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Save the Children Reviews

Updated August 15, 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. "Mostly Fantastic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Fairfield, CT
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mission, colleagues, generous PTO including paid time-off to care for family, acceptable Health benefits, development opportunities, leadership development, accountability, flexible work schedules available.

    Cons

    Only "acceptable" Health benefits. Tangential benefits are lacking, pay equity seems to be an issue, way too top heavy, siloes between/within departments that are working against each other, unhealthy competition.

    Save the Children Response

    Nov 28, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Wow! Thank you so much for your feedback!!

    We're so glad that you took the time to share your feedback on Glassdoor. "Mostly Fantastic" is pretty wonderful praise--and we're glad you see the... More


  2. "Comme ci, comme ca"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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

  3. "Leading iNGO with typical redtape barriers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hardworking colleagues who are experts in their fields; exposure to strong fundraising partnerships and best practices; significant interaction with senior management

    Cons

    Competitive, silo'd environment that is getting better with leadership changes; sometimes feels like there are too many priorities and too many cooks in the kitchen


  4. "Geat Org"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Career Opportunities
    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.


  5. "Marketing Administrative Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  6. "Early Head Start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    This is a great job if you love to work with children. You get the opportunity to watch them grow and help them learn new things.

    Cons

    PAPERWORK. Too many bosses, telling other bosses what to do and how, so much that the message always gets changed and the staff gets blamed every time.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to one set of rules for every center, and follow up to ensure that they are being followed through, talk to the staff as much as you talk to directors, keep the line of communication open.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "AVP"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Program Aide at Save the Children"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Aide
    Current Employee - Program Aide
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, Flexible hours, plenty of centers to choose from

    Cons

    You may not get called as much as you want


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate colleagues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate colleagues, love what they do, experts in their field, global focus, interesting and exciting travel opportunities

    Cons

    Since merging with the larger organization, SC has changed, become less focused on the global field based programs and more internally focused on getting more money!

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the importance of that connection with the field!


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