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US Green Building Council Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
25 Reviews
3.3
25 Reviews
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    Project Management / PM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Green Building Council

    Pros

    Good Company with a very good CEO. I find no issue working for the company for the next several years.

    Cons

    It's a great company and I have not found any CONS regarding the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    two years of adequate

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Green Building Council full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great workplace, a lot of physical benefits to the work place. Everyone in the industry will look up to you.

    Cons

    absolutely a "crisis management" atmosphere. Particularly amongst leadership and middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Refreshing and Stimulating

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Green Building Council as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best reason has to be that you have the freedom to choose your own project up to a certain extent and can work with people from any team you want. There is a a lot of inter-departmental interaction and everyone is up to date with the most recent developments.

    Cons

    A con may be that there is a lot of work involved in which you may need to take independent decisions. Although that doesn't sound like a con at all, it certainly adds up to the pressure (not much though) over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are already so good that I almost don't have any advice as such!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great mission, lackluster leadership and employee appreciation

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Green Building Council full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    USGBC is undoubtedly one of the best professional experiences I have ever had. No where else can you be immersed with such committed people that one can honestly say will be their friends and colleagues for life. It's like getting to go to college for a 3rd time and develop yet another cohort of friends that you cannot imagine not seeing every day for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    The culture has deteriorated IMMENSELY in the nearly 5 years I've been at the organization. What was once a supportive and active environment has become an aggravated workplace with feelings of unappreciation through the roof. If you are not lucky enough to be in a department that is valued, there will surely be no chance to grow, learn, empower, or lead. Executive leadership is very disconnected with the true sentiments of staff and stagnant wages and discouragement from even discussing compensation makes for a very disgruntled and confused workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hemorrhaging of staff has as much to do with the discouraged worker syndrome from lack of direction, lack of compensation increase, and lack of staff empowerment, as it has the v4 product release. There will be highly increased attrition if things do not change soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    depends on which team and which project you are on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Green Building Council full-time

    Pros

    Being on the leading edge of green building advocacy from various different perspectives. There's a lot of job security since the building industry needs LEED so much. They make it a nice place to work - nice people, benefits, kitchen, the week of Christmas off.

    Cons

    There was definitely an ongoing crisis of confidence in upper management. There were some managers who just made really bad decisions, and some who were just really annoying to work for. There can be a lot of tedious work that isn't well-directed, in part because of the nature of LEED.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider flex working options for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, but no real growth

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    Current Employee - LEED Certification Reviewer
    Current Employee - LEED Certification Reviewer

    I have been working at US Green Building Council full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent experience working on LEED projects
    Flexible hours and ability to work remotely
    Smart, driven, friendly staff
    Great benefits
    In my experience, excellent lower level management

    Cons

    Salary is well below market rate for similar skills/job duties. Salary in my department has been stagnant for years, with no word from upper management about the reason why or future prospects.
    The company has grown exponentially since I started, and is still struggling to manage its growth. For example, there has been a significant % of staff working remotely for four years, and teleconferencing technology hasn't improved in that whole time. Work has become much more metrics/performance based but this has no relation to salary increases or promotions.
    Limited interaction between departments, leads to disorganization
    Processes that should be simple, like requesting IT equipment upgrades or getting reimbursed for expenses, can be a struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    USGBC may be a nonprofit, but it's not a struggling charity where staff will gladly sacrifice salary and job growth for the mission. There are many brilliant, experienced staff members here that you should be working hard to keep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Innovative with strong leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Green Building Council

    Pros

    Strong leadership in the very top.

    Cons

    Staff can be slow to accept change.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    No department is on the same page. The company is very inefficient, especially for a small young company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Green Building Council full-time

    Pros

    The company is very open to having remote employees which is fantastic. Also, you have a great name to add to your resume.

    Cons

    If two departments need to work together on something, it either never gets done or takes so long it's obsolete by the time it gets done. The company rarely gives significant raises or promotions even though basically everyone is overworked. Upper management is completely disconnected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that you need to hire more employees to cover the workload the company has. Don't have 100 different projects, teams, departments at the same time. It's too many and it creates very high redundancy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Green Building Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Super fun, welcoming place. Most staff really do care about the mission of the organization.

    Cons

    REALLY hard to be promoted - within the 4 years of me being in two different teams, each with 40+ team members, only 4-5 people were promoted. Leadership of the organization changed dramatically in the last couple of years, which has made it even harder to be recognized for the work that one does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your staff is telling you instead of trying to chase another deal without thinking of resources first.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great energy...poor follow-through

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Green Building Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people at this organiztion are some of the best you will ever meet in terms of their commitment to the mission and will likely become some of your best friends. Working with a bunch of young, like-minded, laid back individuals is a lot of fun, and having the opportunity to talk to so many thought leaders in the industry is something you won't quite appreciate until you have left. It feels amazing to realize that something you are doing is directly impacting the building industry and that the words you write will be read by practicioners around the globe.

    Cons

    As a company that grew quickly and relies on outside volunteers for much of their technical expertise, many people wound up in jobs for which they weren't quite qualified. Emphasis was often placed on selling the product (LEED), rather that ensuring the the product was solid. Rather than spend money on talented, skilled individuals to work on the actual content of LEED, more hires and funds went towards support programs meant to get LEED out in the world. Additionally, those close to senior leaders were given too much influence and given preference when consultants needed to be hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the basics. Appreciate the skills of your workers and reward them for it. Step back and look at how the rest of the world uses USGBC's products, not those who already have your ear.

    Negative Outlook

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