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Save the Children Reviews

Updated 11 February 2015
Updated 11 February 2015
71 Reviews
3.7
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles
Carolyn S. Miles
29 Ratings

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.  

    Internship Review

    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at Save the Children

    Pros

    Great Work is given and work environment is brilliant. The people that work there are extremely motivating and helpful.

    Cons

    Interns should also be remunerated

  2.  

    Still recovering from global restructuring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Based Program Director
    Current Employee - Field Based Program Director

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

    Pros

    In some parts of the organization, there is some innovative work happening. You feel part of some great work on the ground and making a real difference in the lives of children. Depending on the type of contract you have, the salary and benefits can range from excellent to average. Good career opportunities within the organization.

    Cons

    Save the Children is still recovering from their global restructuring in recent years. There is poor communication and cooperation among country office and member and program countries and the global systems to improve this are still forming. Member countries often do not understand well the contexts of various program countries and therefore provide unhelpful and sometimes hurtful support to program offices. Its not a very 'mission' and values driven organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide open feedback mechanisms for country offices. For example, program offices should be able to provide feedback on member country technical support. Focus on culture and context based programming. One size does not fit all and we need to move beyond this mindset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Need to improve a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel and learn from field.

    Cons

    Defunct leadership
    No growth
    Lesser pay
    Poor work culture
    Nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sensitive to employees need and professional growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    good experience with minor administrative setbacks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Child Protection and HIV/AIDS Department in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Intern - 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
  7.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    Chasing donor dollars

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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