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Save the Children Director Reviews

Updated May 18, 2019

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2.6
35%
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles
Carolyn Miles
8 Ratings
  1. "Great place to be"

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    Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    Great mission and technical capacity

    Cons

    Weak support systems and lack of clear career paths

    Advice to Management

    More work need on talent management and career development

    Save the Children2016-12-18
  2. 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
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Finance Director in International Falls, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and learning opportunities

    Cons

    Standardize approach that minimizes costs at the expense of quality.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on KPIs and building the portfolio needs to be balanced by greater focus on program quality and effectiveness in improving lives of clients

    Save the Children2019-03-13
  4. Helpful (15)

    "Lack of leadership and horrible HR"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn new skills

    Cons

    Overly beaurocratic ans hierarchical- Too many priorities - Save does anything and everything which makes it hard to do anything well or have a clear focus.

    Advice to Management

    HR and senior management in operations lack clear processes to improve painpoints in the organization- .Stop enabling really bad staff. Ceo could be more approachable.

    Save the Children2019-02-12
  5. Helpful (13)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission and impact on the lives of children

    Cons

    Toxic culture, poor leadership, lack of focus, diversity and inability to make decisions. The work environment encourages employees to work in silos, is highly competitive, political and employees will do anything to get ahead. There is no courage or willingness to address bad behavior, bullying, exclusion and poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Address bad behavior, toxic culture and weak leadership and measure activity throughout the agency having little to no impact. Focus more on "how" people are treated each day and less on the big celebrations.

    Save the Children2018-10-22
  6. 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
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Awful place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission shame about the leadership and favoritism

    Cons

    Favorites and old guard can do no wrong but people who question strategy or direction ignored or quashed. Very passive aggressive, spend endless months on new initiatives that inevitably fail. No praise or advancement for those outside the favorites list.

    Advice to Management

    Clean sweep of the old guard and have the board bring in new management team reporting directly to the chairman. No new initiatives. New accounting system that integrates all functionality procured off the shelf to replace abysmal in house builds

    Save the Children2018-04-06
  8. 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
  9. Helpful (16)

    "Great Cause Suffering at Hands of Irresponsible Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Director in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible mission, many talented professionals.

    Cons

    Leadership/Management. CEO simply cannot make decisions, leading to high turnover among middle and upper management, leading to unstable work conditions and unhappy staff. CIO, CMO, CHRO, VP fundraising, VP digital, VP HR have all defected in past six months. Revenue has been on a slow decline for many years leading to re-orgs/re-structures/layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to board is to execute a rescue, starting with sweeping reform at executive level then down.

    Save the Children2017-06-14
  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mission, friendly staff, great place to learn and grow

    Cons

    structure can sometime be difficult to navigate

    Advice to Management

    invest in staff and ensuring they feel valued

    Save the Children2017-05-11
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