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Updated Mar 22, 2019

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Ben Rattray
60 Ratings
Pros
  • "Benefits like 18 weeks parental leave show a real commitment to work / life balance(in 12 reviews)

  • "Everyone here is genuinely passionate about doing good and bringing positive social change into the world(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (14)

    "Hard to imagine working somewhere else"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's extremely refreshing to work somewhere with an engineering team that really cares about what they work on and the values of the company. Every Thursday on the Change.org all team call we hear from campaigners in countries around the world about the impact that Change.org petitions have had, and I always find it hard to imagine that there are any other tech companies out there where your work has such a broad impact....

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    Cons

    There are many fundamental challenges to having a tech company that works on social change, which might just come down to the tension between capitalism and justice. It's an uphill battle to use technology to create social change, and we've often had to readjust our strategy due to changes in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting your employees' broad interests—it makes for a rich and delightful team that's great to work with.

    Change.org2019-01-22
  2. Helpful (3)

    "It's all about fit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Change.org is the perfect place for me. It might not be for you, and that's fine. What I've learned is that it's all about what you value and finding a place that values those same things. Change.org values what I value. I came out of some pretty harsh burnout from my previous role, and I was tired of feeling like I was being over-worked and under-valued to make some rich people richer. The people here are kind and authentic,...

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    Cons

    Some people don't understand Change.org and see it as silly or ineffective. Admittedly, the efficacy of online petitions was a concern I had prior to joining, and that concern has vanished for me. Our top challenge is that we've built a platform for petitions, and petitions are just one tool that need to be utilized to affect change in the world. There's a lot more work that a petition starter needs to do in order to...

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    Advice to Management

    I think we should establish processes that create regular feedback cycles between country teams and product. I think campaigners and country teams have really great product ideas and input, and I'd love us to be in closer contact so we can act on those.

    Change.org2019-03-22
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great mission and amazing place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Inspiring place to come into every day. Truly a mission-driven culture that celebrates each other. Excellent benefits, particularly around parental leave.

    Cons

    Sometimes growing pains from rapid growth, but minimally

    Change.org2019-03-02
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Successful new business model; great culture; fantastic for working parents"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Change.org has a hugely successful new business model -- in 2018 we set very ambitious UG revenue growth targets and hit all of them, becoming financially sustainable by the end of the year. Now, in 2019, we're re-investing in growing the product development team in a big way. It's an exciting and energizing time at the company. Our mission is one of the few in Silicon Valley that is unambiguously good: We help support...

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    Cons

    There's a bit of a cultural bias towards over-positivity -- overpromising, not debriefing mistakes, etc. It's still a pretty white- and male-dominated workplace in the product and engineering team, though the rest of the company is much more diverse. Some of the coolest, most impactful work is done by the country teams in the Global South, but they are split off into a separate legal entity (the Change.org Foundation)...

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    Change.org2019-01-25
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Impact Real Issues and People Globally with a Driven, Focused Team"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Team is driven by experimentation and data in pursuit of defined goals not the judgment of a single individual or small group. People function in an ego-less, results focused manner. The team is open about failed approaches using them as learning points. Mission focused. Helping real people and real campaigns on a daily basis. A global team focusing on local issues. Highly involved leadership team and...

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    Cons

    Still establishing an effective brand and marketing strategy and support for those efforts. Because of team size, getting legal and operations needs met can be challenging. Still establishing (multi-market) development capabilities.

    Change.org2019-01-23
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great employer + meaningful work"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management has had a pretty dramatic turn around in the last 2 years after some challenging time. There is a new team at the top and much better vision and strategy from leadership and for the first time, the company has a viable business model through subscriptions and user generated revenue. Lots of places in technology say that they are changing the world for the better, but Change.org is the real deal. Getting...

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    Cons

    Sometimes management makes decisions that punish regular employees for poor line management, e.g. shifting to "unlimited" time off because managers weren't properly managing or recording leave entitlements.

    Advice to Management

    We're on the right track. It's time to aim higher and think bigger so we can increase our impact.

    Change.org2019-02-05
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Working with smart people who genuinely care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Good career advancement and growth opportunities: From my experience and people around me, I found that generally if you seek for opportunities and challenges, you'll find them, AND you'll also have a support system to make sure you're set up for success in your challenge. * Supportive environment where I know my managers, teammates, work partners have my back * Mission of the company: I'm proud of what we do, and...

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    Cons

    * Trust in leadership is hard to rebuild: Bad decisions that led to the 2016 layoff had caused distrust in leadership and fear in people. Even though it has improved through more transparency and feedback loops in the past 2.5 years, I still sense this distrust in leadership from people time to time. * Compensation package is not comparable to tech giants or well funded startups. * No 401k matching * Not working with...

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    Advice to Management

    * Short revenue sprints and small iterative improvements bring huge results fast. However, building foundations, delivering value and delight to users, finding niche markets are what ultimately will lead to long term success for the product and the company. It's time to pivot before it's too late. * Share more about your short and long term vision past sustainability with the rest of the team.

    Change.org2019-01-02
  8. "Great mission, very difficult job for business development"

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    Former Employee - Business Development 

    I worked at Change.org full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You feel you're working on the world's biggest issues.

    Cons

    In business development, all the big business partners have been taken by more senior people, so it's very difficult to find other non profits not taken that have a budget.

    Change.org2019-01-31
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrific colleagues, amazing social impact, sub-par upper managment"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Change.org full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The product & development teams are passionate professionals who strive to build a quality product that users want. The company is small enough that individuals can have a large impact and big enough that the weight of the world doesn't rest on one person's shoulders.

    Cons

    Senior management is not good at articulating decisions and can come off as tone deaf.

    Change.org2019-01-11
  10. "Heart in the right place"

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

    I worked at Change.org full-time

    Pros

    Top leadership is dedicated to company values, cultural efforts. The product you work on has direct impact on everyday people's lives in big ways that matter to them. Diverse, interesting, global staff. Very competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of a proven business model.

    Change.org2018-12-12
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