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  1. "Great place for fulfilling work and professional growth as an attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Center for Food Safety full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    -Work/subject matter is extremely important and satisfying -Ability to bring ideas and flexibility (with a smaller org) to work on issues that need attention, or that you personally care about -Staff are dedicated to the work, friendly, experts -Open door policy with superiors -collaborative work environment, not strict hierarchy -ability to take lead roles in litigation, even as a newer attorney, and manage cases,...

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    Cons

    -Like all non-profits, compensation and ability to work on certain things can be dictated to some extent by budget constraints and resource issues -Still growing in decision-making processes, but always aiming towards improvement -If you are the type of person that wants formal performance reviews, those could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    -Improve communication channels to resolve clashes between staff, including at all levels (i.e. mediation, HR) -Regularly schedule reviews that would allow employees to get feedback on their performance but also give feedback on their experience and how organization can improve

    Center for Food Safety2017-11-15
  2. "Stereotypical nonprofit"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Center for Food Safety full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven Cheerful folks Flexibility to work on what you want High levels of individual talent Excellent work life balance

    Cons

    No one had managerial training or ability leading to very unclear objectives and poor project management. At the same time, senior management was not willing enough to give control of those things to other employees and so the organization was stuck in an unproductive limbo. Executives were not present in daily operations and did not provide tactical guidance to take advantage of the human resources they were paying...

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    Advice to Management

    Strip all the program stuff away, focus on legal work backed by consulting scientists. Likely should just merge with earthjustice but too much nonprofit politics in the way. This organization is kept afloat by weird funding friendships and nothing else.

    Center for Food Safety2019-04-17
  3. "Fine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Center for Food Safety full-time

    Pros

    Fantastically motivated and talented people Very flexible Allowed to pursue your own projects if they deliver value

    Cons

    Slow moving, poor management structure greatly hampered productivity, lack of empowerment/support

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be a headline large NGO and focus on what you're actually able to support- which is great legal work with scientific backup

    Center for Food Safety2018-03-16
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Not today, Satan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Center for Food Safety

    Pros

    There are some wonderful, deeply passionate people working at CFS, who have made amazing contributions to the sustainable ag movement. These staff members have gone above and beyond to provide support, mentorship, care, and a wide range of opportunities for newcomers and other peers. They have facilitated opportunities for entry level (and all other) staff to gain invaluable experience with fundraising, grant-writing,...

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    Cons

    DEMOGRAPHICS This organization is extremely white, despite having offices in historically Black and Brown neighborhoods, and having imagery of brown & black people posted in online materials. Tokenism, covert and overt racism, misogyny, exoticism, stereotyping, elitism, Islamophobia, queer/transphobia, and religious proselytizing are perpetuated by many senior staff in this workplace. In attempts to downplay their own...

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    Center for Food Safety2017-10-13
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Just don't."

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    Former Employee - Fundraising/Development in San Francisco, CA
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    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Center for Food Safety full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    CFS is one of the only national non-profits working directly in sustainable agriculture. The staff are very committed to the mission of the organization, but not the organization itself (for reasons below). If you are not connected to the mission, you will not last more than a few months here. If you are passionate about the mission, you will last a year or two before spring-boarding to a different organization.

    Cons

    There are some embedded, very serious issues with CFS. Please fully vet the org and your immediate managers – it truly takes the right fit to work here. These are just a few of the issues, there are many more: Ageism and sexism – Most executive staff have not adapted well to the ever-changing non-profit world, modern trends and style, or best business practices. Leadership does not seem to hold much respect for modern...

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    Center for Food Safety2017-10-03
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Predominately White Environmental Org that Operates Like A Reality TV Show"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Center for Food Safety full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -A decent amount of staff members are really passionate, motivated, brilliant people to work with and more often than not, kept people around longer than they normally would. -CFS is a relatively small organization for being one that works on national issues and federal policy, which means there are more opportunities to shine than at a larger organization. -Depending on which program you work on and if leadership likes...

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    Cons

    -It is run and operated by mostly white people, with senior leadership being older white males, and it is very apparent in the way the organization is run and staff are treated. The organization is racist, sexist, and classist, and pays it staff extremely poorly, especially the POC staff. -There is no HR department which means plenty of illegal and inappropriate things happen there everyday. -There is absolutely no...

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    Advice to Management

    -Senior leadership needs to step down. -The organization should be run by the people most affected by the issues CFS works on: people of color and indigenous folks. -There needs to be serious and effective conversations about creating spaces within the organization that are not racist, sexist, ableist, classist, white supremacist, homophobic, transphobic, fetishizing of indigenous people, or islamaphobic. Staff need...

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    Center for Food Safety2017-10-13
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Environmental Non-profit that Means well but is Not Sustainable for Employees"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Center for Food Safety full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    • For the most part, surrounded by passionate colleagues who truly care about the issues. • Flexible work schedule. • Subject matter is interesting and the mission is extremely important. • Ability to take ownership or work and apply skills to projects of particular interest to individual. • Fun environment, many happy hours and employee lunches (with a caveat that sometimes I wished they would have used the money...

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    Cons

    • No incentive to stay due to low pay and no room for growth. • Lack of recognition of hard work by executive leadership. • Inability to get promoted due to lack of structure in employment hierarchy. There are low level employees working very hard, no middle level position, and a lot of deadweight at the top who rely on the work of the lower-level staff. • No professional boundaries and a lack of HR. • Employed family...

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    Advice to Management

    • Pay younger employees a fair salary that they deserve to incentivize them to stay. • Get rid of the "Intern," title and respect the full-time position--whether it is a Fellowship or Assistant title. • Create an HR department. • More accountability and transparency, especially with executive leadership.

    Center for Food Safety2017-03-09
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Deeply rewarding and but often frustrating experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Center for Food Safety

    Pros

    Working at Center for Food Safety was both a deeply rewarding and frustrating experience. I worked with incredibly passionate colleagues and gained in depth knowledge about agricultural policy, the legal process, and environmental harms of food and farming. The amount of responsibility I shouldered as a young employee was both a boon and burden.

    Cons

    My peers were an incredible group, but there is very little management structure within the organization. It is not a very professional work culture in the sense that deadlines, review processes, employee evaluations and organizational transparency really don’t hold much weight. In addition, each issue area (with only one or two staff persons each) operates on its own, with varying levels of direction from senior leadership....

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    Center for Food Safety2017-03-07
  9. Helpful (2)

    "CFS Review"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Center for Food Safety

      Pros

      Center for Food Safety is a remarkable and unique organization that works to protect human health and the environment in more concrete ways than many other similar organizations. During my time there, I learned more than I could have imagined, worked with amazing people, and was able to witness actual positive change created by CFS. On one hand, so many of my coworkers were incredibly passionate, hardworking, and...

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      Cons

      However, I felt that there was a lack of recognition for some outstanding staff members by the executive leadership team, while other staff members who were less productive were rewarded and never held accountable simply because of their tenure at the organization. Also, CFS has a powerful mission and many of the individual programs do great work, but as a whole there was a major overall lack in strategy and direction...

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      Center for Food Safety2017-01-09
    • Helpful (2)

      "great place to gain exposure to sustainable ag issues"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Center for Food Safety

        Pros

        cutting edge work on a number of issues, lean staffing allows for room to grow into areas of interest (provided you have the bandwidth), staff is dedicated and committed to the cause

        Cons

        lack of transparency, decision making is very top-down, little to no training for management can result in an unprofessional work environment, hours can be very long

        Advice to Management

        see "cons"

        Center for Food Safety2015-08-25
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