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Save the Children Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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  • Top-heavy with senior management (in 12 reviews)

  • Staff can be moved based of someone "liking" them in upper management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company Culture; Workplace Satisfaction; Organizational Systems

    Cons

    Open floor pan can create silo'ed environment


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Burnout; Low-Pay; Disappointing Senior Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Work on many worthwhile projects
    Opportunity to develop new skills

    Cons

    The work is GRUELING. Much is expected and very little is rewarded. I don't know how anyone is able to have a family when you're traveling for weeks at a time with very little rest time in between. Salaries are truly abysmal. Senior management seems to be out of touch with reality, most likely because very few have any meaningful experience living and working abroad.

    Advice to Management

    Stop slashing benefits; listen to your employees about burnout; allow for more flexible work arrangements

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unethical Treatment of Employees"

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

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

    Pros

    They give you the chance to work on mission driven projects

    Cons

    In effect, there are no real meaningful protections for employees. They have policies and procedures that benefit the organization at the complete disadvantage of the employee. Case in point: you could easily log 80+ hours in a week, travel or work two weekends in a row and receive NO comp time. All of this is at the discretion of the manager.
    Compensation is embarrassing and benefits don’t make up for the fact that many of us end up working for minimum wage after all is said and done.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees’ wellbeing. Burnout is real and it is rampant. Your employees are unwell and entirely depleted. If people knew the way we were treated, I can imagine the donations and funding would stop.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unfair treatment of staph and little to no minorities in upper management"

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

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance and benefits. Some of the staff try to really make a difference in children's lives

    Cons

    All this company cares about is looking good and working with big-name organizations. They truly do not care about the communities that they're supposed to serve. They just want to impress their donors and rub shoulders with big-name people.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is horrible comma lacks experience, no compassion for their employees and has very low morale throughout organization. Start looking to diversify and be an inclusive not exclusive organization.

    Save the Children Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Wow... sounds like you've got a lot on your mind, and we hear you. It would be VERY helpful if you would share what you're experiencing with your HR Business Advisor so we might be able to focus on... More


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to start career but not remain"

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission, great coworkers (in general)

    Cons

    - poor senior management
    -poor career advancement
    -little accountability

    Advice to Management

    The mission is great, but there is little career advancement (having a course online does not equal staff development) and the senior management team (many of them older white men) is very isolated from staff.

    Save the Children Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    First of all... we're glad you're with us, and that you're providing important feedback in your first year! We agree... the mission is amazing, and the people are even better! Since it's your... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Help families, but extremely bias and unfair treatment of employess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helps a lot of day-cares, children and families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    Cons

    Not a fair and honest working environment. If someone in upper management likes you, everyone else will be overlooked. Staff can be moved based of someone "liking" them in upper management. Upper management creates a very hostile work environment for us working on the ground level. And, everyone wants to be in charge.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to quickly intervene and get upper management under control.

    Save the Children Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We know that working on the ground where disaster has impacted so many is difficult indeed, and it sounds like you haen't had a great experience. We want to... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Home visitor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience, yep yes pro

    Cons

    Not enough money, need s grant

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Helping others"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great job getting to those who need help.

    Cons

    Poor site leaders. Treat staff like factory workers. Clock in, clock out. Company not racially diverse, especially management. Helping diverse communities but not hiring diverse staff.

    Advice to Management

    Train your upper management team how to be good leaders and to stop being petty.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "No diversity in upper administration"

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

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Helping a lot of people in communities and around the world. Use donations and grant money appropriately and effectively. Excellent benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Way too many cooks in the kitchen. Upper management is totally unorganized and has almost no minorities. Minorities seem to be hired mostly at lower level positions. A review of hiring and promotion practices is needed. Upper administration promotes and looks out for who they like and favor. Major buddy, buddy system at work, which creates a hostile work environment. They treat local personell like the "hired help".

    Advice to Management

    Get your upper management in-line. Get them on the same page. The upper management team is all over the place. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Stop meeting all day,
    and get to work. Implement a more diverse highing practice for your upper management.

    Save the Children Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks so much for your passionate feedback. We agree... diversity--of all kinds--is important to the success of any organization. We hope that you have noticed some new faces joining the Save the... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Web Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Make a difference in developing countries.

    Cons

    Top-heavy with senior management.
    Very hard for young people to grow. All the decisions are made behind closed doors and nothing is transparent.
    Only technical people (researchers, medical doctors, and program people) are values here.

    Advice to Management

    Have less bureaucracy and more support for newer employees


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