Save the Children Reviews

Updated 23 August, 2014
Updated 23 August, 2014
51 Reviews

3.7
51 Reviews
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Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn S. Miles
Carolyn S. Miles
16 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Save the Children

    Pros

    Good salary and benefit; strong culture; supportive colleagues

    Cons

    None that I have seen.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Save yourself the aggravation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children for more than 5 years

    Pros

    'intelligent co-workers who are for the most part friendly

    Cons

    -poor top management decision-making, constant changing of strategy
    -too many unproductive meetings
    -very political, its who you know rather than your job performance
    -low pay which is the norm but some make good salaries here for many years and do not produce while others have -heavy workload which is never questioned
    -some have 'work from home' privileges but others do not making it very unfair
    -questionable account practices and use of 'preferred' vendor's who overcharged but is it overlooked because theyhave an 'in' with someone in top management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Attracts high caliber people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Westport, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Westport, CT (US)

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Save 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.

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase undesignated funding. Find ways for young professionals to build an international career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Saving Mothers and CHildren in Humanitarian Crises

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Wajir (Kenya)
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Wajir (Kenya)

    I worked at Save the Children as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Open-door policy,friendly staff,performance oriented environment

    Cons

    Short-term contracts that lead to turn over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good Leadership spirit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Mission, but revolving door of staff

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

    Exit 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Public Policy and Advocacy Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Save the Children as an intern

    Pros

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

    Cons

    disorganized, lack central organization of department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I Love working for save the children

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Canvesser/Fundraiser for Programs in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    there are none besides the ignorance of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work SDG128

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Finance manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Copenhagen (Denmark)

    I have been working at Save the Children full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Dedicated colegues, Friendly and joyfull atmosphere, great cause,

    Cons

    Slow in devellopning supporting functions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, amazing opportunities, compelling mission.

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard to decrease bureaucratic barriers and layers.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Financial Management and Systems

    Former Employee - Finance and Administration  in  Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe)
    Former Employee - Finance and Administration in Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore many options for financial mobilization

    Recommends

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