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Save the Children Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a professional working environment and the management has people with a lot of experience (in 18 reviews)

  • work life balance is well maintained (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Top-heavy with senior management (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management is totally unorganized and has almost no minorities (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Once Great Nonprofit Employer that has lost its way"

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

    I worked at Save the Children full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great inspiring mission that allows you to feel good about what you do for a living.

    Some great colleagues.

    Cons

    Bit of a popularity contest. Promotions and good assignments tend to be more politically motivated then by talent or loyalty.

    If you aren't a millennial, you aren't valued as much. If you aren't accepted by the Senior Management Team clique, do not expect to advance ever.

    Overall benefits and not evenly applied, much is left up to "manager discretion" and thereby causes a lottery based system.

    Advice to Management

    Do something quickly to let long-term employees know that you value their depth of knowledge and expertise, as well as the sacrifices over the years. The last round of layoffs gave impression that if you have worked for over 5 years and are over the age of 45 we don't want you. And the recent re-orgs gave promotions and powerful positions to people under 35 with little qualified experience.

    Integrity is also a core company value and needs to be as important as ambition and collaboration. And Innovation does not just come from young people.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great work-life balance, but IT management can make your life miserable."

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    Current Employee - Senior Specialist, Project Manager in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist, Project Manager in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great co-workers, great benefits

    Cons

    IT Management is inept and they do not listen to advice. Any alternative ideas are met with extreme prejudice and they do not hesitate to threaten your job.

    Advice to Management

    It's OK to grow by listening to differing opinions

    Save the Children Response

    Aug 21, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, poor leadership"

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

    I worked at Save the Children full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission of helping kids, truly smart and devoted people, a wonderfully engaged board of trustees and the ability to make real change in the world.

    Cons

    Leadership is stale. The ceo lacks vision and has presided over 5 years of no growth. C-level executives lack managerial courage and cannot make difficult decisions around prioritization. Hopefully a new board chair will start a leadership change.

    Advice to Management

    Time for a change!


  5. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This internship varies highly from intern to intern. I would recommend it for undergrad students, but maybe not for those in graduate school. Some interns worked a lot and had a great experience, but I was on the opposite end of that spectrum.

    Cons

    I barely got any work and was completely underutilized.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all supervisors have real work to give their interns. Interns want to feel like they are doing something important, not grunt work that was leftover that no one else wants to do.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "All talk."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Director in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Director in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices. Mission is amazing. Family feel in the office. Structured company meetings. CEO / CFO are great. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No accountability. Constant management and structure changes. Allows for long tenured employees to do anything they want and treat newcomers (and their ideas) terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable for their actions.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "treat employees poorly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good mission, some good programs and people

    Cons

    corporate bureaucracy, excessive risk aversion limit effectiveness; leadership and senior management disregard employee well being though they give lip service to it

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Chasing donor dollars"

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    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn to be independent and a problem solver working for Save the Children. This is because the support systems are so poor - at least for remote employees. Good people who want to make a difference.

    Cons

    Constant reorgs to align with donor dollars. No consistency or dedication to its mission. Poor morale in US programs.

    Advice to Management

    Make and stick to your plan. Don't sell out your values for grant funds.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Great Mission - Bad Career Move"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    A great mission and flexible work schedule. A lot of "Career training" available. If you need a flexible work schedule this is the place - for a while.

    Competitive salary for a non-profit.

    The underlying desire is there among most employees to really make a difference in the lives of children and tends to attract some very smart and interesting people.

    Cons

    Terrible Senior Management, No Career Movement, Participation in "Career Training Programs" ultimately leads to no career movement.

    Many of the Senior management tend to create an unnecessarily competitive environment which lead to a tense working situation. The struggle to be recognized among mid managers lead to an almost impossible environment for teamwork and ultimately very unprofessional behavior.

    To anyone who both wants to make a difference and is also career oriented, Save the Children is a mixed bag. Yes its a great mission. Unfortunately the organization is a career killer and most of the talent realize this after a few years and jump ship to other organizations. Senior management accountability is almost non existent.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of very talented employees, on ALL levels, leave due to lack of career movement and a feeling of being taken advantage of. Many resort to staying only for flexible work arrangements.

    As a non-profit you need to deliver on promises to dedicated employees and create REAL opportunities to grow and be challenged or you will continue to have good people jump ship at the first opportunity.

    Show appreciation for talent who are willing to dedicate there lives and careers to the mission and the mission will be a huge success. The cost of losing good employees is much more than the cost of keeping them.

    Suggestion - A real 360 degree evaluation program of senior management in which all employees under them are required to participate in. Senior management should be held publicly accountable to these 360s.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "The select few of upper management are very impressed with themselves"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good mission, important work to be done

    Cons

    Very political and upper management protects their power base at all costs. Maintaining and enlarging their turf takes precedence over the mission or hiring/keeping talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire effective people rather ones that help the managers protect their turf.


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