American Civil Liberties Union Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Amazing Opportunity

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

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union

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

    Pros

    You so amazing work an the staff is phenominal

    Cons

    Its non profit work so the pay isnt great

    Advice to Management

    Keep your good staff even if you have to pay them more


  2. What a pleasure to work for the ACLU

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It was so nice to work with like-minded, equally motivated, smart individuals. I truly enjoyed the work I did and I felt like I was doing something important.

    Cons

    I was there for too little time to comment on this.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Incredible organization, impactful work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at American Civil Liberties Union full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredibly significant work, many very well educated, smart and committed staff members, challenging issues with which to contend. Knowledge that one's contribution - whatever one's role - could have a significant impact on issues of incredible significance.

    Cons

    Need to focus so much on fundraising to support the organization's work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster a culture of excellence and commitment to openness and inquiry. Consider opportunity to develop - and be paid for - curricula for middle and high school students on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


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  5. Nothing was true

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Great place to work and great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. love the ACLU

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. 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


  9. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Smart, overworked people

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Unbelievable experience

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    • Senior Management
    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



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