I worked at Children International full-time (More than 8 years)
Positive environment and definitely a company that really gave me an opportunity to work, take care of my family and go to school. Without their help I would not be doing what I love to do, which is teaching.
The hours working over time was very stressful for a single parent but in the end it worked out because I was able to get my education. If you are reading this "con" do not ever let a negative word keep you from doing what you want to do in life.
Advice to Management
I hope you still have the program which helped me attend school. Please allow the flexibility for your employees to work and go to school.
I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Children International (Kansas City, MO) in February 2014.
I was first contacted by the HR manager via email a few days after I applied via CareerBuilder. After talking with her on the phone for a bit, she asked that I complete a writing test before actually meeting with anyone about the job — something I think is probably unique to the position. I turned it in three days later and heard from her a few days after that and scheduled the first interview. Met with three people at then — the person whose position I'd be filling, the future boss and someone in marketing. It lasted about 45 minutes. During the conversation I gathered that it was a pretty laid-back atmosphere. Didn't seem like they micro-manage you there. I didn't feel too intimidated at that interview because they all were so nice.
Afterward, they said they'd let me know in a week or so. They never followed up so I called the HR manager and asked about it. Left a message; never heard back. A few days later I emailed one of the people I'd interviewed with and she said they'd filled the position. But mentioned there were other positions opening up for which I'd be qualified for. Low and behold, the HR manager called me a few days later and scheduled a second interview for a different position.
The second interview took place with the same future boss, a writer, a designer and an editor. The interview took place in one of their conference rooms, with all four of them on the opposite side of me. Still not too intimidating because they joked around. This interview was about the same length as the first. After we concluded, I went to meet with the HR manager while they deliberated, I guess. I was in the HR manager's office for 20 minutes or so before she said that she'd gotten the OK to offer me the job.
I didn't negotiate. The offer was more than I was expecting, so I accepted as is.
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