Greenpeace

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Greenpeace Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
75 Reviews
3.4
75 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 7 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  2. 3 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 (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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Passionate, competent worker bees thwarted by management chaos

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Passionate colleagues, ability to leverage brand to affect issues of global importance

    Cons

    chaotic reorganization, lack of business experience among management, obsession with media spin before substance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort things out before the organization implodes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - I T Applications INtern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - I T Applications INtern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Nice work culture, good learning experience

    Cons

    Unpaid internship and you will not get paid for your hardwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Advice they were awesome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    It is what it is...

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    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Orange, CA

    I worked at Greenpeace full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - good pay structure: When I left it was $10 p/hr. for the 3 day orientation, $13 p/hr. standard, and after 350 hours worked you get a pay bump to $14.50 p/hr. with health care and other benefits. And there is a decent bonus structure in place where if you do well you could easily make an extra $100 a week.

    - supportive coworkers: This was probably the best part of working for Greenpeace was the camaraderie you build with your coworkers. After standing outside of a storefront or college campus for 6 hours a day 5 days a week, you really get to know your coworkers and bond with them.

    Cons

    - quota structure: The quota structure is pretty strict, much stricter than most workplaces are, but then again considering the necessary job qualifications and pay rate it makes sense; Greenpeace will accept almost anyone who walks through their door, because they know its hard to assess someone's skills at this job only after an interview. Basically, miss quota two weeks in a row and you're fired.

    - cult-like indoctrination: To be perfectly honest, Greenpeace (or at least the office I worked at) was like an island for lost toys – everybody there was so wrapped in the Greenpeace culture in one way or another that they couldn't see the real world. This job has a way of making you codependent not only on your coworkers but also on the company itself.

    My only advice to anyone who wants to work for Greenpeace is to know when to leave, because if you have a direction in your life that is outside of Greenpeace, this job will not help you get there. It's good for a job if you need the money and are good at sales (if you've seen Wolf of Wall Street, its basically that), or if you really believe in what Greenpeace is doing, but know when to leave, because there are too many people working at Greenpeace who have no direction in their lives and they will bring you down and make you complacent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create stricter guidelines. In doing so you're going to lose/fire a lot of people, but it'll increase the efficacy of the frontline program.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long extra hours

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    Former Employee - Communicationons Officer in Europa, MO
    Former Employee - Communicationons Officer in Europa, MO

    I worked at Greenpeace full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    organization's good image in the media

    Cons

    having to be always available, no social life left

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the employees have a life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Canvasser

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenpeace

    Pros

    Fun to work for this organization and make a difference for the planet.

    Cons

    It is not for the faint of heart. Very difficult to canvass.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    GreenPEACE NO PEACE

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    Former Employee - Frontline Advocate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Frontline Advocate in New York, NY

    I worked at Greenpeace full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    People working there were very hippie and friendly

    Cons

    They push way too harrd and some dont really know hat they are talking about but they make alot of noise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Non really other than if dont think people hate the enviroemtn b/c they wont doante money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Greenpeace is a dynamic and phenomenal workplace and we want You!

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    This is incredibly rewarding work. Its an energetic environment where everyone has a sense of purpose and messianic fervor about that which they're doing. The work is incredibly fulfilling, both creatively and emotionally.

    Cons

    Greenpeace is a non profit so you won't ever become wealthy working here but you know that going in and you will know you're important and feel like you're making a difference with global reverberations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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