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Save the Children Reviews

Updated Sep 11, 2019

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3.3
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61%
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Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles
Carolyn Miles
78 Ratings
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  • "In past few years lots of changes happened in senior management level(in 14 reviews)

  • "takes advantage of those lowest on the totem pole (temps /new hires), lots of upper management(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful place to work!!"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Berea, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly environment and fulfilling work!

    Cons

    There is some traveling requirements, but almost always home every night.

    Save the Children2019-06-12

    Save the Children Response

    June 17, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much! You're awesome... and the work you do is so important! We appreciate you!

  2. "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Administrator 

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Great interesting people to work with and they come from a diverse background

    Cons

    Pay was a little less than market but the organisation do offer Salary packaging

    Advice to Management

    more detailed process documentations

    Save the Children2019-07-23
  3. Helpful (10)

    "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
  4. Helpful (3)

    "positives and negatives"

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    Former Employee - Award Management Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    great benefits / great exposure/ hands on experience /

    Cons

    a lot of work/ a lot of work politics/ hierarchy/ favoritism

    Save the Children2019-05-29

    Save the Children Response

    June 17, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    We're glad you liked the work, and that you recommend us as a place to call home! Yes, the work we do is tough... and plentiful. Saving Children isn't easy, is it? We are curious to get your feedback around hierarchy and favoritism, though... would you mind dropping me a line ...

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disgraceful"

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

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

    Pros

    Literally none maybe the location

    Cons

    The management are bullies! The CIO is a bully power mad and speak law to staff and suppliers like dirt! The CEO is a typical locked away surrounded by exec assistants with not a clue how unhappy people are are the blatant scandals tucked away

    Advice to Management

    Grow up! And contribute not bully especially the CIO

    Save the Children2019-06-26
  6. "Hurt on the job"

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    Former Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caring for children after the storm

    Cons

    Not taking care of their employees got hurt on the job and they have ignored me for month guest I will take to social media.

    Advice to Management

    The wore

    Save the Children2019-06-06
  7. "Great People and Mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Really great, supportive group of people. Beautiful downtown office space.

    Cons

    Some salaries not competitive and not much flexibility around working from home.

    Save the Children2019-05-16

    Save the Children Response

    May 18, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your feedback! Glad you loved the office and the people... that's important stuff! We appreciate your comments regarding salaries and our telework policy. Since we allow telework one day a week, we know that may be different from other organizations... ...

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  8. "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance allowed

    Save the Children2019-05-27
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Save the Children"

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

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great cause ... help children

    Cons

    Disconnect between upper management and field staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your front line workers ...

    Save the Children2019-05-18
  10. Helpful (10)

    "Not a place for jr. staff"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is really mission driven and the work is meaningful.

    Cons

    The management team has a very specific idea of what path junior staff should take and they are not willing to work with the skills and interests of the specific employee. Staff (at all levels) are actively told to leave and come back in order to move up instead of promoting their internal talent, even though the organization supposedly champions promoting from within. HR discussions about workplace culture and... upward mobility are actively discouraged within the Department of Global Health. Several employees have been told that talking to HR makes them look bad or that advocating for themselves makes them look impatient. How salaries are determined is very unclear and often made more confusing than it needs to be. Pay is not equitable at all-- even within the same role in the same department.

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    Advice to Management

    It should not be difficult to listen to what your staff is looking for. The junior staff are very well spoken and care a lot about making the workplace a better place for everyone. People come into this field because they want to do good and make a difference in the world...it shouldn't be assumed that everyone is selfish and out for themselves. This generation of junior staff are wildly different-- they're more... educated and have a lot more student loan debt than generations before them. It's time to rethink what the junior staff role looks like, who you're hiring into those roles and how they're being treated.

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    Save the Children2019-04-01

    Save the Children Response

    May 18, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback. I hope that you shared this with your HR Business Advisor prior to your departure, or at the very minimum, during your exit interview. While we understand that experience can be gained outside of the organization (and we have a great ...

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