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ChildFund International Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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Anne Lynam Goddard
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Pros
  • True dedication to helping children worldwide (in 5 reviews)

  • The executives really care about doing good for kids (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The employees are underpaid while the President and CEO and executive team salaries are off the charts (in 4 reviews)

  • They can't seem to attract and keep good people (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International part-time

    Pros

    Innovation department allows for new ideas to be brought to higher-ups. Excellent mission/purpose to be working for, and inspiring stories come through daily.

    Cons

    Stuck in traditional model of child sponsorship. Continues to rely on in-kind donations that are not shown to improve the lives of those they seek to help, but that is necessary to make donors feel important.

    Advice to Management

    Move to more innovative models and new enclaves of donor engagement are necessary. Attracting young professional and millennial donors is a challenge that deserves more attention for the sake of the company's longevity.


  2. "A member of the Acquisition team"

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

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time

    Pros

    Loved learning new job responsibilities that were part of the job I accepted but had never done before., Co-workers were all friendly and helpful, Enjoyed being part of an organization that helped the less fortunate in other countries. Was in awe of their face to face fundraising and the success ChildFund has with it.

    Cons

    None for me personally, I enjoyed my time there

  3. "A Dinosaur as Organizations Go..."

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

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time

    Pros

    The mission is good. Some of the people are great--especially those working directly with children and programs. The benefit package is superior.

    Cons

    They can't seem to attract and keep good people. Mediocre staff are the most rewarded. The culture doesn't reflect the mission: for an organization that is supposed to be doing good in the world, the workplace is fairly toxic Management is uneven throughout the organization. The vestiges of a paternalistic culture linger. Some of the people have worked there for years and years and seem very stuck and set in their ways. There isn't room to grow and they are happy to simply put in time -- they work hardest at defending their territory & the status quo. It seems almost as if the management structure (or quality of the people in leadership positions) hampers innovation and excellence. There seems to be a lot of waste--waste of talent and resources that could be channeled into clear goals and direction. Perhaps the senior leadership doesn't agree on the direction of the organization and work at cross purposes.

    Advice to Management

    Consider strong, visionary new leadership to unite the organization around a shared mission. Invest in better people throughout the organization. Really value their brain power and wisdom. Stop accepting mediocre performance. Give people something to sink their teeth into: engaging, worthwhile challenges and meaningful work.


  4. "Good people, stale organization and approach"

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    Former Employee - Grant Management Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Grant Management Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people working on the ground and at home office are some of the most committed and hardworking people I have ever encountered.

    Vacation and life/work balance is pretty great.

    Cons

    Management is driven by favoritism and if your supervisor is terrible, you are stuck. Kind of a toxic environment to be in, most people are looking for a way out 6 months in.

    Salary is pretty bad. Offices enviroment is not that great.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Unstable environment"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a good cause, and if you have the chance to see the work in person, you'll understand how much good is happening for children in poor communities worldwide. I liked many of my colleagues both in the U.S. and abroad.

    Cons

    Instability. The division where I worked had two VPs for a year or less. Each time someone new took charge, people were reorganized out of jobs. Many had years of experience and leadership. I understand how each new VP or director wants to make his or her mark, but a lot of talent and institutional knowledge has been lost through layoffs or people departing for more secure employment.

    Advice to Management

    As you prepare to search for another VP, please keep in mind that the organization is only as good as its staff members. Experience and perspective are very important, alongside innovation and open minds. Consider carefully before laying people off. At the moment, I can't recommend that people apply here unless their household has a second income.


  6. "Barometer"

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

    I have been working at ChildFund International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am delighted to be Part of the ChildFund team

    Cons

    No major downside always fruitful individually and collectively

    Advice to Management

    Keep what you doing I am with you as usual


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Grade School"

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

    Pros

    Positive attitudes, helping kids, caring associates, dedicated sponsors, rewarding, top leadership tries, learns from mistakes, some practice the core values

    Cons

    Negative attitudes, secrecy, bullies, turnover, low energy, closed off to new ways of thinking and doing things, not collaborative, closed, immature

    Advice to Management

    Zero tolerance for bullying

  8. "Great Company - Great Mission"

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    Former Employee - Controller in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Controller in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional team with common goals and shared purpose

    Cons

    None I can think of


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Contract to hire"

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    Former Employee - Virginia in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Virginia in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    40 hours a week. Monday through Friday.

    Cons

    Everything. RUN! The training is a joke. The managers are not available for any feedback towards training or the work environment. If you state any concerns you get a target on your back. Managers are very click. Temp to hire normal conversion at a normal job is 3 months. The conversion rate here no matter your staffing agency is minimum 8 months.... If you kiss butt with the managers, also no room for growth. Runnnnnnn

    Advice to Management

    Be open to advice/feedback from staff


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate employees, mediocre pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ChildFund International full-time

    Pros

    ChildFund's assets are its passionate employees. The organization also has some strong leaders that are willing to invest in more junior staff and provide them with professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay especially when compared to the market/peer organizations. For a couple of years, salary increases were locked at around 1.5%. There are also some issues with work-life balance and inconsistency in expectations/work load across different teams.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be better compensation packages for DC-based staff, many of whom are paid the same as Richmond staff for similar work even though the cost of living in DC is significantly higher.


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