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Children's Defense Fund Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Program Manager"

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

    I have been working at Children's Defense Fund full-time

    Pros

    No better way to showcase your passion for Children and ensure they are able to thrive on the health and education front. If you are an advocate that is willingly to work on improving a child's successful passage to adulthood then this organization is for you!

    Cons

    Change takes time - you have to work years on achieving goals to ensure all children have every tool they need for success. The work does not provide instant gratification. You must have a tough skin and be willing to dig you heels in with policy makers to create and reauthorize quality programming for ALL children.

    Advice to Management

    Hires from within. Great thought leaders trained internally should be among your first choice to advance.


  2. "Health Policy Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great name, looks good on a resume. Various departments and areas of interest. Lots of flexibility in terms of what you work on.

    Cons

    Not much structure or guidance.

  3. "Awesome Internship!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working in the DC office! Spent a good amount of time attending hearings, conferences, and meetings on the Affordable Care Act implementation. People who work at CDF really care about the organization's mission and treat their interns well.

    Cons

    Some of the staff in charge of the internship program were disorganized (not direct supervisors) but those in charge of orientation.


  4. "Great Internship Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Health Policy Intern
    Former Employee - Health Policy Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic atmosphere and staff support. As an intern, this was a great opportunity to develop project management skills, lobbying experience, and networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Working in Texas the office space was small and staff was limited.


  5. "Health Policy Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in
    Goal is to network and get you a job afterwards
    CDF helps you understand how policies affect everyone
    Management is supportive and gives you credit for the work you have done

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  6. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valparaiso, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valparaiso, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment, encouraging co-workers, hard working management

    Cons

    work can be hard but most definitely worth it.


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    "Founder's Syndrome"

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

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great organization with a visionary leader and a powerful mission.

    Cons

    There is no succession plan. The organization definitely suffers from Founder's Syndrome. Treat employees as expendable cogs.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees have families and children. Treat them as well as you advocate for others to treat children.

  8. "Former employee review: great mission; unsatisfying professional growth"

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    Current Employee - Internship Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Internship Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Children's Defense Fund (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, policy creation and programs. Great Leader. Passionate co-workers.

    Cons

    Little room for growth. No middle management. High turnover.


  9. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Development Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Development Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Children's Defense Fund (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The office always has events such as, brown bag lunch, guest speakers, parties, ice-cream social, etc for interns and all staffs to learn, and socialize.

    Cons

    Interns are unpaid. But the experience is definitely worth it!

    Advice to Management

    Take some more time to train the interns so that they can do more work for the office.


  10. "Employee"

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

    I worked at Children's Defense Fund full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place for Interns
    Good People
    Good Cause

    Cons

    Turnover is very high
    Out dated systems which makes your job a lot harder and complicated
    Lack of potential growth
    Managers that have been here for way too long get away with not knowing how to do their jobs correctly


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