Environmental Defense Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Very strong people, mission, network, and commitment to results

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bright people, reasonable work-life balance, exciting projects, competitive compensation, entrepreneurial, taking cutting edges to solve the most difficult problems, has a diverse and helpful network that is used for fundraising but also advancing program goals, good focus on getting tangible, measurable environmental results, unusual discipline for a non-profit organization

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, some lack of transparency into management decisions, need to improve cross-programmatic work in some areas, tough to get a job, as it is a very competitive landscape with lots of applicants for almost every position that opens up


  2. Great company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful culture and passionate people

    Cons

    Somewhat elitist, can be hard to move up


  3. Great place to work...except when it's not

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The organization does cool, important stuff. Most employees are smart and intense and dedicated to making the world a better place. The organization is focused strategically on getting stuff done. Risk taking is often supported. Lots of change.

    Cons

    Lots of change. Long hours and you're always on-call. Things can go from great to terrible without warning. Employees are disposable - I saw a number of people who were seemingly solid employees get systematically pushed out. It was an ugly process and people left angry and confused. Management is spotty. Most managers are subject experts and don't do much managing.

    Advice to Management

    Support and manage your talented employees. If someone is on the outs, or if changes are coming, give it to your employees straight.


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  5. There has not been a better sense of teamwork in the Development support team but management could use a few pointers.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    great Development support team. they have great communication with each other, and great sense of teamwork. they are willing to lend a hand when needed, band together to execute projects, and they are not only colleagues but become friends as well. they look out for your best interest along with the best interest of the department to further the success of the company.

    Cons

    Development management team lacks that communication and teamwork. management team cannot articulate their needs, they can only articulate what is wrong after assigning a task without direction.

    Advice to Management

    needs better communication and articulation of needs. needs to articulate what is wanted when assigning a task rather than waiting to see a draft and pointing out everything that is NOT wanted. need to make themselves more present and available in the office.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Seems like a cool place to work but do not accomplish much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and generally fun, younger staff, especially in the larger offices. Your experience completely depends on your manager and program. I had some of the best managers and some of the worst. There is no management training for new managers and there are a lot managers managing a lot of people who are not effective managers.

    Cons

    Extreme lack of transparency into human resources, promotions, compensation, and the organization overall. Everything is driven by money. They will do anything for a dollar even compromise project goals. If you do not have money for something new that you want to do then you will not make it past the first conversation with your boss and no one will help you find the money even though there is an entire department dedicated to finding and securing funding for projects. They pride themselves on being "entrepreneurial" which may have been true 20-30 years ago but not any more. This organization operates/acts more like a corporation than a nonprofit. Not the place for someone who wants to do something very different and is very idealogical/passionate. The wasting of resources, time/money, is also unbelievable...extravagant meals, events, salaries, offices, etc. They discuss "diversity" like white ivory-leaguers, they discuss it but do not do anything about it...by far the least diverse (ethnically, economically, socially, experientially) organization I have ever seen or been a part of in my career.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers. Work experience and/or degrees does not automatically make effective managers. Salaries and promotions should not be so disparate and secretive.


  7. Nice organization to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pays well. Get to work independently. Learn a lot about helping organizations improve energy efficiency. Proactive staff. Good for the environment.

    Cons

    Have to pay for expensive training up front. Reimbursed later.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Passionate people, pragmatic enviro ngo, bad salaries and inexistent career development for junior staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that work there are great, passionate and interesting; great colleagues.

    Cons

    salary and lack of carreer development plan


  9. Great work environment with capable collegues that are all passionate about many facets of the environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense part-time

    Pros

    It is a very professional work environment and your colleagues are always willing to share and collaborate their independent work.

    Cons

    Management is always willing to listen but not often willing to move on policy which sometimes leaves them behind the curve. Overly cautious but nonpartisanship can be helpful later on.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate
    Current Employee - Program Associate
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Great work environment with a powerful mission

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Improving the voice of people in the organization beyond management



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