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Updated 16 Sep 2019

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3.5
62%
Recommend to a Friend
78%
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Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles
Carolyn Miles
111 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good package, good work environment(in 30 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance (8 hours means 8 hours, need not stay back unless there is any urgent/priority job that needs to be done)(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "poor senior management, overworked(in 15 reviews)

  • "takes advantage of those lowest on the totem pole (temps /new hires), lots of upper management(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Great people who really want to make a difference

    Cons

    Senior Management, too much work

    Save the Children2018-09-24
  2. "decent organization, but can improve working standards"

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    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great colleagues, good vision and mission of organization

    Cons

    poor senior management, overworked

    Save the Children2019-09-16
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Hated this place......."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent Office Space, Ok Benefits

    Cons

    Can't say that I had the most positive experience at Save the Children's DC Office. While they moved into a new building on North Capitol St. this location was just horrible and reduced privacy tremendously. It is a call center set up with VP's sitting at desk right in the open, so if you think you will have some sort of privacy, think again. Professionally, this was by far the worst experience I've had so far.... Would you think with this being a humanitarian organization people would be a bit more friendly. Unfortunately, the atmosphere was very cold, jaded and dry. People walked down the hall, turned their noses up at you and didn't speak at all. I'm a very social person and while I do not look to make friends at work, I expect the environment to be professional and cordial. Wrong again with this place. I guess this attitude was passed down from the CEO because she was not friendly at all. She would barely acknowledge staff she did not know and if she did, it was cold and wasn't genuine. Fortunately, the Executive Vice President Carlos made up for that with his very bright, warm and welcoming personality. LOVED interacting with him as he was such a loving person. They experience a HIGH turnover here too due to lack of donor funding, so if you are looking for a position with longevity, this is NOT the place. If you are a part of the business functions you might stay, however the projects come and go with the wind. The department I worked for was full of conservative, mildly offensive professionals. They were cold, rude and the VP acted as if he did not know how to run his department. The entire environment was just suspect and I would NOT recommend this place to work. They do AMAZING work, but the culture here? TERRIBLE! Don't get me started on senior management....

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    Advice to Management

    Work on increasing employee moral. The work is decent, however senior management can use a lot of training on employee engagement.

    Save the Children2018-03-19
  4. Helpful (12)

    "Burnout; Low-Pay; Disappointing Senior Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Work on many worthwhile projects Opportunity to develop new skills

    Cons

    The work is GRUELING. Much is expected and very little is rewarded. I don't know how anyone is able to have a family when you're traveling for weeks at a time with very little rest time in between. Salaries are truly abysmal. Senior management seems to be out of touch with reality, most likely because very few have any meaningful experience living and working abroad.

    Advice to Management

    Stop slashing benefits; listen to your employees about burnout; allow for more flexible work arrangements

    Save the Children2018-01-18
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Good place to start career but not remain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great mission, great coworkers (in general)

    Cons

    - poor senior management -poor career advancement -little accountability

    Advice to Management

    The mission is great, but there is little career advancement (having a course online does not equal staff development) and the senior management team (many of them older white men) is very isolated from staff.

    Save the Children2017-12-07
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great ambition, execution needs work."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall mission is great and there seems to be genuine engagement and feeling from senior leadership in the issues. Great people to work with (for the most part) who are smart, dedicated, and there for the right reasons. Large reach globally with lots of in-house expertise.

    Cons

    Too many priorities focused on fundraising and not enough support for programmatic growth/excellence. Top-heavy with senior management. Some policies are standardized (like vacation time) while others are at the discretion of the manager (working from home, comp time) leading to inequity and unhappy staff. For salaries, it doesn't seem HR/hiring managers give offers based on years of experience and role against... other staff at same level...leading to very different starting salaries. The value placed on salary history is frustrating when many people often inflate their past history. Career growth varies widely by department (finance, fundraising, new business, comms teams seem to promote staff quickly with limited years of experience, while programmatic teams tend to stagnate). New systems/focus rolled out without thinking through support that is really needed to make them effective.

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    Advice to Management

    Streamline priorities as an organization. Properly resource big initiatives, or don't do them. Review policies and management procedures, including salary offers and increases, work/life balance, etc. and make more equitable. Happy workers who feel valued and treated fairly against others are more likely to stay and tend to work harder.

    Save the Children2017-08-25
  7. Helpful (3)

    "treat employees poorly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for 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

    Save the Children2015-06-02
  8. Helpful (12)

    "Great Mission - Bad Career Move"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    A great mission and flexible work schedule. A lot of "Career training" available. If you need a flexible work schedule this is the place - for a while. Competitive salary for a non-profit. The underlying desire is there among most employees to really make a difference in the lives of children and tends to attract some very smart and interesting people.

    Cons

    Terrible Senior Management, No Career Movement, Participation in "Career Training Programs" ultimately leads to no career movement. Many of the Senior management tend to create an unnecessarily competitive environment which lead to a tense working situation. The struggle to be recognized among mid managers lead to an almost impossible environment for teamwork and ultimately very unprofessional behavior. To... anyone who both wants to make a difference and is also career oriented, Save the Children is a mixed bag. Yes its a great mission. Unfortunately the organization is a career killer and most of the talent realize this after a few years and jump ship to other organizations. Senior management accountability is almost non existent.

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    Advice to Management

    A lot of very talented employees, on ALL levels, leave due to lack of career movement and a feeling of being taken advantage of. Many resort to staying only for flexible work arrangements. As a non-profit you need to deliver on promises to dedicated employees and create REAL opportunities to grow and be challenged or you will continue to have good people jump ship at the first opportunity. Show appreciation... for talent who are willing to dedicate there lives and careers to the mission and the mission will be a huge success. The cost of losing good employees is much more than the cost of keeping them. Suggestion - A real 360 degree evaluation program of senior management in which all employees under them are required to participate in. Senior management should be held publicly accountable to these 360s.

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    Save the Children2013-03-07
  9. "Lots of opportunities to grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Save the Children full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In this development sector, STC is a very big organization that works on different thematic areas. So here anyone will get good opportunities to grow and get depth understanding of complexity of this sector.

    Cons

    In past few years lots of changes happened in senior management level. So now ARC will be on its transition phase.

    Save the Children2018-01-31
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure to humanaitarian sector and a global organisation

    Cons

    Terrible management - focus on budget and project outcomes rather than staff capacity to deliver; poor Senior Management and organisational culture; high staff turnover; 'flexible' with HR policies to suit

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing on supporting staff to have a work-life balance, and apply the rules evenly

    Save the Children2017-12-01
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