Union of Concerned Scientists

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Union of Concerned Scientists Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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    I never want to leave!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists

    Pros

    What a great place to work! Family friendly, caring environment and excellent leadership!

    Cons

    Can't think of any - but we do work really hard!

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    Keep up the good job!

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    Wonderful learning experience, with excellent, dedicated, knowledgeable, and fun colleagues.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists as an intern

    Pros

    Colleagues - Everyone is smart and committed; it's a very motivating environment. Many opportunities to learn a lot and participate given you take initiative. Get the feeling you are taking part in meaningful, impactful work.

    Cons

    Not totally convinced I was actually taking part in meaningful, impactful work, though it felt like it. It's hard to tell how much of a policy victory/defeat can be chalked up to the organization's efforts. The tasks assigned to me tended to be unfocused, which was sometimes good considering I could shape my experience how I wanted it.

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    An incredible learning opportunity with very smart co-workers!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists

    Pros

    UCS staff are all very dedicated to their job and to the mission of the organization. My colleagues were passionate, smart, and friendly. This is a medium-sized nonprofit that is managed well and has competent administrative and fundraising staff in addition to the programmatic staff.

    Cons

    There has been a struggle between the forces of growth and change and the nostalgia for the smaller egalitarian organization that it used to be.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An engaged working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists

    Pros

    The culture--people here are engaged, intelligent, and passionate about what they do. You get the sense that you are fighting for an important cause alongside great people with shared environmental values.
    Work-life balance is also very positive, there are a lot of parents with young children here, and flexible schedules are possible.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a lucrative job, nonprofits aren't the right place to work. And environmental causes aren't always the most politically tractable so successes can take a while in coming. If you don't share the environmental, liberal values of most employees, the work might not be as engaging.

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    Great communicators and motivators, a little slow on decisionmaking

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    UCS is a really nice place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists

    Pros

    One of the best places to work!

    Cons

    culture is to work hard

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    none

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  7.  

    Great atmosphere and committed employees, but limited opportunity for professional growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists

    Pros

    Great benefits. Collegial work environment. Opportunity for flexible schedule, depending on your supervisor or position, but not available to everyone.

    Cons

    Flexibility, work-life balance and professional growth depend almost entirely on your immediate supervisor. Starting salaries are low, Limited opportunity for advancement. No transparent process for promotions.

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    Spend less time on performance reviews and more time thinking about professional development. People are often pigeon-holed in one type of position.

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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists

    Pros

    UCS is well run, and full of passionate people who care about the work. It's a great place to work.

    Cons

    It's a flat organization which means it's pretty hard to move up in the ranks. That also makes it a collaborative place to work.

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    I don't have any

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