Global Footprint Network

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Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. Really nice staff, smart people with a good goal

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the mission, laid back environment, full kitchen that provides lunch every day.

    Cons

    I haven't been there for very long, but it seems a little inefficiently run


  2. Helpful (2)

    Very scattered, not respectful of interns

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    Former Intern - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool mission, complex calculation that they're trying to leverage against country governments. Global reach and influence. Free lunch, good choices and variety.

    Cons

    Very few people here know what's really going on in the company. I heard from another former employee that one person protects his job by not sharing exactly how the calculation works. They give unpaid internships with no possibility of being hired on; I did a job interview for something I was fully qualified for (I have a master's in environmental science and policy), but they were really never considering me. Communication within the company seems scattered.

    Advice to Management

    I would get a handle on your staff and decide exactly what you're doing with interns. If you're not going to hire them, be more careful about your selection of very qualified candidates.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Amazing Vision, Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time

    Pros

    GFN is working to change how world leaders think about resources. Their mission is to impact decisions made by heads of state and national or regional leadership with regards to sustainability, realistic views on resource constraints, and they back up their statements with sound data and science.

    Cons

    GFN has suffered from high staff turnover for many years. Some disliked the low even for non-profit wages, some disliked the lack of transparency in decision making, and some just could not stand working for a husband and wife team that bring their marital issues into the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Bring on a professional CEO or COO, and give them the authority and control to make necessary changes.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Don't do it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time

    Pros

    Some smart staff and nice people, with a database that could be useful if it were applied a little differently and more appropriately. Staff have a lot of freedom and flexibility with their time.

    Cons

    Everything written here by other reviewers is true. The company is unable to retain staff for more than about a year because the structure is fundamentally broken, and people leave as soon as they realize how badly the company is run and how little chance there is of ever changing it. Nothing will change until the husband & wife team that run it step down from all management activities.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Well-meaning but misguided leadership and a completely broken company culture.

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    Former Employee - Project and Foundation Development in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project and Foundation Development in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Community lunches are a plus and some of the people I met here became good friends. This would be a good place to intern or get your first job at, provided you were committed to learning all you could very quickly and leaving soon after.

    Cons

    The management here is really struggling to figure out the company's next move, and any forward momentum flounders in internal politics and unrealistic planning. The science and research being done is not advancing and government/external partnerships are weak, or in name only. Unfortunately, the company seems to lack any real vision to change this.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to set a clear vision for the next 5-10 years of the organization - something based in honest reflection of the current state of affairs and reasonable objectives moving forward. Internal politics crippled the atmosphere and culture here - new, un-related and committee chosen C-level leadership could help revitalize the group. This company attracts stellar staff with its noble purpose and bay area presence and fails to utilize that talent in growing the organization.


  7. Helpful (4)

    I worked at the organization full-time for a number of years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented and eager staff. Flexible work schedule. Exposure to concepts and ideas that have potential for great work.

    Cons

    Staff are not treated professionally. The organization has a serious identity crisis. It wants to be one thing, but it doesn't not have the leadership, adequate staff, or a process in place to achieve its goals. There is a constant focus on everyone being a fundraiser, even if they were not hired to do so. This makes many staff members wonder whether the organization will be around very long.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff. Take leadership training courses and trust the people you hired to do their jobs.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Some nice people. VERY poorly managed organization. No opportunity for career advancement. Super high turnover.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Many of the lower-level staff are very friendly. -There is flexibility with your work schedule. You can work from home sometimes. -Staff lunches give everyone a chance to relax a bit and connect on a personal level -Career development (time and financial support) is decent

    Cons

    -Staff are given MANY more responsibilities than outlined in their job descriptions and are not compensated appropriately for additional duties -Staff are not treated or compensated fairly -No opportunity for career advancement -No recognition/reward for staff that exceed their expectations -incredibly high turnover. -As a result of the above, staff morale is very, very low -Also as a result of the high turnover, the organization is constantly reinventing the wheel which makes the organization super inefficient. A great deal of time and money is wasted on having to recreate things that have already been done.

    Advice to Management

    -Learn from your mistakes -Treat staff fairly


  9. Many opportunities for professional development

    Former Intern - Research Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Global Footprint Network as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office culture, everyone was very friendly, many thought-provoking discussions.

    Cons

    Meetings can be quite disorganized.


  10. brilliant and supportive research team, should hire more

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    really interesting people and varied backgrounds good ideas to work on

    Cons

    execution of ideas is a hurdle not enough staff to carry on work

    Advice to Management

    need to consolidate floating ideas about management execution


  11. Helpful (2)

    No potential for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time

    Pros

    Great mission. Exposure to international issues and high-level audiences and events for some employees. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Founders syndrome. Opportunity for growth hindered by founders' inability to make sound decisions. Staff members are expected to go beyond their job duties, with no recognition or reward for doing so. Turnover extremely high, and those who leave are often angry and bitter about how they were treated during their time at the organization. Beyond that, there is no real product being delivered to clients.

    Advice to Management

    If it is to succeed, founders must hire people who have experience growing an organization, while they step away from the day-to-day and serve as spokespeople.



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