ICLEI Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Awful management, poor structure

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    Former Employee - Controller in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Controller in Oakland, CA

    I worked at ICLEI full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They met often as a group with people in other locations calling in. There seemed to be some camaraderie between employees that had worked there for years. They had good benefits and the pay was low to average. Location and access to transportation.

    Cons

    Management did not care about the employees and were biased towards some employees. They did not offer flexible hours and even demanded long hours be worked. The feeling in the building was one that was depressing and cold. The board is international and trying to have policies and paperwork signed off on was difficult. They didn't follow laws in the U.S. or know them and didn't accept guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Involve your employees in key decisions. Have an inviting atmosphere at work with opportunities for some fun during the month. Review your pay scale and your board structure towards properly governing the U.S. offices.


  2. Poor working conditions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at ICLEI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good location, nice employees and everyone shared in kitchen duties. Poor location in Oakland when there are protests as it's directly across from City Hall making it difficult to concentrate and unsafe.

    Cons

    Required exempt employees to work 50+ hours per week, btw this is not legal to require a certain number of hours if your work is being done. The office environment was so quiet you could hear a pin drop and employees couldn't readily talk with each other. They lacked team bonding. The management did not know the laws in California and it was not managed well I'm assuming because they were international. The CFO didn't know employment law or payroll tax liability in the differing US states.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a Business Manager or Controller with an HR background in the office to manage employment law and payroll taxes out of state along with the required fund accounting.


  3. Worst management ever! No clear vision or structure.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bonn (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bonn (Germany)

    I worked at ICLEI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Only take a job here if you are just out of university studies and need a little something on your CV.

    Cons

    This place has major management and structural problems (Bonn office). They constantly hire and replace young interns and employees who are underpaid and burned out. Experienced employees are not treated with respect and are not able realize the insight they bring from outside. ICLE is an outdated, chaotic place that lacks a clear vision, lacks organization and seems to be living in the 1990s (just look at their logo).

    Advice to Management

    1. Fire yourself or take Management 101 classes
    2. Get a clear vision of what you want to be. 2-3 goals max...not 8 vague "agendas"
    3. Rebrand yourself if you want to survive.



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