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Save the Children Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee friendly work environment and good team members (in 14 reviews)

  • work life balance is well maintained (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Can be a lot of pressure from senior management to meet targets (in 7 reviews)

  • takes advantage of those lowest on the totem pole (temps /new hires), lots of upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoy working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, motivated colleagues, good benefits

    Cons

    Little room for growth, no accountability


  2. "My work experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for and very dedicated people

    Cons

    Offices are less than desireable.


  3. "On a downward trend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist 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

    An organization with a clear mandate and a good number of genuinely impressive people especially in education.

    Cons

    Shifted to being overly corporate during the past 2-3 years. Too large and detached from beneficiaries as a result of the SCI movement, and much too focused on efforts to develop "strategy" verses maintaining a critical focus on actual implementation of effective projects. Growth opportunities afforded to individuals are severely curtailed. Significant declines in incomes and new awards due to misguided new business directions will have serious impact on long term health of the organization.


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  5. "Great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with, caring, good organization, ability to travel

    Cons

    Changing priorities, too much to do with too little

    Advice to Management

    Understand we can't do everything.


  6. "Mostly Fantastic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Fairfield, CT
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (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 Children Response

    Nov 28, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Wow! Thank you so much for your feedback!! We're so glad that you took the time to share your feedback on Glassdoor. "Mostly Fantastic" is pretty wonderful praise--and we're glad you see the ... More


  7. "Comme ci, comme ca"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, interesting work, smart staff, lots of projects (and money), good for your CV

    Cons

    Kind of lifeless, large and impersonal, difficult to meet people, desk job is kind of blah

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate relationships between staff. Cultivate professional development.

    Save the Children Response

    Nov 28, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Merci! We'd love to do better than "meh," and hope that you had the opportunity to voice some of your important concerns in our annual employee engagement survey. If not, we would love to get more ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "AVP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission. Opportunity to grow. Ability to travel and see the world.Fantastic colleagues. Collegial, non political environment. Summer Fridays out at 2:00 every other week.

    Cons

    Complex work with a lot to learn. Can be difficult to navigate the many priorities. Essential to have strong influencing skills.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is amazing and values staff, always encouraging people to take vacation time because everyone works so hard on behalf of suffering children. Great motivator and demonstrates strong belief in our mission.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to start, but not to grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission is an important one, and you can be confident that the money you raise is going to programs.

    Cons

    LONG working days - 9-530 with 1/2 for lunch. Who does that? There is an expression - penny wise and pound foolish, and Save does that. They skimp and skimp and don't put money where it's needed. Silos are strong, even in teams, and it's maddening. The pay is also low, even for non-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Establish agency wide marketing team and have them coordinate all marketing activities for all. Start recruiting better talent with higher saleries.


  10. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn about Global health/ international development. Great community and lovely people.

    Cons

    -Not a lot of career opportunities after completing internships.
    -Interns should be paid. It's not fair that they aren't.


  11. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my team and the opportunities to learn about the work they are doing. It also seems possible to find more opportunities within the organization following an internship. Very helpful team and positive work environment. Unpaid, but some benefits in the way of educational and networking opportunities.

    Cons

    It took me quite a bit of effort to get projects that were more than simple administrative tasks. Rather than having tasks prepared from the get go, my supervisor started reaching out for tasks after I arrived, meaning some delay before I could actually be productive.

    Advice to Management

    To use interns more effectively, it would be helpful to have a more clear plan for intern responsibilities from the start.


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