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Updated May 11, 2017

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2.8
41%
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles
Carolyn Miles
2 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mission, friendly staff, great place to learn and grow

    Cons

    structure can sometime be difficult to navigate

    Advice to Management

    invest in staff and ensuring they feel valued

    Save the Children2017-05-11
  2. Helpful (10)

    "Great mission, poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission of helping kids, truly smart and devoted people, a wonderfully engaged board of trustees and the ability to make real change in the world.

    Cons

    Leadership is stale. The ceo lacks vision and has presided over 5 years of no growth. C-level executives lack managerial courage and cannot make difficult decisions around prioritization. Hopefully a new board chair will start a leadership change.

    Advice to Management

    Time for a change!

    Save the Children2017-04-27
  3. Helpful (10)

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

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    Senior Director in Fairfield, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children for 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.

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    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.

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    Advice to Management

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

    Save the Children2015-09-26
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