Trust for Public Land Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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  1. Rewarding work -- tough place to get ahead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding work in every sense of the word. Feels good to make a difference in your community. You get to work with a lot of smart, motivated people. Great healthcare benefits and good 403(b) retirement plan.

    Cons

    Although they've been around for more than 40 years, the organization continues to struggle with its overall direction and what it wants to be. With this struggle comes a lot of turnover--from upper management down to local personnel--and constant changes to the organizational structure. However, instead of promoting from within during times of turmoil, the company typically hires from outside the company to fill open positions. There are some field personnel who've had the same title for 10 years or more. So, if you want to move up in the organization, you may need to try somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Management should think about moving people up the leadership chain when positions become available even if they are in other locations. More good people would probably stick around during the lean years, because they know there is still opportunity to move up in the organization when the times get better.


  2. Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, overall calm but effective envionment.

    Cons

    Can get slightly mundane, though for some not a bad thing.


  3. Amazing cause, amazing people

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Believing in the work you do every day Working with driven, thoughtful people Having a tangible impact

    Cons

    None that I can think of


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  5. A wonderful place to work!

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone truly cares about the job at hand and one another. A great place to work.

    Cons

    Since it is a non-profit, they cannot pay market rate salaries. Most salaries are below market range. However, benefits are great!


  6. Admin

    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The protection from density and protecting space to build parks instead of buildings to house hundreds of people

    Cons

    The LA Offiice needs sexual harassment training and needs a visit to the Museum of Tolerance. The staff lacks common courtesy when dealing with people of skin color.

    Advice to Management

    Lawyer up


  7. A sweatshop, I feel bad for anyone that works here in Development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Trust for Public Land full-time

    Pros

    Great location. It's just off of the Montgomery BART station so if you need to sneak off on your lunch hour and interview somewhere else, it's pretty handy.

    Cons

    -terrible pay that is below industry standards -overworked employees with terrible morale -Poor career path and growth opportunities. -A bunch of antisocial managers that care more about their titles than anything else. -zero innovation

    Advice to Management

    Seriously consider having an upheaval of managers in Development. I've seen plenty of talented people walk away from this dreary depressing job.


  8. Innovative and exciting

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    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This organization puts a new spin on the traditional conservation model, with a robust and well-research climate plan for cities and parks. Co-workers are at the forefront of their industries, people get up excited to do this work.

    Cons

    Cross management chains can make collaboration a bit sticky at times but this is definitely a learning org. Culture of (national) organization varies widely based on which office you're in at the time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Ten year former employee who's seen it all

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great mission; some very smart, talented people doing on the ground work.

    Cons

    TPL is a typical nonprofit with budgetary and operational dysfunction. That said, much of the dysfunction has to do with the lack of a competent leadership. Professional growth is difficult and HR is stuck in some 80's vortex where the primary concern is protecting and defending senior leadership. The board is dominated by men and diversity is lacking as a whole. Communication is very poor amongst the organization and there is little to no culture to speak of.


  10. It is overall a great place to work; much like a nonprofit real estate company that buys land for the public good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You work for an organization that good things for the planet Friendly work environment Educated colleagues

    Cons

    The salary, of course, is not competitive with the private sector It has a hierarchical staff/flow chart; very corporate for a nonprofit Professional growth is incidental, not formal


  11. Mostly a great employer.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They really try to treat their employees well.

    Cons

    It is a non-profit after all. The budget isnt always what you would want it to be



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