Save the Children

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Save the Children Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
Save the Children – Sanghar – “Community Meeting”

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3.5 50 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles

Carolyn S. Miles

(15 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / life balance is improving with the arrival of new CEO(in 3 reviews)

  • nice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management--lots of changes(in 4 reviews)

  • Leadership is completely lacking, and individuals at a Director or VP level shun decision making(in 3 reviews)

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    Attracts high caliber people

    Manager (Current Employee) Westport, CT (US)

    ProsSave the Children is one of the pinnacle leaders in the humanitarian industry. The leadership is transparent about decision making. I get respect when I tell people I work for Save the Children. I have traveled to some amazing places in my career here and met some amazing people. I have learned a lot in my time here.

    ConsWhile Save the Children's revenue last year was 640 million only a small portion of that revenue is in the form of unrestricted/ undesignated funds. Consequently the organization is constantly having to make hard choices when it comes to funding operations.. Some people lost their jobs last year because of it.

    Because all international operations were consolidated into a separate organization (Save the Children International) there are less international career opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease undesignated funding. Find ways for young professionals to build an international career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Saving Mothers and CHildren in Humanitarian Crises

    Program Coordinator (Former Employee) Wajir (Kenya)

    ProsOpen-door policy,friendly staff,performance oriented environment

    ConsShort-term contracts that lead to turn over

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good Leadership spirit

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Mission, but revolving door of staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Westport, CT (US)

    ProsAmazing mission
    Truly changing lives around the world
    Diversity of Staff really keeps you interested in the work.
    Seriously qualified staff

    ConsLeadership positions are constantly vacating and being restaffed
    This leads to multiple strategy changes
    Salaries are not near competitors in NYC or other metro areas
    Typical Bureaucratic issues when trying to accomplish a project

    Advice to Senior ManagementExit interviews with leaving staff should be considered. Stop hiring executives that are fly by night and using STC as a stepping stone. Great mission deserves great dedicated people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosnice working environment, laid-back, well-respected organization

    Consdisorganized, lack central organization of department

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I Love working for save the children

    Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs (Current Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsAwesome people, amazing statistics,wonderful cause, and wonderful job security

    Consthere are none besides the ignorance of people

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the great work SDG128

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Finance manager

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Copenhagen (Denmark)

    ProsDedicated colegues, Friendly and joyfull atmosphere, great cause,

    ConsSlow in devellopning supporting functions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful people, amazing opportunities, compelling mission.

    I really enjoyed working at Save the Children, and feel that we were truly contributing in positive ways.

    ConsSome positions have unknown funding futures and employees outside the fundraising team can't do much to seek continued funds / more job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork hard to decrease bureaucratic barriers and layers.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Financial Management and Systems

    Finance and Administration (Former Employee) Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe)

    ProsSave the Children has got good accounting and financial reporting systems for both internal and donors.

    ConsSub- offices to have some input in the day to day accounting e.g entering of data in the sun system daily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExplore many options for financial mobilization

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    True commitment to excellence and impact for children.

    Specialist (Current Employee) Westport, CT (US)

    ProsStaff and management have very high standards for our work, in a way that's very inspiring. The work environment is flexible and supportive, with many allowances for working remotely.

    ConsMany people like the office location (Southern CT), but it's a con for me because I find it boring, expensive, and difficult to get to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experiences and valuable learning opportunity

    Intern (Former Employee) Hanoi (Vietnam)

    ProsExcellent training, varied responsibilities and highly dynamic working environment

    ConsDifficult in terms of career progression and some roles require specialist knowledge

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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