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Updated January 23, 2017
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Mindy S. Lubber
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  1. "Former junior employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ceres full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, great mission. Mindy Lubber's leadership is great. Nice benefits and apple laptops.

    Cons

    Limits to upward mobility, low salaries. Middle management isn't always great. Sometimes the balance between effort and payoff is a little off - I think they can value their work and time more highly.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better paths to advancement for junior employees; provide better management training


  2. "Poorly Managed, High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people
    Meaningful work
    Ability to build good network

    Cons

    Constant fire drill
    Poorly managed
    Expected to be on email at all times

    Advice to Management

    Listen to needs of junior staff.


  3. "i like the people a lot"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ceres full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    well organized and fast paced.

    Cons

    My family needs more money to make life more comfortable.

    Advice to Management

    I think the management is being handled correctly, these managers are good and intelligent people and come off as very fair an caring people.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, great people, some growing pains"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ceres full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic, smart, dedicated people
    Strong enthusiasm for the mission
    Access to dozens of in-house experts in many fields
    A chance to save the world

    Cons

    The organization has grown fast and management systems haven't kept pace
    Some senior staff expect junior staff to keep unrealistic hours

    Advice to Management

    Address work/life balance issues or risk becoming a burnout shop
    Need to add capacity or get more focused


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good intentions with management challenges"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ceres full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    motivated and enthusiastic staff
    good executive leadership
    well respected organization

    Cons

    overmanagement of new staff
    staff retention problems in some departments
    lots of growth and change in a short time which resulted in divide between new and old staff

    Advice to Management

    better job descriptions that describe role at date of hire as opposed to a description of a role that management thinks new hires will grow into.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Very positive - Ceres is a unique organization bringing together powerful levers of change for a sustainable economy."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Efficacy in achieving mission-related goals
    -Talent and passion of coworkers drives others to excel and work hard
    -My supervisor treats me like an adult who is trusted to do their work well and on time
    -My supervisor works to advance me personally and professionally
    -Ceres is open to entrepreneurial thinking and encourages individuals to take initiative

    Cons

    -We have seen a tremendous amount of growth and management/management systems are still working to catch up
    -There is an opaque compensation system and I don't feel that actual contributions are prioritized over seniority
    -There is not a rigorous standard for determining impact


  8. "Good Undergrad Experience"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    As an undergrad working part time at Ceres, you get an opportunity to see how environmental regulations play a part in businesses cost structures and economic performance.

    Cons

    A large portion of the work I did was independant research for internal use. The feedback given on my work was positive and descriptive, but I would have liked to be more integrated into working teams.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "good research.. bad management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    innovative team, technically sound and very energetic research and development group.
    teams are involved less in meetings and more in devising experiments.

    Cons

    too much politics by management. too many lay offs. management doesn't even know why they had to layoff people. pay is not good.

    Advice to Management

    management should know a little more science and should understand that science does not always agree with business and commerce.


  10. "Ceres internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great group of people, their work really moves the needle

    Cons

    At times their was not good communication between me and my supervisor


  11. "Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ceres full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, and non salary aspects of work are great as are the people.

    Cons

    Salary figures at the middle management level are really far off even NGO averages.


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