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Save the Children Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  • Top-heavy with senior management (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "AVP"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.

  3. 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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate employees, flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Too many exceptions, not enough rules.


  5. 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!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, smart dedicated staff

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and poor systems

    Advice to Management

    Need more room for upward mobility & streamlining of systems


  7. "IT dept"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Intern"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Finance Manager"

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    • 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.


  10. "Save the Children - Manager-level review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some opportunities to deploy, IF you're in the right department, right place, and right time.

    Cons

    Some teams make bad hires - nice people but not competent.


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