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Cambridge, MA
201 to 500 employees
1969
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to ... Read more

Mission: The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with people across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for ... Read more

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    "an Ecuadorian-immigrant's experience at UCS"

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    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - an organization that is constantly holding hard, challenging conversations within so that we can be better, more inclusive (then we already are)
    - a strong mix of younger and more experienced staff that together are coming up with innovating ways to communicate our message
    - strong leadership willing to share their knowledge and expertise to help grow and develop staff
    - on more then a few occasions, my co-workers (friends and family) have been there to support me, others, and each other. The sense of team unity I have experienced is simply awesome!
    - Yes, the benefits are awesome! And although we work hard, we are always being advised to maintain a good work-life balance (although some of don't listen always, this guys being one of them).

    My personal note, in case it helps you decide if you want to work here or not:

    As an immigrant, Ecuadorian man, I am proud of working here at UCS. Since I arrived, 4 years ago, I have constantly participated in engaging, motivating, smart conversations without once being made feel small. That is very meaningful, to me. I have been treated just like everyone else, had the same level of expectations put on me, we all work hard, and we celebrate together.

    I am making this post not to go against others' points of views, or their experiences here. (Who am I to say how someone else should feel? ) I make this post, because if a difficult conversation about racial equity in a workplace is going to happen, the conversation should also include the view points of those like me. I don't hide that UCS is actively working on issues regarding racial equity (both internally and with our external work), but I would also never call us pretenders in this space. I myself sit in the Cultural Competency Committee and in the Diversity and Equity Team within my own program and know of many other groups within the organization also working in this space.

    I work here because I found a company that wanted to inform people of color, disenfranchised groups, people most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, deforestation, accountability, etc. I work here because the only way we make the change we want in the world is by taking a seat in the table and getting to work. Come join us! If you do, I am more than willing to revisit this topic more in-depth with you. (Ask my friends, I talk a lot.)

    Sincerely,
    - a friend

    Cons

    - Honestly, people love working here and try not to leave. This creates a natural log jam sometimes that I can see could lead to frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe having clearer paths for growth could assist in setting the right expectations for new employees.

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Union of Concerned Scientists (Berkeley, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I was called for a phone interview shortly after applying, it was a brief but positive conversation. I was asked very generic first phone interview questions, there wasn't all that much opportunity to go back and forth, but it went well enough that I was invited in for an in person interview a few weeks later. The in person interview was much more challenging than the phone interview for a number of reasons.

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