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Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan
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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance to Save Energy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of professionals to work with. Fantastic sense of community based around a shared vision. Great place to start in DC considering that it is one of a handful of paid internship opportunities.

    Cons

    Has undergone a restructuring of its mission and has contracted in size over the years, which has led to tighter times and more stress based on expanding memberships. That being said, sometimes there just isn't as much for an intern to do, but that it alright in that they support you with professional development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to better incorporate interns into the office responsibilities. We want to help out however we can, but don't always know how to approach. Self-starters still need to know what they can and can't contribute too.


  2. "Team Manager"

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    Former Employee - Team Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Team Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance to Save Energy part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great communication throughout time there. Very direct on goals and paths to reach such goals

    Cons

    You also have more hands-on experience. For instance, smaller companies tend to be less formally structured, more flexible, less set in their ways. Depending upon your personality and job environment preferences, this can work to your advantage.

    Advice to Management

    While there are advantages to moving to a small shop, realize that it might not be the best choice for all executives. Understand where you're at in your career.

  3. "Not bad!"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance to Save Energy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get paid ($11-$12 /hr) to work on independent projects as long as they lead to energy savings, and reach out to student about sustainability.

    The immense flexibility allows you to tailor your internship into exactly what you want it to be.

    Cons

    Your experience is largely dependent on your team. If your supervisor/team sucks, then your experience won't be all that great.

    Unlike many intern programs, this is definitely not meant to feed into full-time positions (there's many like 4 full time staff to support ~50-70 project coordinator).

    Advice to Management

    An occasional 360 review of your campus coordinators may be helpful.


  4. "Implement self-proposed energy-efficient projects on campus. Very flexible working hours."

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    Former Intern - Campus Intern in UCLA, CA
    Former Intern - Campus Intern in UCLA, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alliance to Save Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    $11 an hour as a campus intern. Very flexible working hours. Supervisor is nice. Get the chance to attend energy-efficient summit and conference.

    Cons

    Won't lead to full-time job. Won't get much support from the public.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Current Intern - Project Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Current Intern - Project Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alliance to Save Energy as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, promotions from within

    Cons

    Limitations on hours, training

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great office culture


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Work Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance to Save Energy full-time

    Pros

    The work culture is relaxed and folks are very kind to work with. You work really hard, but you are also rewarded for your hard work. Benefits are pretty nice too!

    Cons

    Work long hours at times and you its a non-profit so pay is limited, but hey, its for a great cause worth fighting for. They could also use some more experienced management in certain areas.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more experienced management.


  7. "Excellent"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance to Save Energy as an intern

    Pros

    The atmosphere and the experience was amazing

    Cons

    There was not any cons in my experience.

  8. "Great mission, dedicated people, but organization has been shrinking lately."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance to Save Energy full-time

    Pros

    Visionary thought leadership on energy efficiency. When opportunities are available, staff are given increased responsibility as warranted. The DC location is convenient to public transit, talks, lunch spots, etc.

    Cons

    Organization has high turn-over and career paths are often not available within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more professional development opportunities to staff.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Executive leadership not to be trusted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance to Save Energy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn energy policy
    Great frontline staff - friendly and supportive.
    Internship program rocks.
    In the heart of DC

    Cons

    Executive leadership has a record of bad decision making that has really hurt the organization financially and caused massive layoffs in 2012 and 2013. Remaining staff very demoralized.


  10. "Nice place to "start" your career in Washington, D.C."

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    - energetic, supportive and knowledgeable staff
    - a lot of opportunities to network internally as well as externally at events and webinars
    - take professional development goals seriously
    - gets a lot of government contracts so good place if you are looking into a career in environmental or public policy

    Cons

    - high turnover rate. I was there for 8 months during which at least 5 people moved on to other jobs.
    - projects (and your job) heavily depend on grant money, so if you haven't given them a good reason to keep you around you're most likely heading right back to the job market.
    - for an environmental nonprofit that is suppose to save energy- they employees do not walk the talk. Lights are left on by staff including senior staff when they leave the office. Use of paper cups on a daily basis, highly wasteful Flavia coffee machine with individual coffee/tea pods. There is motion sensor, LEED certification and appliances with ENERGY STAR logos everywhere, but not much effort has been taken to promote behavioral sustainability internally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, but also try to keep your staff on board for at least 5 years.