Environmental Defense Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
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  1. Excellent, well managed program

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    Former Contractor - EDF Climate Corps Fellowship in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - EDF Climate Corps Fellowship in New York, NY

    I worked at Environmental Defense as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Targeted training, clear mission, supportive management, carefully selected host organizations

    Cons

    A bit short in duration. Fellowship lasts only 10-12 weeks because it typically targets current students who participate during the summer months.

  2. Outstanding internship experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense

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

    Pros

    Corporate culture with mission-driven work, multidisciplinary teamwork.

    Cons

    Recent transition and reorganization, not sure what things are like now

  3. Great place to learn!

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Environmental Defense as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, nice culture, nice place.

    Cons

    No training. Compensation depends on whether you work full time.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good organization but needs some help

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great mission and cause to work for
    -More corporate than most non profits, more organized
    -Excellent flexibility and work-life balance

    Cons

    -Organization needs to invest in staff and training- management could use some help
    -Lack of upward mobility, especially for junior level staff- the organization fails to hire within
    -EDF doesn't always live up to its values- the lack of diversity, in terms of ethnicity and thought evidences this
    -Not as progressive or innovative as the organization touts itself to be

    Advice to Management

    1. Invest in your people. If you're hiring management, they need to know how to manage projects as well as people. If they don't, get them training! It's unfair for staff to suffer under an inexperienced manager.

    2. Don't underestimate junior level staff. They deserve to be mentored and promoted. It's unfortunate that many of them end up leaving when they are more than qualified to move up in the EDF ranks.

    3. The organization is overwhelmingly.... not diverse. Hire people of different races, sexual orientations and political affiliations. With diversity in staff, you'll create more innovative solutions and different ways to approach issues that the organization would never be able to develop with the same voices and same experiences.

  6. Generally a pleasant experience

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and very smart colleagues;
    Interesting projects that enable you to learn a lot during the internship;
    Good work/life balance, no extra work after office hour.

    Cons

    Intern manager in office is not very helpful;
    Pay is relatively low;
    Limited cross-departmental communication.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to interns. Their contribution is considerable but their pay is less than TA job at school.

  7. It is a place full of potential and very smart people - but lacks institutional ambition & too many managers in the way

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of resources for domestic work; Great team of experts; good location and office environment;

    Cons

    unequal pay for interns; too many program managers that stand in the way; few chances for promotion; poor communication of future direction from NY HQ

    Advice to Management

    The org. needs more young people to move the org. into the future. - promote from within and hire your interns (and pay them to show them to indicate value)

  8. EDF has an excellent culture and meaningful projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Oceans Program in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Oceans Program in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is down to earth, very intelligent, and passionate about what they do. If you care about the environmental space, there are a multitude of practice areas to learn about.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the pay is low because it is a non-profit. Additionally, there is not a lot of room for upward mobility because they hire many experiences professionals as upper-management. It's a great place to start out between graduation and graduate school.

    Advice to Management

    The culture is great and management has been great.

  9. Ups & Downs

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, fun company, that works on a mission to help the planet.

    Cons

    Bad communication among programs & managers, low moral, HR needs work, very hard for advancement within organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your team in the loop...

  10. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    EDF has very smart people who obviously care about making a positive difference. EDF also provides an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    EDF is an extremely liberal organization staffed by people who think they are moderates. There is no diversity of thought from management who almost go out of their way to hire far left staffers. At EDF diversity only means skin color. EDF would be wise to follow Pew's model especially since so much of the money they raise comes from Republican donors. And this is why management puts on a bipartisan facade when meeting with its board and donors.

    The few conservatives on staff either hide their views or quickly learn that their input and analysis will be completely ignored and dismissed if it dares contradict some sacred liberal belief. Many of the goals at EDF are noble but management is so partisan and protective of Democratic interests that they will sacrifice their own agenda if it dares to upset other liberal NGOs or any Democratic politician in DC. For example, EDFs scientists determined fracking is safe and does not harm the water table yet their official statements were much less supportive so as not to upset the left. During cap and trade no one at EDF ever mentioned or discussed climategate because management primarily gets their news from MSNBC so they put their blinders on and pretended the scandal didn't exist. Then they were flabbergasted when climategate led to the death of their cap and trade bill. Most sadly, EDF management caved go the fascist voices on staff who refused to attend their annual retreat because it was being held at a beautiful hotel complex with a pro-American theme where Pat Robertson had a small stake in ownership.

    Lastly, no one advances up the chain unless their ideology comports with managements almost like a religious litmus test.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity means thought not how much melanin one has in their skin. Start hiring a diverse group of people if you want to stay relevant.

  11. Great organization with great people working for a great cause

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent in communications and advocacy. A great place for professional development

    Cons

    Lack of diversity both in thought and background

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