Save the Children

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Save the Children Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
68 Reviews
3.7
68 Reviews
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if you are working in the developed country (in 4 reviews)

  • nice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Leadership is completely lacking, and individuals at a Director or VP level shun decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • Staff turnover in hardship posts are relatively high, so senior management at some field offices are not stable (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to work with great people and for a great cause

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Child Protection and HIV/AIDS Department in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Child Protection and HIV/AIDS Department in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work. There is a constant stream of work coming across your desk and even the most minute assignments feel important because you know the big picture is helping the great cause. Great team atmosphere and coordination between departments in the US and abroad. Great support from other employees.

    Cons

    Better regulation of the temperature in the office. Some areas are freezing while others are hot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For interns working longer than the summer or a single semester

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good experience with minor administrative setbacks

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    -autonomy on project tasks
    -work life balance is well maintained

    Cons

    -low pay
    -not clear what it takes to advance within chain
    -difficult to negotiate terms of contract

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Officer
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Officer

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

    Pros

    - best people to work with
    - all kinds of training you can access to build own capacity
    - very open environment

    Cons

    - the finance system - agresso doesn't fit properly with chinese
    - paper work seems too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - reduce the paper work/forms

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great mission

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    Great place to work because they are entirely focused on helping disadvantaged children

    Cons

    Competitive, high level of change both internally and externally

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    My experience working for Save the Children has been mostly positive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Save the Children is a family-oriented nonprofit that values mobility across departments. The organization has a strong mission and values focused on helping children in the US and abroad through emergency response and longer-term development programs.

    Cons

    It is challenging to get promoted within your unit. Positions become available based on business needs. It is very rare if a new role or promotion comes about as a result of the performance of an individual. So, employees typically have to be willing to apply for jobs in other areas, wait for a superior to leave, or luck out if a new job is created in order to move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend placing a higher emphasis on creating policies and documentation across key business-driving areas. I also suggest investing more in technology, infrastructure, and other resources to improve employees' ability to work efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Chasing donor dollars

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Remote, OR (US)

    I worked at Save the Children full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn to be independent and a problem solver working for Save the Children. This is because the support systems are so poor - at least for remote employees. Good people who want to make a difference.

    Cons

    Constant reorgs to align with donor dollars. No consistency or dedication to its mission. Poor morale in US programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make and stick to your plan. Don't sell out your values for grant funds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Employees are very self motivated

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    employees are very self motivated and is very dynamic place to wok everybody really cares about children

    Cons

    long and hard decision making process> slightly beaurocratic

  9.  

    Save Yourself the Trouble

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wanting to be a part of something that helps children worldwide is a good thing and there are some people who work here that truly do have that calling. Unfortunately, I did not get a sense that all donor dollars where used to benefit children.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and reorganizations; everyone feels stressed out about what might happen next; constant problems with computer systems that never seem to get fixed; unrealistic business objectives and goals that are constantly changing; poor upper management leadership/decisions; too many high paid managers who would be considered totally incompetent in the for-profit world yet are kept on the payroll for years; endless hours of unproductive meetings; very political environment - its who you know rather than your job performance; a few do most of the work at very little pay; some can job hop/work from home while others cannot; they make a big deal out of their performance review process but don't back it up with any training or advancement options-its really meaningless paperwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Warm colleagues, Farewell cake for leaving staffs mostly internationals/expatriates,breakfast in the office-milk,tea

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I have been working at Save the Children as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Welcoming people, Warm and Kind staff they'll always say hello and smile at you when you meet,conducive environment with support given when needed, admin is very supportive,office culture like the Friday forums ensures interaction and exchange of ideas

    Cons

    Short contracts you already feel like you are leaving soon on your first day, Intern pay is way too little

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the pay mostly for interns and also the contract duration should be longer to enable focus at the job place and kinda ensure job security for the employees and also try may be absorb some of the interns or refer them somewhere otherwise Keep up with the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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