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ChildFund International Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2019

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Found 90 reviews

3.0
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63%
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Anne Lynam Goddard
54 Ratings
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  • "Staff have no respect for CEO or Executive Team(in 5 reviews)

  • "Good people had to leave if they tried to speak up(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great growing experience"

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    Current Employee - Supporter Care in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very compassionate company - genuinely cares about staff and mission. Management makes environment an enjoyable place to work, and motivates employees to reach full potential. Dedicated team members who live and breath the work they do. Offers employees infinite opportunities to express opinions and feedback in a safe environment.

    Cons

    great experience so far

    ChildFund International2019-08-05
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Heart Poor Action & Drama"

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    Current Employee - Retention Coordinator in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Truly cares about the cause and the children; they want to keep costs low and help as much as possible.

    Cons

    Very old-fashioned and stuck in their ways. When there are problems within the team or the department, often social in nature, there is a lot of drama and they attempt to find a scapegoat instead of looking at metrics and facts like a for-profit business would.

    ChildFund International2019-08-01
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Supporter Care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time

    Pros

    The mission. Incredible PTO and benefits to counter-balance low pay and low raises

    Cons

    This organization is a sinking ship. Widespread lay-offs following failure of a computer system upgrade. Broken business and hiring practices. If you are good at what you do, make sure to know the right people, and always say YES to what the executive/management teams want- then you’ll fit in just fine...maybe. Total disregard for employees’ talents, little room for career growth/development. High rate of attrition throughout...

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    Advice to Management

    Remember that you’re there to help children, not each other. Take a long, hard look at your department managers and yourselves— the company is running rampant with cronyism, veiled communications, and, in some cases, racism. Your employees are not happy.

    ChildFund International2019-07-24
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Anything for the executives"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee lunches and helping children

    Cons

    Layoffs, management, unprofessionalism, low salary, mainly hires temps, cuts hours to avoid giving benefits, good old boys club

    Advice to Management

    Pay people a decent living wage. Give people benefits. Your employees have children too.

    ChildFund International2019-06-08
  5. "Inclusive environment with passionate and talented staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at ChildFund International

    Pros

    Gained a lot of exposure at an entry level position. Coworkers were always willing to lend you advice and support.

    Cons

    Staff and resources are considerably limited so workload may be a lot to handle at peak times.

    ChildFund International2019-03-04
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Pre-Set Firing Date Known To All Staff But You"

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    Former Employee - Sponsor Care Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    CF has what I've come to learn are typical call center hours, but it was new to me. 9AM to 7PM four days a week, then 9 to 2PM on Friday. Very convenient for doctor's appointments.

    Cons

    CF sources new employees from temp agencies, and gets employees to agree to the work by lying about the length of the job assignment. They may have a project in mind that could take 3 weeks to complete, and tell an agency they're hiring for 6 months with the possibility of full time employment. When the project is up, so is your job. That's regardless of whether or not they made you waste your time being trained in...

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    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your new hires. A charity whose job it is to provide food and education to children cannot possibly be this lax with the livelihoods of its employees that have children of their own.

    ChildFund International2019-04-05
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Poorly Managed Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Field staff are hard working and passionate.

    Cons

    The company’s top down culture and managerial staff’s inability to lead by example has resulted in leadership within the company that cannot execute on the organization’s mission nor respond effectively to staff’s strengths and needs. Managerial staff, particularly at the Director level and above, are focused on blame rather than seeking solutions and support and this is largely in part because of ChildFund’s internal...

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    Advice to Management

    ChildFund is hemorrhaging talent at the hands of bad bosses. Hire managers and leaders who exhibit self awareness and foster a culture of trust and empowerment.

    ChildFund International2019-03-26
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Difficult place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International

    Pros

    Mission attracts talented and committed staff, close collaboration between HQ and field teams.

    Cons

    Exhausting, chaotic environment in which to work with incoherent strategy - seems like organization is unclear about its identity. Allocation of human and financial resources do not meet organization's ambitions, leaving teams set up to fail. Management seems unwilling or unable to address very high levels of turnover, employee dissatisfaction, and allegations of behaviors edging on bullying. There are very few avenues...

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    Advice to Management

    Institutional knowledge exists at all levels of the organization - your employees are not easily replaceable and should be treated accordingly.

    ChildFund International2019-01-24
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Salary inequities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The mission is primary. Wish it were foremost in the leadership minds

    Cons

    Top leadership in the US and around the world are paid extravagant salaries and benefits of upwards of $200,000 and even higher for executives even when they live in countries where they are millionaires compared to other local staff. Once you hit director level and below, there is a huge disparity in terms of salary and benefits. Too much donor money is going to pay for bloated pay and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Review executive level compensation packages compared to lower professional staff and then review them in light of other orgs and donor intent.

    ChildFund International2019-01-27

    ChildFund International Response

    February 28, 2019Senior Recruiter

    Thank you for your input. Consistent with our global compensation philosophy, ChildFund is committed to providing our staff, regardless of location, salaries and benefits that are competitive, based upon compensation best practices and market driven. It is an important part of the ...

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best Experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have been at ChildFund for close to 2 years now and I will say they have been some of my best years in my career so far. ChdFund is a very dynamic place to work, with smart well intentioned people, a powerful mission and a comprehensive strategy. We have very committed staff both at HQ and in the field who are doing amazing work for the Children and the communities. I love the attention the leadership is giving to the...

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    Cons

    Our ambitions are always higher than the resources we have. Continuing to right size and we need to continue setting realistic expectations. Our leaders need to be bold and expand our footprint and not shrink from the world.

    Advice to Management

    BE BOLD.

    ChildFund International2018-10-02
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