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American Civil Liberties Union Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.9 21 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Susan N. Herman

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Development Department

    Gift Planning Coordinator (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWorking with intelligent, dedicated people.

    ConsDevelopment department is so big that you don't even know everyone's name or function. It's easy to get stuck in one part of the department and you need to fight for more opportunities. There is little to no interaction with any of the legal work going on. So while it's a great company, if you don't love fundraising, it's just any other job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more communication from senior staff to employees, more opportunities to reach across departments and projects.

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    Great mission, terrible management

    Media Strategist (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsYou are making a difference and exposed to very interesting work an dissues

    ConsNo upward growth and has a corporate culture, not a nonprofit culture. Terrible management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Wonderful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswonderful, brilliant co-workers; was given plenty of responsibility but had to seek it out and show that I could handle it by consistently performing above expectations

    Consfunding cuts; very hierarchical structure

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    Legal Intake Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe staff is very friendly and helpful. Always willing to given you a hand with work. The attorneys are always making sure that the interns are in the know how about any new cases or anything interesting that they read. Everyone is very laid back. Fast face work and enjoy learning a lot.

    ConsLot of work and understaffed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    True champions

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat, talented, hard-working people that were able to overcome some turbulent times and are all about protecting civil liberties.

    ConsNeed to catch up with the times and offer workers a bit more than dusty cubicles from the 70's. More employee benefits are needed.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Law Clerk

    Law Clerk (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsAs a law clerk you get a lot of quality experience working on many different research and drafting assignments.The attorneys gave detailed feed back and suggestions to improve your work.

    ConsAt times it can get really busy, which sometimes causes you to lose sight of the big picture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to involve law clerks as much as possible in the planning and execution stages, for example, try to bring in law clerks more in the litigation strategy and decision making process that you are undertaking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience

    Intern (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsIt feels really good to help people!

    ConsThe office place is small.

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    Great place!

    Intake Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsFast paced, friendly staff. You work on substantial issues, conduct extensive research, and enjoy learning a lot about the legal field.

    ConsWork can be an uphill battle (only able to help insofar as existing law and precedent allows for which can be depressing)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You get to work with and meet some fantastically decent and interesting people.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone you work with is empathetic and decent human being, no matter where they sit on the hierarchy. They are all there because they want to be there. You also get to engage with a ton of very interesting people who don't work for the ACLU. And you always have interesting conversations when you tell people you meet that you work for the ACLU.

    ConsThe pay is not so great, but it is at least average for a non-profit. You can't realistically ask for too much from that kind of employer. But no one really works for them for the money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe ACLU has a lot of good connections. Management could do a better job helping loyal former employees find work in other areas once/if they decide that's what they want to do. After all, those employees sacrifice a lot when they work for a non-profit like the ACLU.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Important work demands better management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery smart, talented folks in all departments. Programmatic work is par excellence. Great work/life balance. Generally helpful and responsive staff.

    ConsUnless you have an Esq. attached to your name, don't expect to be rewarded or recognized. Can be hierarchical and political.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your human resources department. Train your managers.

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