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Save the Children Associate Director Reviews

Updated May 18, 2019

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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles
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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Pretty good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Fairfield, CT
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Family friendly policies and great mission helping children

    Cons

    Sr Mgt doesn’t understand nuances of business and makes decisions w/o being informed. They have a lot of reorganizations which cause workplace chaos that goes on for months and a brain drain with talented staff leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and get rid of the new CMO. She is awful and doesn’t have a clue to the nuances of the business. She’s also a very negative person and is so uninspiring.

    Save the Children2019-05-18
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Poor Human Resources and talent management"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Dedicated co-workers that are well-educated and care about the mission. - Global organization. -INGO recognition.

    Cons

    - Senior management's inability to prioritize or govern effectively. - Favoritism around staff. - Not nimble. Makes changes like a dinosaur. - Lack of transparency and very silo-ed. Depending on what department you're in, you can get screwed over on your pay, your ability for professional development, and you're ability to gain experience. - Management has done a poor job changing a bullying and harassment culture. - Time-off is good if you're a parent. Medical insurance is not good... - Management covering up problems rather than solving them is very very common. - The amount of re-orgs demonstrate the organization's inability to manage it's people resources.

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    Advice to Management

    Work like a 21st century organization, not 20th. It's not enough to talk about innovation all the time and not behave innovatively. It's a real shame that a company with a mission like Save the Children does not live up to its values.

    Save the Children2018-09-24
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Great ambition, execution needs work."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall mission is great and there seems to be genuine engagement and feeling from senior leadership in the issues. Great people to work with (for the most part) who are smart, dedicated, and there for the right reasons. Large reach globally with lots of in-house expertise.

    Cons

    Too many priorities focused on fundraising and not enough support for programmatic growth/excellence. Top-heavy with senior management. Some policies are standardized (like vacation time) while others are at the discretion of the manager (working from home, comp time) leading to inequity and unhappy staff. For salaries, it doesn't seem HR/hiring managers give offers based on years of experience and role against other staff at same level...leading to very different starting salaries. The value placed on salary history is frustrating when many people often inflate their past history. Career growth varies widely by department (finance, fundraising, new business, comms teams seem to promote staff quickly with limited years of experience, while programmatic teams tend to stagnate). New systems/focus rolled out without thinking through support that is really needed to make them effective.

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    Advice to Management

    Streamline priorities as an organization. Properly resource big initiatives, or don't do them. Review policies and management procedures, including salary offers and increases, work/life balance, etc. and make more equitable. Happy workers who feel valued and treated fairly against others are more likely to stay and tend to work harder.

    Save the Children2017-08-25
  4. "Mostly Fantastic"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Fairfield, CT
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mission, colleagues, generous PTO including paid time-off to care for family, acceptable Health benefits, development opportunities, leadership development, accountability, flexible work schedules available.

    Cons

    Only "acceptable" Health benefits. Tangential benefits are lacking, pay equity seems to be an issue, way too top heavy, siloes between/within departments that are working against each other, unhealthy competition.

    Save the Children2016-08-24
  5. "Positive experience with dedicated people"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very mission and goal oriented. Employees are dedicated to doing the right thing for children. Work / life balance is improving with the arrival of new CEO.

    Cons

    Decision process for management seems a little ad hoc sometimes. The organization needs a reliable stream of undesignated funds for its programs. Year to year funding is to volatile.

    Advice to Management

    Need a clear mission for US programs. The department seems adrift.

    Save the Children2012-12-05
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