I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)
Great mission, amazing coworkers, nice office space, good pay and benefits for a non-profit, flexible work schedule, social atmosphere, opportunities for advancement in some divisions. The organization is still recovering from some tough years, but the new president is making good changes and improving leadership.
Some disconnect between the core work of the organization and the HQ. My experience was positive, but things like work/life balance, opportunities for advancement, and overall leadership vary from division to division. Some in-fighting but less than before. Promotion process is slow and is more about tenure than actual ability or achievements
Advice to Management
Empathize strengths instead of trying to minimize weaknesses, keep up the good work improving office culture, make promotion process easier.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Rainforest Alliance.
First had a phone interview with an HR Rep (~30 minutes), then a face-to-face with the Hiring Manager (~45 minutes). Both contained the standard lineup of questions (why do you want to work here, tell me more about that experience, etc.). Also included a writing test with a foreign language component (~30 minutes).
I was originally supposed to interview with two people for the second round, the hiring manager (who would be the position's supervisor, ostensibly) and another staff member from the development department. However, the second person was unable to make it to my interview, understandably due to an emergency of some kind.
I was under the impression that I interviewed well enough and took it as a good sign that the hiring manager gave me her card and contact information. Of course, I continued to follow up with both the Hiring Manager and HR, persistently and unobtrusively. However, a whole month passed by without any kind of response until I was sent a boilerplate two-line rejection from HR. Just saying, I think it could have been much better for both parties to come to this conclusion a lot sooner, and to at least respond in a timely manner to applicants who did not make the cut.
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