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"Overall a great experience"

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Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
Approves of CEO

I worked at Save the Children as a contractor

Pros

Super excited people in many different departments! It's great to work with people who are incredibly passionate, hardworking, and kind.

Cons

I only have one con; while about half of the management team in the DC office is wonderful, the other half is pretty abysmal when it comes to treating the employees in their department well. Having VPs throw temper tantrums when a meeting has to be moved is outrageous.

Other Employee Reviews for Save the Children

  1. Helpful (11)

    "Great Mission - Bad Career Move"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    A great mission and flexible work schedule. A lot of "Career training" available. If you need a flexible work schedule this is the place - for a while.

    Competitive salary for a non-profit.

    The underlying desire is there among most employees to really make a difference in the lives of children and tends to attract some very smart and interesting people.

    Cons

    Terrible Senior Management, No Career Movement, Participation in "Career Training Programs" ultimately leads to no career movement.

    Many of the Senior management tend to create an unnecessarily competitive environment which lead to a tense working situation. The struggle to be recognized among mid managers lead to an almost impossible environment for teamwork and ultimately very unprofessional behavior.

    To anyone who both wants to make a difference and is also career oriented, Save the Children is a mixed bag. Yes its a great mission. Unfortunately the organization is a career killer and most of the talent realize this after a few years and jump ship to other organizations. Senior management accountability is almost non existent.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of very talented employees, on ALL levels, leave due to lack of career movement and a feeling of being taken advantage of. Many resort to staying only for flexible work arrangements.

    As a non-profit you need to deliver on promises to dedicated employees and create REAL opportunities to grow and be challenged or you will continue to have good people jump ship at the first opportunity.

    Show appreciation for talent who are willing to dedicate there lives and careers to the mission and the mission will be a huge success. The cost of losing good employees is much more than the cost of keeping them.

    Suggestion - A real 360 degree evaluation program of senior management in which all employees under them are required to participate in. Senior management should be held publicly accountable to these 360s.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "The select few of upper management are very impressed with themselves"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A good mission, important work to be done

    Cons

    Very political and upper management protects their power base at all costs. Maintaining and enlarging their turf takes precedence over the mission or hiring/keeping talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire effective people rather ones that help the managers protect their turf.


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