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Environmental Defense Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance for the most part: Most people work 9 to a little past 5, others are working evenings and weekends but this depends on the team (in 9 reviews)

  • The work environment is enjoyable and relax (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation depends on whether you work full time (in 5 reviews)

  • Career growth potential may be limited depending on your field; pay is good for non-profit but it is still a (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Felxible Work Culture
    Work from Home
    Competitive Salary
    Casual Attire
    Travel

    Cons

    Lower level employees growing in a position can sometimes be difficult due to funding and restructuring etc.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Review of EDF"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    - intellectual curiosity
    - mission and results driven
    - smart and passionate people
    - capable, respectful executive staff
    - sense of humor
    - work/life balance
    - benefits
    - open to criticism

    Cons

    - lack of autonomy
    - afraid of risks
    - ageism
    - gossip and cronies
    - rarely hires from within
    - places financial burdens on program budgets
    - afraid of the new

    Advice to Management

    - delegate, delegate, delegate
    - stop gossip
    - place confidence in staff
    - trust your staff
    - take risks
    - work harder

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really nice, passionate people. Everyone is willing to give a helping hand. I enjoyed working with numerous projects during my time there. It was great.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't great, but what can you expect when you work at a nonprofit. Regardless, I would recommend a job at the EDF to anyone.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate people, pragmatic enviro ngo, bad salaries and inexistent career development for junior staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people that work there are great, passionate and interesting; great colleagues.

    Cons

    salary and lack of carreer development plan


  5. "Great work environment with a powerful mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees passionate about mission, supportive of work/life balance

    Cons

    Disorganized management, sometimes offices outside NY/DC feel "less than"

    Advice to Management

    Improving the voice of people in the organization beyond management


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate pragmatists"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great org to work for if you care about pragmatic solutions to environmental problems. Middle management is generally great in my experience, caring about their employees and generally seeking to encourage professional growth.

    Cons

    Upper management is a little detached, and often times the pressure to fund raise overtakes other work priorities. While personal and professional growth is encouraged there are limits and promoting from within seems rare.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Environmental Defense is a great place to work for. The company does great stuff that is beneficial to future.

    Cons

    Environmental Defense is top heavy in some departments

  8. "EDF is a relaxed place to work where you feel like you are doing good things with good people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think the best reasons to work for EDF has to be the atmosphere. The NYC office is extremely laid back, everyone is very friendly. The employers are very understanding of your personal life and time and don't want you to revolve your life around the job. As for the office itself, it is in a great location in the heart of the Flatiron district. The office has a very open floor plan with high ceilings that help prevent you from going stir crazy and It also consists of 4 floors and 3 kitchens with some of the most amazing views of the city I've ever seen

    Cons

    The downside of working at EDF has to be the leadership and continuity of the missions. Often it seemed there was no direct resolve in the work in we were doing.

    Advice to Management

    My best advice to the EDF mgmt would have to be for better communication among the workers. Although communication was constant substance and meaning were often lacking


  9. "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart, capable people. Important issues. Collaborative atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some of the programs need to hire more staff (this is underway already.)


  10. "Great colleagues and managers​. Fun, casual working environment."

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

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    Working on a common goal to improve air quality

    Cons

    Small organization with minimal benefits and perks


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