been changed for the better due to the amazingly good work of the staff of STC. The commitment and passion shown for those in need is amazing.

    Cons

    STC manages today as it did 35 years ago. Rather than a decision making process based on truth, facts and ROI's, decisions are based on political connections, tenure within the organization and how much money will it raise. Abusive, hostile treatment of employees is commonplace. Discrimintory practices are ignored, even when raised to Sr. Management. Fiscal responsibility is shallow at best. The HR department in Westport, CT is incompetent, and in need of an audit. There are violations of USAID requirements as well as EEO requirements. For an organization that employs more than 6,000 and has been around for 75 years, I was shocked by what I found.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management needs to take a hard look at itself. Several members of the Sr. Management team should be replaced by professionals who know how to run a business and who understand that a non-profit can be run like a for-profit and still achieve it's mission. The disconnect between their public image, the mission and their internal behavior will be your undoing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Ten reasons why NGOs need to be Reformed

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    Save the Children has wonder advocacy programs in the United States and Aboard. The mid-level staff are wondeful professionals to learn from and obtain a good perspective of Save the Children's mission.

    Cons

    Similar to most NGO's that have been around 75 years + they lack Senior Managment that have the appropirate leadership skills. Upper management and Human Resources prefereance is to avoid conflict, so it is hands off management style that feeds the rudenss among most employees towards each other. I find that the support groups do not really know how to support, they enable the employess primarly upper management that through temper tantrums. Porr management or lack there of is leading to the increasing turn over of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start managing and stop hiding in your offices. Stop the polictical bickering and learn how to work together. Most importantily be accountable, less reactive and more proactive. The Humanitarin busienss is not a popularity Arena. Leave your egos at the door and make Save the Children a move effective NGO.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good cause, but behind the times

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    It's good to work for a company that is doing good in the world.

    Cons

    They are not up to current technology standards. Save is full of people who still believe in Direct Mail and are afraid of the Web

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the company forward to atttract newer, younger donors

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The Employees are very self motivated

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    employees are very self motivated and is very dynamic place to wok everybody really cares about children

    Cons

    long and hard decision making process> slightly beaurocratic

  9.  

    Warm colleagues, Farewell cake for leaving staffs mostly internationals/expatriates,breakfast in the office-milk,tea

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I have been working at Save the Children as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Welcoming people, Warm and Kind staff they'll always say hello and smile at you when you meet,conducive environment with support given when needed, admin is very supportive,office culture like the Friday forums ensures interaction and exchange of ideas

    Cons

    Short contracts you already feel like you are leaving soon on your first day, Intern pay is way too little

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the pay mostly for interns and also the contract duration should be longer to enable focus at the job place and kinda ensure job security for the employees and also try may be absorb some of the interns or refer them somewhere otherwise Keep up with the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Mission.... relevant... true impact on children

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader, Field Office Development
    Current Employee - Project Leader, Field Office Development

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

    Pros

    Passionate, dedicated people.... clarity on the WHAT and good models for impact.

    Cons

    Getting too complicated on the HOW.... organization is growing but suffering of "growing-pains"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    tey made me write a biased report

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Mogadishu (Somalia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Mogadishu (Somalia)

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

    Pros

    well known international development organization

    Cons

    they delayed in reposnding to my emails and then pressured me into haniding in early a piece they made me rewrite twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better support for consultants

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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