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Save the Children Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee friendly work environment and good team members (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • takes advantage of those lowest on the totem pole (temps /new hires), lots of upper management (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "Marketing Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent Relations Administrative Assistant in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Talent Relations Administrative Assistant in Fairfield, CT
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company atmosphere with nice people to work with who share a common goal.

    Cons

    Many job positions are temporary considering it is a nonprofit and the job positions are based on the availability in each department's budget. No benefits for temps, even if you are full time. You need to be an independent self starter in order to work at this company which can be difficult for some but can be successful for others depending on your ambition and work style.

    Advice to Management

    Need more collaboration and communication between departments


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. "IT dept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall the people are what make Save the Children so good to work at, everyone is very supportive friendly. outstanding benefits and PTO.

    Cons

    Lack of job and career growth, Save the Children isn't as strong to help build your skills to keep you marketable when changing careers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and mentoring. Very nice people who love working at Save the Children. Very welcoming and understanding.

    Cons

    Standard Intern tasks - Excel sheets, faxing and copying.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Donor Reporting & Financial Analyst in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Manager, Donor Reporting & Financial Analyst in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, help the kids around the world.

    Cons

    Bad work environment. A lot of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Give employee more authority.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "toxic environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    the only pro is the mission of the organization.

    Cons

    toxic environment - abusive. Unfriendly people. Mean-spirited. Don't be fooled by the mission. The onboarding process was a joke. As was the exit process. The culture was not one in which I wanted to be a part of no matter what the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leadership.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, poor money management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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