At Child Trends, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 90 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.06. It was published on Jun 25, 2016. 6945 Visitors

What Employees Say

People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
Management hires people who fit in well here.
People care about each other here.
Management is competent at running the business.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.

What They Do

We asked Child Trends to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We provide data, information, and insights on the well-being of children and youth to policymakers, practitioners, and the general public to improve the lives and prospects of children and youth everywhere.  

About this Company

Website: Industry: Other
US Headquarters: Bethesda, Maryland US Sites: 4
Major Locations: Bethesda, MD, Maryland; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chapel Hill, NC, North Carolina; Denver, CO, Colorado US Employees: 123
US Revenues: $15.30 million Worldwide Revenues: $15.30 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1979

Child Trends has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Recent Grads 2016 (ranked 18)

Best Workplaces for Women 2016 (ranked 2)

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 15)

Best Workplaces for Women 2015 (ranked 39)

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Perks and Programs

We asked Child Trends to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Thought Leadership: Everyone at Child Trends is encouraged to be a thought leader, which means that even staff right out of college find themselves doing data analyses and writing blogs or briefs that can--and have-- changed the way policymakers think and legislate or changed the way vulnerable children and youth are served around the globe. Senior staff members find an incredible platform and ready audience for their research and enjoy mentoring more junior staff to encourage their growth as thought leaders.
  • Trendies and Blog Wild: Child Trends rewards staff at all levels for their thought leadership and contributions to achieving our mission. Our annual awards ceremony recognizes (with an ego boost and cash) those who have had the most impact.  And our new staff often make the biggest splash. For example, we hosted an Academy Awards-themed event at a movie theater to present the Child Trends "Trendies." We had employees impersonate famous celebrities to present the awards. Little academy award trophies were given to the winners along with cash prizes.
  • Rotation and Professional Development: Staff may move throughout Child Trends "on rotation" to work in different program areas and with different managers to learn different topic areas, methods, or management techniques. We encourage every employee to direct her or his learning. Staff are given funds each year for professional development such as attending training courses, joining professional organizations, purchasing books, spending time with great mentors or any activity that benefits their growth.
  • Employee Referral: Know someone at Child Trends? Call her or him! Staff who bring in successful candidates get a referral bonus once you pass your provisional review.
  • Maximum Flexibility for Work-Life Balance: Staff have great flexibility in choosing work hours that fit for their job and family life. For example, some staff come in early so they can pick up children at daycare in late afternoon. Others work long days so they can take off another day during the pay period without burning a vacation day. This flexibility extends to letting staff telecommute a few days a weekor even "go remote" full time. We want to keep great people, wherever they want to end up.
  • Gym & Walking Meetings: With a gym on-site and walking trails just outside our office door, many of our staff like to take breaks together or go for walking meetings. We use research in our work on many levels!


$76,694 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Research Scientist80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 64% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $2,400 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 403(b) plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Personal concierge service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
Did we mention we were #18 (just after Google) on the best places post-college/grad school?


27 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 27 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
12 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 12 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
24 weeks Unpaid sabbatical


  • Flexible schedule
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Telecommute option (33% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning


30 days Job-protected maternity leave30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
30 days Job-protected paternity leave30 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
30 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Flu shots
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)


  • 'SVP Research and Operations' is accountable to formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Kitchens are often places of spontaneous celebrations--from proposal to softball wins!


Anytime is a good time for celebrations and gratitude!

How to Get Hired

We asked Child Trends for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

To assess cultural fit, we look for a candidate who:  1) puts mission first; is interested in and compelled by the Child Trends mission and uses it to guide work and priorities; 2) applies an initiative-taking, continuous-learning, and problem-solving approach; 3) effectively communicates (writes well, listens well, errs on the side of communication); 4) is conscientious and has high standards for work and ethics; 5) is approachable (i.e., nice even under pressure) and a team player (cooperation over competition); and 6) s willing to take risks to learn, grow, and better achieve mission.     

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

First and foremost, write a great cover letter. Without a cover letter, we often will disqualify you. A great cover letter gets you noticed. Write a cover letter that takes our perspective, shows you understand what we need, explains how you fit that need and what value you offer beyond the need, and leaves us wanting to learn more. A great cover letter means that you can write well, engage, inspire, and change behavior.  And this is what we want to do with our research. We do rigorous research and clearly communicate it.    

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Researchers with a policy or practice focus in childhood health (obesity, safety, mental health), early childhood education researchers and evaluators, research communications specialists, and data scientists with skills in big data and related quantitative  techniques will top the list, but we welcome unsolicited requests from very senior hires in any area relevant to our mission. 

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Engage with us on research results, implications, and innovations. We publish in many different ways; sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook/LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter--and begin discussions in the areas that interest you. Good ideas contributed in response to a blog, for example, will get the author's attention far more effectively than an all-too-common request for an informational interview.  If you are a researcher or practitioner, look for us at key conferences. Come to our sessions, ask questions, and introduce yourself. If you are a policy person, engage with us at Hill events or through our social media. Link us to new ideas, people or organizations. The best way to get our attention is by helping us, even in small ways, to achieve our mission.     

hiring Outlook

40 Job openings forecast for coming year 13% Job Growth
69 Average applicants per opening 3,713 Applications received
31 Positions filled in past year 32% New hires by employee referrals
14 New positions created Yes Recruits on college campuses
22% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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