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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. "On a downward trend"

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    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.


  2. "Each person's experience varies more than it should"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well, talented staff, generally does good work, dedicated CEO/President

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, good management very hit or miss, mixed messages re: mission vs. new raise priorities, lay-offs common, poor location

    Advice to Management

    Do exit interviews to ensure you get a read out on the AVP or manager and follow up!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible mission driven people doing important work for children!

    Cons

    Culture, so dependent on funding that employees are in constant fear of being let go.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Organization"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Derby, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Derby, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and organization mission

    Cons

    Little to no room for advancement in certain departments


  7. "Not a bad experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the staff there are nice, and I enjoyed working with them.

    Cons

    One of the directors is tough. But she is just trying to do her own job i guess


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, poor money management"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing, smart, fun colleagues. Passionate people, programs are amazing. Great benefits, family friendly, generous family leave and vacation time. Salaries are good for a non-profit.

    Cons

    continuous layoffs. Always struggling to raise undesignated funding which covers the grand majority of staff. Too many focuses- need to narrow in on a few things in order to really make a change in any one.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your mid level staff.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers a lot of training. Great onboarding program too.

    Cons

    A very long work day - 9:00 -5:30 with a half hour for lunch.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Westport, CT
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly; lots of interesting brown bag events for interns; well-established organization with great mission

    Cons

    Intern program was disorganized, but it could have just been that way in my department because my immediate supervisor left in the middle of the summer. Many boring hours with nothing to do, even after requesting additional work.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Mission, but revolving door of staff"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing mission
    Truly changing lives around the world
    Diversity of Staff really keeps you interested in the work.
    Seriously qualified staff

    Cons

    Leadership positions are constantly vacating and being restaffed
    This leads to multiple strategy changes
    Salaries are not near competitors in NYC or other metro areas
    Typical Bureaucratic issues when trying to accomplish a project

    Advice to Management

    Exit interviews with leaving staff should be considered. Stop hiring executives that are fly by night and using STC as a stepping stone. Great mission deserves great dedicated people


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