Environmental Defense Fund Reviews

Updated Jan 12, 2021

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85%
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99%
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Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp
Fred Krupp
73 Ratings
Pros
  • "I would love to come back to EDF one day(in 32 reviews)

  • "Great company to work for that values work/life balance(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "EDF teams are somewhat siloed, so working across teams is not as streamlined as it could be(in 20 reviews)

  • "Upper management is insanely bureaucratic, and HR is basically a revolving door(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Supportive and rewarding organization"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense Fund full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exciting and innovative projects, supportive management, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Opaque HR policies around salaries and promotions.

  2. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense Fund full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work, lots of opportunity for making an impact

    Cons

    High stakes, lots to do


  3. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense Fund full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for that values work/life balance

    Cons

    Pay lower than industry standard for position

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great organization"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Major Gifts Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense Fund full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mission oriented, stellar development team, job security

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow moving on big change

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people but too top-heavy"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense Fund full-time

    Pros

    Most people here are passionate and smart.

    Cons

    There are way too many VPs and a huge gap between the executives and the entry to mid level employees.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense Fund full-time

    Pros

    Pays well and the work is fulfilling

    Cons

    Internal bureaucracy weighs ideas and work down

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work, interesting balance between science and policy"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Researcher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense Fund full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    average employee was very bright, driven. Organization does amazing things and it is rewarding to be part of such important work.

    Cons

    Office can get a bit lonely and isolating, Strong ivory tower vibes. High management turnover is very slow.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place; limited upward mobility"

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Environmental Defense Fund full-time

    Pros

    Sharp people and important work

    Cons

    It's apparent they invest all their money in senior management and are willing to let young employees leave

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense Fund full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun and smart people in all areas

    Cons

    Not a lot of perks if you are contractor only worthy if they hire you as a full-time employee

  10. "Great mentorship and colleagues."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Internship in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense Fund full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic exposure to policy and research

    Cons

    Could be more challenging in terms of workload

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