US Green Building Council Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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S. Richard Fedrizzi
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  1. Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working environment; state of the art office space; creative, friendly, and eco-conscious staff. Terrific mission and work feels meaningful as a result. Very good employee benefits.

    Cons

    Transparency at the upper levels of management is frustrating. Processes are not clear, and there are a lot of bottle necks as a result. Structure for performance reviews, raises, and promotions depends entirely on your personal supervisor, as there is no formal process in place.

    Advice to Management

    It is easy for staff to feel under-valued when there are not clear opportunities for growth and development. The mission and vision of the organization attracts a lot of talented, passionate individuals who will leave if they are constantly stymied by nebulous organizational management practices.


  2. Mission Driven, but Lacks People Managers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Green Building Council full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission. Good physical work environment.

    Cons

    Current management has good ideas, but doesn't seem to be know how to manage, develop or value their people. There seems to be more emphasis on longevity in the organization than performance and merit.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Depends what you make of it. There are many good people and ideas up and down the organization.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Unique place to work and plenty of interesting initiatives with which to get involved. Many intelligent and creative employees.

    Cons

    Not enough focus on environment---occasionally feels like a for-profit company.

    Ballooning size of some executive salaries every year seems out of step with mission and public presentation.

    Advice to Management

    Returning focus on environment over revenue, and more transparency on finances/spending decisions would boost morale.


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  5. Smart people, cool mission

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I really respect the leadership, for the most part, and feel like I am a part of something that is both compelling and meaningful. I get to work with smart people every day and find the work to be fulfilling.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency around promotions, raises, etc, is frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Create a transparent process for advancement that everyone understands and can work towards.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great mission, but lack of confidence in senior leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work location and hours (depending on department); important mission; meaningful work; great colleagues that are intelligent, motivated, and driven; nice office and good location; perks (gym in building, professional development/ learning opportunities, sometimes a year-end bonus); charismatic and friendly CEO

    Cons

    It's about who you know and if leadership likes you; lack of direction; hypocrisy in leadership (example: claim to be open to feedback, but the "open forums" that they hold are very one-sided; staff afraid to be honest or open with leadership for fear of retaliation); no clear advancement process; salaries on the lower side, in general

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clearer path to advancement and reviews; train senior leadership on the same topics that staff are trained (there is a disconnect between what we learn as best practice and what leadership does, thus there is a lot of confusion and expectations that are not met)


  7. Project Management / PM

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

    I have been working at US Green Building Council

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    two years of adequate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Green Building Council full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  9. Helpful (6)

    Great people, great mission, lackluster leadership and employee appreciation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    depends on which team and which project you are on

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Green Building Council full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Consider flex working options for employees.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great experience, but no real growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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