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Save the Children Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Very helpful team and positive work environment (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. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A lot of useful work opportunities.

    Cons

    No guidance or direction for interns.

    Advice to Management

    Put more value in interns.


  2. "Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This internship varies highly from intern to intern. I would recommend it for undergrad students, but maybe not for those in graduate school. Some interns worked a lot and had a great experience, but I was on the opposite end of that spectrum.

    Cons

    I barely got any work and was completely underutilized.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all supervisors have real work to give their interns. Interns want to feel like they are doing something important, not grunt work that was leftover that no one else wants to do.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bittersweet..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff at headquarters and on the field. Decent higher-level of senior leadership with brilliant retirees from USAID.

    Cons

    Incompetent and complacent HR staff with no accountability of managers whatsoever. Bullying prone atmosphere. One irremovable lower level staff of senior leadership doesn't have a clue on how to manage a team. You definitely need to be lucky and pick the right supervisor !

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and consider their advices, to start with and try to make managers more accountable.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Specialist-level program staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior management is very accessible and friendly. They will always say hi when they pass you in the hallway and strike up conversations just to hear your thoughts, how you're doing, etc. I've never worked anywhere that had such accessible senior management staff. Work-life balance is fairly decent, depending on the department you're in. Most of the staff are very nice, especially IT, benefits, HR.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Basically, don't work here, at least not now or for the next 5-10 years. The old boys club still exists at the middle level of management and they protect each other at all costs, at great expense to those at the support level who actually do the work. No one can tell what these managers actually do; looks like nothing. It might be better when these people retire in 5-10 years, but I'd doubt it. Misogyny and ageism abound. If you're a younger woman just be prepared to be treated like crap and like a moron from your superiors, meanwhile your male counterparts can basically do nothing and get away with it. Forget about promotions; unless you're in upper level management it's not possible. There's no transparency to the process. The organization actively works to try to cut your salary at great effort and any time someone leaves and the job is reposted it's always at a lower level for less pay. There's no upward mobility. Except for a handful of nice people, the environment is toxic. You're encouraged to act like you're in middle school and talk behind each other's backs. Just don't come here, seriously. It's not worth it. I'm getting out of here as soon as I can.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone at the Director, Senior Director, or department head level. I'm not joking. This is where the bulk of the toxicity of this organization lies, and until you get rid of them, it's not going to get better. I've not seen one of these people treat their teams with respect and it reflects terribly on senior management, and I think that senior management in general does a good job. Just stop the old boys club.


  6. "Excellent organization."

    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible mission, smart dedicated staff, focus on impact and children.

    Cons

    Hard to think of any big ones but fast growth and lots of change require staff to constantly evolve and deliver. Some politics near the top as in any organization.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Run, don't walk! Toxic, disorganized, dysfunctional environment. Angry culture."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Time off benefits. The mission. The folks developing and running programs for children are best in class. Truly outstanding.

    The CEO is nice and very funny.

    Some colleagues, although this is sadly changing. "Like attracts like" and the culture is shifting due to hard-core, mean consultant type machines that really don't get it. They speak in jargon to impress themselves and each other, so good luck understanding what you are supposed to be doing.

    Cons

    Good luck taking the time off. You will be hounded on weekends, vacations, and evenings.

    Unbelievably high turnover. Like your boss? If they are good and smart, they will walk. If not, band together and overthrow them - mature, right?

    Ultimately, Save the Children is an under resourced pressure cooker.

    There are also development and program professionals who literally do no work and barely show up as they are "working from home". Nothing happens to them. Guess who picks up the slack. You do!

    I can only speak to the headquarters in Fairfield, CT (the other is in DC). It's in the middle of nowhere and on the border of one of the nation's most dangerous cities. It's a tricky commute by train or car.

    Advice to Management

    Read the above. Think about work life balance and make the environment more realistic and pleasant.


  8. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to work in

    Cons

    Frequent technical issues and IT issues


  9. Helpful (1)

    "All talk."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Director in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Director in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices. Mission is amazing. Family feel in the office. Structured company meetings. CEO / CFO are great. Good benefits.

    Cons

    No accountability. Constant management and structure changes. Allows for long tenured employees to do anything they want and treat newcomers (and their ideas) terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable for their actions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "treat employees poorly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good mission, some good programs and people

    Cons

    corporate bureaucracy, excessive risk aversion limit effectiveness; leadership and senior management disregard employee well being though they give lip service to it


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, terrible management!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Most employees are there to support the mission and are very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    - Little to no upward movement for most people
    - People are not put into positions according to their skill sets and experience, but on a popularity or seniority basis
    - HR works for management and doesn't listen to employees
    - So anxious to fill some upper management positions, HR/VPs don't properly vet candidates

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they tell you there is a problem. Don't wait and let 1-3 individuals decimate and entire department.



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