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Save the Children Reviews

Updated November 8, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Helping others"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. "Great mission but management lacks"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Great time off work and other employee benefits.

    Cons

    Management shakedowns to save costs on budgets within the organization sift out quality workers and leave lesser capable people to fill the gaps.

    Save the Children Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    You've gotten our attention... and we need to know more! "Shakedown" is absolutely not our style, so please reach out to your HR BA or me to discuss what you're experiencing. You can... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great ambition, execution needs work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall mission is great and there seems to be genuine engagement and feeling from senior leadership in the issues. Great people to work with (for the most part) who are smart, dedicated, and there for the right reasons. Large reach globally with lots of in-house expertise.

    Cons

    Too many priorities focused on fundraising and not enough support for programmatic growth/excellence. Top-heavy with senior management. Some policies are standardized (like vacation time) while others are at the discretion of the manager (working from home, comp time) leading to inequity and unhappy staff. For salaries, it doesn't seem HR/hiring managers give offers based on years of experience and role against other staff at same level...leading to very different starting salaries. The value placed on salary history is frustrating when many people often inflate their past history. Career growth varies widely by department (finance, fundraising, new business, comms teams seem to promote staff quickly with limited years of experience, while programmatic teams tend to stagnate). New systems/focus rolled out without thinking through support that is really needed to make them effective.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline priorities as an organization. Properly resource big initiatives, or don't do them. Review policies and management procedures, including salary offers and increases, work/life balance, etc. and make more equitable. Happy workers who feel valued and treated fairly against others are more likely to stay and tend to work harder.

    Save the Children Response

    Aug 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks so much for your detailed feedback! This information is very important to us, and I hope you expressed these same concerns in your exit interview.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "On a downward trend"

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    • 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.


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

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    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!


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work full time - Interns & temp positions beware"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children part-time

    Pros

    -great office, upbeat environment
    -a lot of nice/worldly people at work
    -many different departments and offices world wide
    -summer fridays

    Cons

    -takes advantage of those lowest on the totem pole (temps /new hires), lots of upper management
    - minimal starting salary for those with less experience,
    - hard to advance, hiring is limited due to non profit budgeting

    Advice to Management

    don't put everything on the "little people"

    Save the Children Response

    Nov 28, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your very important feedback... we take ALL employee and intern feedback very seriously! We are pleased that you enjoyed your colleagues and the diversity of our work. Your... More


  9. "Geat Org"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong protection background, well-respected in the field.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, overly focused on fundraising and advocacy. Political

    Advice to Management

    Consider varying approaches and impact on messaging from HQ to the field.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


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