Ceres Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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    Smart people, solid work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ceres full-time

    Pros

    Ceres is full of some of the smartest, most passionate people I have ever worked with. Almost every day there is a feat in the environmental world that somehow traces back to Ceres. Senior-level management is generally good, and their benefits are great. You can tell that this an organization that takes its mission seriously and cares about its people.

    Cons

    Like with any non-profit, salaries could be higher and management could be stronger. Lower-level employees are working above and beyond what their being paid. Some turnover, but generally people seem pretty happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention to the work load of those you manage. Make sure what you're asking of them is realistic under the guidelines of their job descriptions and salaries.

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    Great mission, great people, some growing pains

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Ceres full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic, smart, dedicated people
    Strong enthusiasm for the mission
    Access to dozens of in-house experts in many fields
    A chance to save the world

    Cons

    The organization has grown fast and management systems haven't kept pace
    Some senior staff expect junior staff to keep unrealistic hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address work/life balance issues or risk becoming a burnout shop
    Need to add capacity or get more focused

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    Incredibly motivating work atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Corporate Programs Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Corporate Programs Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Ceres as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You see the impact of your work and there is a lot of collaboration between people within teams to accomplish progressive company goals regarding CSR and ESG analysis

    Cons

    nothing that comes to the top of my head

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    good intentions with management challenges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ceres full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    motivated and enthusiastic staff
    good executive leadership
    well respected organization

    Cons

    overmanagement of new staff
    staff retention problems in some departments
    lots of growth and change in a short time which resulted in divide between new and old staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better job descriptions that describe role at date of hire as opposed to a description of a role that management thinks new hires will grow into.

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    Powerful great organization, poor retention

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ceres

    Pros

    great network, excellent industry, smart president.

    Cons

    some organizational dysfunction, overworked senior employees who set poor work/life balance example - will hurt sustainability of organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seemed to me that many rank and file employees felt unsatisfied/didn't have growth prospects, so smart people bled out of the organization. Smart leaders though.

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    Very positive - Ceres is a unique organization bringing together powerful levers of change for a sustainable economy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Ceres

    Pros

    -Efficacy in achieving mission-related goals
    -Talent and passion of coworkers drives others to excel and work hard
    -My supervisor treats me like an adult who is trusted to do their work well and on time
    -My supervisor works to advance me personally and professionally
    -Ceres is open to entrepreneurial thinking and encourages individuals to take initiative

    Cons

    -We have seen a tremendous amount of growth and management/management systems are still working to catch up
    -There is an opaque compensation system and I don't feel that actual contributions are prioritized over seniority
    -There is not a rigorous standard for determining impact

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  8.  

    Good Undergrad Experience

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Ceres

    Pros

    As an undergrad working part time at Ceres, you get an opportunity to see how environmental regulations play a part in businesses cost structures and economic performance.

    Cons

    A large portion of the work I did was independant research for internal use. The feedback given on my work was positive and descriptive, but I would have liked to be more integrated into working teams.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good research.. bad management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Ceres

    Pros

    innovative team, technically sound and very energetic research and development group.
    teams are involved less in meetings and more in devising experiments.

    Cons

    too much politics by management. too many lay offs. management doesn't even know why they had to layoff people. pay is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management should know a little more science and should understand that science does not always agree with business and commerce.

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