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"Highly credible think tank with a great staff"

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Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
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Pros

Because the institute has a smaller staff, there's a very tight knit community where everyone can brainstorm collectively on marketing or fundraising strategies. As an intern, I was able to bounce ideas off everyone in the office which was very nice to be able to do.

Cons

At Worldwatch Institute, since everyone for the most part has their own research project, you do feel isolated from projects that you're not directly contributing to. Since I was interning for the communications director, I got to see bits and pieces of ongoing projects but for those that are just working on their own projects --they may not have as much of a grasp on all the projects going on.

Advice to Management

I think the institute would really benefit from more group meetings just so that everyone can have an idea of what everyone else is working on. Since the staff is small, it shouldn't be hard and wouldn't hurt for everyone to get together and share what they are working on.

Worldwatch Institute Response

Jun 1, 2016 – Communications and Marketing Director

You'll be happy to know that we've implemented monthly all-hands meetings. We've also started monthly "salons," where the staff gathers to discuss topics of sustainability in a semi-structured... More

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "An overall positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Climate and Energy Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Climate and Energy Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Engaging team who work in a hard-working and positive environment
    - Their was flexibility in choosing what projects I wanted to work on
    - Work was very relevant to what my background was, plus I learned a lot about non-profit think tank through practical experience

    Cons

    - There could be a little more communication between teams responsible for each program

    Advice to Management

    Go to conferences/talks and lunches together more because they are the are team-building and generate a knowledge sharing environment

    Worldwatch Institute Response

    Jun 1, 2016 – Communications and Marketing Director

    We've noted the need to communicate across various programs and work sites, and we've started implementing monthly gatherings to promote more discussion between teams. We'll be hosting brown bag... More


  2. "Heading in the right direction"

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

    I have been working at Worldwatch Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    --Highly motivated junior staff
    --Nimble research teams focus on high impact opportunities
    --Small size gives great opportunities for stepping into management roles

    Cons

    --Funding
    --Limited communication between research & admin departments

    Advice to Management

    --Promote engagement of senior/remote staff in office
    --Strengthen pipeline from junior to mid-range professional staff to promote retention

    Worldwatch Institute Response

    Jun 1, 2016 – Communications and Marketing Director

    Our staff really is our biggest strength! In order to connect with our senior/remote staff, we have started organizing "all-hands" meetings-- including remote staff. Thank you for your review!... More

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