Greenpeace Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
68 Reviews
3.5
68 Reviews
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Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • very flexible work environment, generally fosters creativity and does amazing environmental work (in 6 reviews)

  • Fun to work for this organization and make a difference for the planet (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • They are a non-profit so it's not the wealthiest area to work in but it's a known Day 1 and understandable in working towards a great goal (in 4 reviews)

  • you have a quota(understandable) but if you don't make that (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent organization with great people to work with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenpeace

    Pros

    Great work environment, friendly staffers, open doors and working for a great purpose. Located in a great area to boot. Allows for a lot of room for creativity and fun but making sure work gets done and done well. Fair level of accountability as well.

    Cons

    They are a non-profit so it's not the wealthiest area to work in but it's a known Day 1 and understandable in working towards a great goal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive and casual work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenpeace full-time

    Pros

    Greenpeace's mission and advocacy efforts are amazing!

    Cons

    Compensation is too low for mid-level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease the compensation gap between senior management and other employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    good for some not all

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenpeace

    Pros

    get to work outside ok training flexible schedule

    Cons

    you have a quota(understandable) but if you don't make that quota in your first week you're let go immediately regardless of reasons like the weather causing people to not want to stop and talk also you go to the same spots almost daily so everybody has heard it already

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    switch it up go to a greater variety of places so that you can get a larger audience

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    I was on various position for more than a decade between the mid-80s and the mid 90s

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenpeace

    Pros

    Fast-moving environment, deeply committed staff and supporters, and a powerful vision. The opportunity to travel, meet amazing creative people, and make a mark on theworld.

    Cons

    The focus of campaigns changed on occasion, at a pace that seemed overwhelming. Often because the information on how and where to target our efforts changed at a fast pace as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on pushing out a powerful vision, and be willing to be patient and stay focused on an outcome even if the terrain feels like it is changing quickly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the best environmental NGOs to work for!

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    Former Employee - Video Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Video Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Greenpeace as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There are many non-profits in DC that suffer from either lackluster management, poor messaging, or unrealistic goals and actions. Fortunately, Greenpeace avoids all of these pitfalls, and thrives both externally and internally.

    Cons

    Turnover is rather high, which is normal for most non-profits. Also, if you don't hold the same environmental values and opinions of the organization, there is little you can do to change it. Of course, this is also one of its prime strengths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding Work

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    Current Employee - Fundraising  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fundraising in New York, NY

    I have been working at Greenpeace full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Any job is going to offer you salary, benefits, bragging rights, room for growth and an office social culture. But not very many jobs will define who you, as an individual, are, empower you with the creative and professional charge to make a difference in preserving our earth, reward you with the knowledge that you are impacting the world around you and surround you with the very best talent available to help you meet these very high expectations.

    Cons

    Nobody said saving the world was easy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Super nice colleagues, got a bunch of interesting people from different backgrounds, not very intense work, medium-paced working environment

    Cons

    May not be the best place for career development, but definitely a fine place to stay and have fun, depends on what you want

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great organization although very top heavy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenpeace full-time

    Pros

    very flexible work environment, generally fosters creativity and does amazing environmental work.

    Cons

    difficult to move up and there is a disturbing pay disparity and lack of vision from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more opportunities for young people, evaluate burdensome processes and obstacles

  10.  

    Good, learned a lot

    Former Employee - Grassroots Organizing Intern  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Grassroots Organizing Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Greenpeace as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Gave lots of training on skills that are applicable in many jobs, like how to write a press release and how to sell an idea.
    Felt like I was making a difference.
    Pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow

    Cons

    Small messy office with no desk space to work at

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, good people, weak senior/executive management, and lots of changes in the works - hold on for the ride...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenpeace full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Colleagues are very driven by the mission
    - Very good benefits, including a lot of paid time-off, 6% match on 401(k), stipend for biking to work, good medical/dental, etc.
    - Opportunity for travel, unique projects, developing many different skills
    - Work-life balance for most positions

    Cons

    - Weak leadership at uppermost tier, which has a serious trickle-down effect; inconsistent communication about decisions, plans, etc., being in a constant state of "in the now" rather than looking ahead
    - Several Operations/Administrative teams are barely limping along, which means that internal processes are very slow, poorly communicated, and unnecessarily frustrating/confusing for staff
    - For positions with poor work-life balance, it's totally out of whack and they are way overworked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's ok and desirable to communicate to staff that you don't have all the answers rather than holding off forever to give a "polished" one. Give deadlines for decisions being made and stick to them. Give extra attention to new employees, especially those in managerial positions, so that they can best support their teams. Trust your staff to be adults and make good decisions. If it's your decision to make and it's an unpopular one, you should be able to defend it clearly. Have fewer, paid interns.

    Approves of CEO

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