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Child Trends Reviews

Updated January 17, 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 12 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. "Love the mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The mission is what drives folks

    Cons

    The bottom line is important. A nonprofit, but feels like for profit

    Child Trends Response

    May 29, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    It’s a tough balance to focus on the mission and ensure the organization beneath it is strong. I’m not saying we always get it right, but at least I can talk to you about why it’s so important... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting research, long hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great research projects, ability to grow.

    Cons

    Long hours, little support from supervisory.

    Child Trends Response

    May 29, 2017 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    I'm glad you felt that you were able to grow at Child Trends; we are generally a group that thrives on learning, so it's important!

    Long hours are for the most part a thing of the past. We are... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good entry level"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Child Trends (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience, good life-work balance

    Cons

    High turnover, questionable advancement, depends on who you work with.

    Child Trends Response

    May 16, 2016 – Senior Vice President for Research and Operations

    We actually have very low turnover (e.g., we only had on RA leave this year for something other than graduate school), but maybe you are referring to the graduate school departures? It is true that a... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Depending on the Team - Area of work, work experiences vary. Some teams are better to work for than others."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    Its a solid place to work right after college, you get some on the field experience.

    Cons

    Compensation rates are really low, however it is a non profit.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Upbring and enriching"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Friendly people at the workplace and they have many good projects that you can work on as an entry-level. If you want to go to grads school, you may get good recommendations from the workplace.

    Cons

    The equipments that are provided to employees are okay. Would be better if there are more events for bonding the whole community together will be better.

    Advice to Management

    More corporate culture building events are strongly needed. Hope the equipments such as computers and softwares in the office can be upgraded if possible.


  6. "Senior Researcher review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    flexible workplace; learning opportunities; really smart colleagues; important mission driven work

    Cons

    pressure to write/win proposals; lack of gender and ethnic diversity


  7. "Working at Child Trends"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I work with people who are kind and considerate and forward thinking. I appreciate the focus on process and quality control better - both in the interactions we have with each other and in the work that we do. I've learned a great deal about quality control here.

    Cons

    Sometimes the schedules feel sporadic and it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the projects that are perpetually ending and starting. It is important to establish work-life balance. although to be fair, the increase in hires might be a way the organization is trying to address this.

  8. "Great Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, telecommuting options, and co-workers are always considerate of others.

    Cons

    I can't think of any major cons at this point.


  9. "Lots of good things to say about working here so far!"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    + The projects themselves are important and meaningful.
    + It's motivating to work alongside staff who all work hard and bring a variety of skills and perspectives to their work.
    + My supervisor is terrific-- on top of her game, supportive, able to adapt to my needs for supervision, etc.
    + As a relatively new staff member, I've had offers of support from a variety of other staff, so I feel like I have people to go to for any type of issue that might arise.
    + The vibe is very pro work-life balance. There's a lot of flexibility around teleworking, flexing one's time, etc.
    + The office space is lovely.
    + Great benefits.

    Cons

    - I have received some mixed messages regarding certain expectations.
    - I'm gathering that not all supervisors are as terrific as mine.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being as reflective and willing to self-assess as you clearly already are!


  10. "Happy employee feedback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Child Trends full-time

    Pros

    Child Trends creates an extremely supportive work environment for its staff. Whether you have personal or professional goals, I've found the leadership very supportive of the staff and the things we'd like to accomplish.

    Cons

    People are sometimes too worried about being nice. That can be a hindrance when hard decisions need to be made

    Advice to Management

    Continue to think outside of the box and push the boundaries. Watching the management team challenge themselves to take on new, dynamic tasks is really motivating. The more we see you do, the more we want to contribute.


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