Save the Children - Mismanagement is endemic, employee development is not a priority, and creative, hardworking individuals are not valued. | Glassdoor
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"Mismanagement is endemic, employee development is not a priority, and creative, hardworking individuals are not valued."

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

I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Pay is good for a nonprofit, the reputation (deserved or not) looks good on your resume, and the people who are not in management positions tend to be very bright, friendly, passionate and hardworking.

Cons

Leadership is completely lacking, and individuals at a Director or VP level shun decision making. This would be ok if the rest of the organization was allowed to work to its true productivity, but alas, Save the Children managers tend to focus much more on keeping their positions and stifling creative ideas (a culture of "business as usual") than on employee development. It's too bad, because the number of excellent people coming into the organization is phenomenal, and they tend to leave within a year or less. Unless you plan to be field based, this is not a place where you will grow professionally.

Save the Children needs to figure out a way to work within its mission. It is becoming impossible to see the difference between Save the Children, Mercy Corps and CARE. The concentration on rampant fundraising (especially with US Government money) instead of on what people really want and need (supposedly the backbone of development and humanitarian work) is beyond disheartening. Save the Children will chase any money that is tossed before it.

Lastly, the finance department is a mess and it makes the working lives of anyone who has to depend at some point on finance for clear policies or guidance very difficult.

Advice to Management

Not all managers should be managers. Folks who have risen in the ranks, mainly because of years with Save the Children, shouldn't necessarily be supervising people. Management takes skills and a level of caring about people that is lacking from your current managers. Make them advisers or use the "up or out" approach, but the process currently implemented is poisoning the organization.

Other Employee Reviews for Save the Children

  1. "Good work-life balance. Diversity."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Diversity. Nice people.

    Cons

    Detached location from the city.

    Advice to Management

    more internship opportunities abroad would be helpful


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Hypocrisy, abuse abound at Save the Children"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of Save the Children is to provide lasting and positive change for children. There is no argument that this is a worthy cause. Many, many children and families' lives have been changed for the better due to the amazingly good work of the staff of STC. The commitment and passion shown for those in need is amazing.

    Cons

    STC manages today as it did 35 years ago. Rather than a decision making process based on truth, facts and ROI's, decisions are based on political connections, tenure within the organization and how much money will it raise. Abusive, hostile treatment of employees is commonplace. Discrimintory practices are ignored, even when raised to Sr. Management. Fiscal responsibility is shallow at best. The HR department in Westport, CT is incompetent, and in need of an audit. There are violations of USAID requirements as well as EEO requirements. For an organization that employs more than 6,000 and has been around for 75 years, I was shocked by what I found.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Management needs to take a hard look at itself. Several members of the Sr. Management team should be replaced by professionals who know how to run a business and who understand that a non-profit can be run like a for-profit and still achieve it's mission. The disconnect between their public image, the mission and their internal behavior will be your undoing.

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