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Updated February 4, 2018
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Pros
  • Pretty good for work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Mission-driven work to improve the lives of children and families through high quality research (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • It is important to establish work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • No real cons--you just have to like working fairly independently (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive staff, women-run, collegial environment, great benefits

    Cons

    Smaller organization so work may not be as varied for some


  2. "It just keeps getting better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    I've been here a few years and was thrilled to get a job here, but I am just shocked that it keeps getting better. Everyone in the place is smart, reasonable, thoughtful, and genuinely interested in making sure everyone is happy and healthy and doing the most they can to make the world better for kids. More details on positives:
    * Great people (i.e., everything you'd want in coworkers)
    * Great projects (i.e., actually making a difference and not as routine as other places, e.g., no evidence review machine projects)
    * They support you in building your expertise; help to start you out on smaller projects
    * Ability to move up as fast as you want (no "seat time" for promotions; one person even skipped a level last year
    * Reasonable managers
    * Flexible, flexible, flexible. Not just in how you do your schedule, but when ANYTHING comes up, they work with people to make sure people have the time they need and feel supported
    * No sexual harassment! (I didn't think I needed to write that, but apparently I do. No game playing, positioning, nothing. You don't realize how great that is until you experience it.

    Cons

    I almost said federal contractor, but that isn't actually accurate. More than half the work is for foundations and this year even more. The management is really good at steering around obstacles.

    Advice to Management

    More parties!

  3. "High expectations, but good support and pay"

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

    I worked at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to gain quantitative and qualitative research experience and be credited as an author on research papers; support from manager in exploring areas and skills of interest to you; good pay and benefits; opportunities for choosing which projects you want to work on after working there for a while; mission-driven organization

    Cons

    Work culture can vary widely depending on specific department in which you work in and this can drastically affect one's work environment and daily level of stress

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for mentorship for new staff members and ensure everyone feels appreciated by the colleagues in their department; continue great benefits and competitive compensation, and program that allows new staff to have a direct manager who can aid in their skill and career development


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly, inclusive environment. Great mission, interesting work.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  5. "Busy & Supportive Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - High caliber employees who are committed to producing good work that supports children and youth
    - Lots of expertise in a wide range of subjects and people who are willing to mentor
    - Staff and leadership actively strive to make Child Trends a better place to work
    - Staff genuinely care about their colleagues

    Cons

    - Billable hours and managing workloads can be tricky
    - Work gets constrained by clients since we primarily operate through contracts and what can get funded

    Child Trends Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    I'd love to talk with you about how you are getting mentoring and whether there might be lessons for other teams, too. Or please get your suggestions to staff council who are taking up mentoring... More


  6. "Would I recommend Child Trends? ABSOLUTELY!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, supportive leadership, warm and helpful staff, and I not only feel the work we do is important, but that I am important.

    Cons

    Have to be self-motivated (which may also be a Pro).

    Child Trends Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    [Huge smile] I love this line: "I not only feel the work we do is important, but that I am important"! What a perfect summary!

    It's true that we are best for people who are self-motivated and... More


  7. "A Culture of Support, Respect and Growth"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Child Trends maintains a culture where each voice and contribution is respected. Junior staff are encouraged to expand their skills and explore their interests through meaningful, rather than clerical, work experiences. Senior staff are given freedom to lead in their areas of expertise. All staff are expected to work hard, but take the time to care for themselves and their families, and leadership often encourages small acts of care between staff.

    Cons

    While there are no real cons, it should be noted that growth and promotion are largely self-directed. This means that a employee that is hard-working, but passive about directing their personal development and career track, may miss out on opportunities to grow and advance within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    The main "pro" of Child Trends is its culture, which is unique among the fast-paced and hierarchical working environments of the Washington, DC metro area. This means that new entrants to the organization, especially new leaders, must be quickly acclimated to this culture in order to maintain what makes Child Trends such an amazing place to work. During times of rapid growth, it is all the more imperative that Child Trend's senior managers take active steps to safeguard and reinforce the organizations' culture of support, respect, and growth.

    Child Trends Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    You've articulated the 20-million dollar question: How do we maintain our organizational culture during rapid growth? My short answer is by hiring people like you. But would love to talk with you... More

  8. "Mission-focused & meaningful resarch"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    -Working on research that has a direct impact on policy and practice
    -Great coworkers who are here for the right reasons
    -As an entry-level employee, supervisors who are invested in my professional development and care about my career goals
    -Opportunity to learn a lot, including both research skills and content knowledge
    -Able to find your niche - maybe it's quant, maybe it's communications, etc.
    -We don't work too many hours and instead are super efficient during the hours we do work

    Cons

    -As a B.A. in a research world, you often feel like you need a higher degree for credibility
    -Objectively a solid work-life balance, but can feel stressful to constantly be monitoring your time so closely.

    Child Trends Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    You've described exactly the environment we've hoped research assistants and other entry employees experience!

    Please stay at CT! Degrees are just proxies; credibility comes from knowledge... More


  9. "Interesting work, flexible schedules"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Child Trends encourages employees to grow and develop new skills.
    Flexible work schedules (including remote work schedules or shortened work weeks) are available.
    Employees are engaged and interested in their work and are committed to the organization's mission.

    Cons

    Can be high-pressure with tight timelines.

    Child Trends Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    High engagement, flexibility, and growth are good descriptors!

    And, yes, sometimes, high-pressure and tight timelines. If this is due to poor planning, please flag to your supervisor, me, or... More


  10. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Child Trends has a great flexible work environment especially for working parents. The open doors policy allows any employee to speak directly to any member of the management regarding work related issues.

    Cons

    We can do better by focusing more on the big picture.

    Advice to Management

    I truly appreciate how management accounts for every issue to ensure it gets resolved quickly and fairly.

    Child Trends Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    Thank you for reporting that we resolve issues quickly and fairly; we appreciate you taking the time to point us to the issues!

    And, speaking of which, I need more about "focusing on the big... More


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