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NRDC Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Summer intern

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    Former Employee - Energy, CMI in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Energy, CMI in New York, NY

    I worked at NRDC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great organization, they had me take care of real research projects, do serious work, they even had me come out to Minneapolis for a five-day field-research project to chronicle of green business development in the midwest. As summer internships go, the pay was not great, but there was still a nice little stipend which is better than nothing.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace of work would be a bit slow

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    Good

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    Current Employee - Workshop Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Workshop Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at NRDC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are doing a very important job for the world

    Cons

    They don't take complete advantage of the people that are interested in their work to make a bigger impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3.  

    Passionate colleagues. Friendly environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRDC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great cause and office culture, everyone is very passionate about working for the NRDC and believe in NRDC's mission.

    Cons

    Easy to become disillusioned in the NGO world, hard to see concrete results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Passionate people and on the ground work

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NRDC as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  6.  

    Great organization, but terribly inequitable pay among comparable staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRDC full-time

    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
  7.  

    Mission driven work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRDC full-time

    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
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  8.  

    Best summer of my life

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at NRDC as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  9.  

    Great nonprofit to work for

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant
    Former Employee - Program Assistant

    I worked at NRDC full-time

    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
  10.  

    Appreciates contribution of interns/temporary employees and impactful work.

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    Former Employee - Student Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at NRDC as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  11.  

    I had a great time doing advocacy research!

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at NRDC as an intern (less than an year)

    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

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