NRDC

  www.nrdc.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

NRDC Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
24 Reviews

4.3
24 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Frances G. Bainecke
12 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Passionate people and on the ground work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    People are great at NRDC, they grow to be your mentors and lifelong friends from colleagues. People have shared passion and synergy for the work on hand. Work environment is pretty easy going too.

    Cons

    For some offices, there seems to be a trend that they like to recruit new blood fresh from outside rather than promoting its existing staff. So its a factor to consider when thinking about career progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the admin procedures to make it more efficient in operation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great organization, but terribly inequitable pay among comparable staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to build skill set. Very non-hierarchical. Staff are given tremendous responsibility and autonomy.

    Cons

    Just abysmal pay discrepancies among equally qualified staff. For years the institution has failed at fixing the arbitrariness surrounding very comparable colleagues' salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Mission driven work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working at NRDC is very satisfying. Everyone there is committed to the organization's mission. There is a lot of opportunity for professional growth by taking on increasingly challenging work and gaining deeper expertise on the job.

    Cons

    As an NGO we don't have the most updated technology so administrative tasks like managing a budget are more time consuming than they should be. Also there are very few opportunities for external training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at ways to streamline processes and update systems so program staff has the tools they need to be as efficient as possible.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Best summer of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    The hours were really flexible, the people are amazing, the overall work environment was exactly what I've been looking for.

    Cons

    You have to be a very independent worker to succeed here. You have to be able to initiate and execute your own projects without much supervision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great nonprofit to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant
    Former Employee - Program Assistant

    Pros

    - entrepreneurial spirit
    - good work/life balance
    - managers can be great mentors

    Cons

    - limited growth opportunities
    - sometimes decisions get trapped in bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Appreciates contribution of interns/temporary employees and impactful work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Meaningful work, and often you get to see first hands the effect of your work as it is implemented, at least in the projects I was working on.

    Cons

    Sometimes very little direction was given on what was needed for work products. Some freedom is nice, but a little more structure would have been nice to begin with for someone working with a major non-profit for the first time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice that senior management interacts with students in surrounding schools through on-campus lectures, class projects, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I had a great time doing advocacy research!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    The most compelling reasons to work at NRDC are its collaborative environment, its policy-minded approach, and its track record of success. Even as an intern, I could tell that NRDC seriously valued work-life balance.

    Cons

    NRDC can sometimes feel like a staid organization: it is only now beginning to embrace the grassroots organizing essential to taking on today's major challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NRDC is a great place to work. Just maintain the great organizational culture, and develop your grassroots campaigns!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    NRDC is the best workplace around -- enables each and every person to do the Lord's work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positively uplifting -- protecting our planet and futre generations...!

    Cons

    It is subject to the ups and downs of th economy, and too dependent on a few, individual large-donors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to foster greater diversity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Takes good care of interns

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

    Pros

    I loved working at the NRDC office in San Francisco. Everyone was very nice and they take good care of their interns, taking them on bi-weekly educational trips and fun outings. The office is located in a beautiful part of the city, on one of the top floors of a historic building, so I loved the commute to work everyday.

    Cons

    The office environment doesn't allow for much interaction with the rest of the employees and programs. Because so many interns come through the company, people seem less willing to connect with interns past the surface level. There is also less opportunity to get a full time position with them, because they are more budget-constrained as a non-profit. However, if you maintain a positive relationship, there may be future possibilities of employment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, meaningful projects, shortage of upward mobility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    People are the biggest pros. They are some great people (from technical , academic, social, and personal aspects) that you get to work on. You also get to work on some really meaningful projects which give you a good sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

    Cons

    The pay is good compared to non-profits, but it's still non-profit pay, so don't expect fat paychecks.
    Not that much upward mobility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for NRDC? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.