Environmental Defense

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Great learning environment

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  • Senior Management
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Former Intern - Climate Corps Fellow
Former Intern - Climate Corps Fellow

I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Collaboration with other fellows was the best part. While each fellow may have only experienced a few challenges and only had limited resources to tackle those challenges, there was a Google discussion group in which fellows could ask others for info and help, and learn more about challenges affecting other fellows to broaden our knowledge.

The EDF staff was also readily available to help us work out issues and solve barriers our host organizations were facing.

For the first few weeks there were expert phone calls every day to gain more technical knowledge.

Cons

Candidates with MBA's were matched with the best fellowships, despite not necessarily having the qualifications to perform those fellowships as well as other candidates may have.

The fellowships were also so short that, while fellows could propose projects, they left the organizations just in time for the project implementation phase. To ensure the projects are actually implemented and to provide that learning opportunity to fellows, it would be interesting to offer yearlong or part-time semester-long fellowships.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Consider candidates with other degrees, offer yearlong fellowships to get more work done and be more involved in project implementation.

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    Great organization that balances competing priorities for the planet and people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Associate
    Current Employee - Program Associate

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very pragmatic, yet innovative organization to work for. Seeks to accomplish large-scale environmental change with as many partners as possible. Strong organizational culture. Supportive work environment. Upper management/executives are open and receptive. Strong leadership throughout organization.

    Cons

    For new hires, it can be tricky to integrate into and navigate the organization. Programs and departments operate in silos and there is less cross-departmental communications and coordination.

    Approves of CEO
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    Great work environment with a powerful mission

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees passionate about mission, supportive of work/life balance

    Cons

    Disorganized management, sometimes offices outside NY/DC feel "less than"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improving the voice of people in the organization beyond management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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