American Civil Liberties Union Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Nothing was true

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the public

    Cons

    Working with racist staff who fail upwards and only learn that doing nothing works

    Advice to Management

    The work place is not kindergarten, focus more on being effective and less on the sniveling lay abouts


  2. Great place to work and great benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Civil Liberties Union

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work and great benefits

    Cons

    Non-profit salary. It's not very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs more innovation


  3. love the ACLU

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great organization, they do amazing work and are a very positive influence on our society.

    Cons

    Hard to advance up the ranks. It can be done but is rare. Also questions of financial management at high levels which lead to layoffs.


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  5. Great mission and dedicated coworkers.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Civil Liberties Union

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very intelligent people that work at this affiliate who are also very dedicated.

    Cons

    Need to hire more staff so that work load is evenly distributed


  6. Helpful (2)

    Fair pay, ambitious and motivated colleagues, great mission and work; I feel proud to work at the ACLU

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Civil Liberties Union full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My entire career has been in the non-profit sector, and the ACLU is by far the most effectively managed, well-resourced, self-reflective and relevant organization for which I've worked. While your experience can vary by department, by and large this is an organization that attracts smart, thoughtful, hard-working staff who aim to do their best to make a difference in the world, both in the national organization and at state affiliate offices. The workplace is very busy but has a laid-back culture (open and accepting). Good work-life balance (again, depending on your role/department) and generally good managers. I am trusted to do my work and rarely feel micromanaged. Creativity is encouraged. Overall, a great place to work.

    Cons

    While the organization is always working on - and reflective about - issues of social justice and diversity, there are certainly moments when it's clear there is a lot of work to be done around race and class, both internally and when making decisions about the kinds of work the organization prioritizes and pursues. There are also limited opportunities for professional development.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Smart, overworked people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people who work at the ACLU are incredibly talented and in it to fight the good fight.

    Cons

    I think your experience depends a lot on what office you work in. If you're at a state affiliate, your boss at your affiliate will determine your experience. I had a terrible boss who constantly demanded high goals without giving the staff the resources to meet those goals. Overall, it was a frustrating and disappointing experience.

    Long hours.

    Poor pay.


  8. Unbelievable experience

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, great people and gratifying work

    Cons

    I did not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    be attentive


  9. Great affiliate. Best lawyers in the world. Fighting the good fight every day.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Civil Liberties Union full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The Northern California affiliate is probably the best in the country. Excellent attorneys, proud tradition, supportive Board.

    Cons

    Ultimately all ACLU state affiliates answer to the national ACLU.


  10. Fun place to start professional career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work, smart people, great friends

    Cons

    entry level positions are revolving door. Lawyers are mostly cultivated for their advancement.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Legal Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive, engaged staff open to providing training and guidance in each employee's area of interest. As an employee you have many opportunities to volunteer with different projects and program areas outside of your formal position. There is great camaraderie among staff.

    Cons

    Non-profit pay scale may be problematic for some, however, work-life balance is supported.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support your workers' growth and development. Remain transparent to ensure that morale stays high and employees continue to feel like a part of the overall organization, not just their program areas.



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