Rainforest Alliance

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Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Reasonable company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and reasonable pay.

    Cons

    Do not encourage creativity and provide low level of professional development or support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication between offices so staff don't get isolated. Greater attention by management to help staff develop professionally.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    frustrating organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rainforest Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits package and time off is generous

    Cons

    There are a plethora of inefficiencies, from IT and systems to general work flow. High turnover rate. The vast majority of managers are poor leaders and have little to no management training or experience. Upper management does not value staff or care about employee retention or satisfaction. No opportunities for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to employee feedback and staff morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    The organizational mission is great, benefits are great, salaries are fair, leadership is schizophrenic.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary, after recent adjustments, has been fair and the general benefits package is great. For the most part fellow employees are dedicated, hard working and fun in the office and outside. There is an amazing variety of people working for the organization and the opportunity to gain global perspective on environmental and social issues was fantastic. The programs/divisions which are well run can produce some amazing results and produce meaningful impacts on the ground and in global markets.

    Cons

    Support services are generally poor despite the efforts of mid-level staff. Boots-on-the-ground level programs seem to perform in spite of those internal services rather than supported by them. Organizational planning is, on the surface, intended to be transparent and inclusive but presented in such massive 'chunks' as to preclude actual meaningful input. There is a definite feeling of inequity in staff position, low level staff in one division/program seem to have more real responsibility and demonstrable impact that senior managers in other programs/divisions. Organizational follow-through is poor. Massive announcements will be made prematurely (new initiatives, new policies...) and then no results are ever seen. Finally, some decisions seem to be made more for organizational 'politics' than actual rational thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say what you do, and then do what you say. If processes are intended to be inclusive then structure and resource them enough to actually use the input solicited. If transparency is a component of your operation then actually be transparent, provide clear and accessible information. Follow through on your commitments (real or implied), if you do not actually intend to do something then do not say it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok benefits, incompetent management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance

    Pros

    Employees care for and believe on the mission. Good benefits. Great centrally situated location. Opportunities for travel to Latin America and Africa.

    Cons

    Highly political, incompetent management team. The organization suffers from corporate ADHD, as they can't concentrate on one thing for more than days or weeks. The one department that I would exonerate would be the Communications department. If you read the book "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team", this is a great example of a company that's highly dysfunctional. Few high level managers are highly dictatorial and very insecure. Lots of voluntary and involuntary employee turnover and burn out. Really old building, elevators are always breaking down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management team needed, the organization has grown beyond the capability of the current management team.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized company

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Comparing to other well developed companies. I can hardly say any pros here. Maybe a company with great mission, international but with no more than 500 employees.

    Cons

    Unpleasant experience, I don't wanna say anything particularly but this is definitely not a growing environment for people who work here no matter for young professionals or senior managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disorganized company, staff are setup to fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I look back at the experience with fondness. There were some great people and the environment was very encouraging.

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    Former Employee - Membership  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Membership in New York, NY

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The office location is prime, lots of sunshine streaming in, soothing colors. The best part was the people. Great motivators and productivity was high.

    Cons

    For a company whose mission is partly to save rainforests, we also used a lot of paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since I was just a intern, I can't really say. But perhaps some more ways to ease the physical stress of sitting in front of a computer all day?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very unpleasant experience-- would not recommend beginning your career here

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    Former Employee - Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Full health benefits, short 35 hour work weeks

    Cons

    Disorganized employees, very low pay, slow to promote, disrespectful senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough value is placed on retaining valued employees or incentivizing them to do quality work. Senior management is disrespectful and takes advantage of entry-level employees. Several of the executive staff are incompetent with no management skills. The organization as a whole takes on more than it can reasonably handle, resulting in mediocrity in all its endeavors. If you're looking to "make a difference", this isn't the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission but employees are setup to fail!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is great work that is being done by the people on the ground, period! Unfortunately I can only justify my pros to the better half of the organization since there is a significant divide with upper management.

    Cons

    As for the other half, there is tremendous turn-over rate, where fixing things is not achievable when all the people you work with is constantly leaving and changing priorities. Every decision has to be approved by the CFO, who is always unavailable and god forbid if you make a decision, you are then punished and on your way out. Most staff are hired as managers with little or no staff or resources since their one job is equivalent to 3 roles, so they end up doing everything and not one thing well. Some areas are really bad to a point that you are expected to commit working everyday till after 9 pm since everyday is an emergency. Upper management does not value their staff and instead of investing in their current employees, they rather hire new people and set you up to quit. They would lie, cheat and stab their staff in the back once they feel they are done with you. Out of all the places I have worked in, this was the worst professional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please quit! Rainforest Alliance would be better off without you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Completely Mismanaged and Disorganized

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    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in New York, NY

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Health and vacation benefits are really good. The IT department is very knowledgeable. In general, the support staff are fun people who work hard and are great office mates.

    Cons

    Where to start? There is a complete lack of urgency to get things done and done correctly. Instead of taking some time to evaluate everything that needs to be done and coming up with a work plan, everyone is constantly putting out fires. The worst part is that they freely admitted this to me on my first day. Deadlines for major overhauls and projects got pushed back by months several times, sometimes causing major disruptions in workflow.
    It is a relatively casual work atmosphere, but some people take it past the point of unprofessional in their attire, language, conversation topics and workspace cleanliness.
    Pay is below average even for non-profits, however some of the benefits make up for this a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire department directors with actual management skills. It's nice to have directors and leadership who are charismatic, but that can only take you so far. If they don't have the management skills necessary to run their department, or even just a few employees this place is going to continue to be a disaster.

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

    Great mission in the past; epic failure to adjust for the future

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Rainforest Alliance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Perfect for the environmental and social activist among us... bending business practices and consumer behavior to benefit biodiversity conservation and sustainable production

    Cons

    An increasingly out of touch executive management that is failing to capitalize on its track record and the huge experience base of its program staff around the world; too many decisions divorced from the core conservation mission and focusing on the accounting, financial, legal and HR policies that might have been appropriate in their day but are setting RA up for stalemate in its future engagements with its base supporters: consumer, industry and governmental partners at one end of the spectrum and the producers and communities around the world at the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the mission of conserving biodiversity and move quickly to align corporate culture, values and actual practices of the back office with the now global program imperatives and opportunities... listen to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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