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Environmental Defense Reviews

Updated March 19, 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)

  • You can definitely learn a lot on the job and get great real world experience (in 6 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 work"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organization strives to do great work and has a good reputation

    Cons

    Difficult to move around unless positions open


  2. "Smart people with a disciplined approach. Steady but little upward mobility."

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    Former Employee - Communications Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Communications Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people with a disciplined approach. Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Little upward mobility. Poor management and mentoring. You can come in and stay at the level you started at but very difficult to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Take an active interest in training your managers to be great managers and mentors. take an active interest in career development and professional growth for your staff.


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    "Program Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredibly kind, laid back group of people, excellent to work with, friendly and comfortable office environment with a good sense of humor. The company offers a lot of little perks, good benefits, and when you travel, the company puts you up at some of the nicest hotels. The organization is effective at what it does. Overall, I enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    At the organizational level, program staff are treated as individuals while support staff are treated as anonymous and expendable, which I think makes it hard for the organization to retain talented staff at the lower rungs and train them up. Middle and upper operations is dysfunctional and over paid. I'd say that EDF is a GREAT place to work if you are program staff, a GREAT place to work if you are early-career support staff and have lower expectations, but frustrating if you are well-educated in a support position and want to see your education paying off.

    Advice to Management

    Narrow the wage gap between underpaid employees at the bottom and overpaid employees at the top. Invest in your support staff.


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  5. "A good company in environmental field"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is enjoyable and relax. The intern is very welcomed to propose new ideas in the team. Have chances to know new people and knowledge in other areas.

    Cons

    Slow to learn new skills.


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    "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great organization full of smart, hardworking, people. I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot. I left because there wasn't really a way for me to advance within the organization.

    Cons

    Tough to get your foot in the door. Tough to move up if you're not starting out in a fairly senior position already.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! As mentioned above, it's tough for young employees to see a long-term future here.


  7. "Great People"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Interesting place to work with great people who know the subject matter.

    Cons

    Can be an inefficient place to work.


  8. "Great projects, great people, little transparency on salaries"

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

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    As the title says EDF has amazing environmental projects and the majority of the people who work at EDF tend to be great. The organization is very slowly trying to make progress to advance career development and employee retention but it still has a long way to go.

    Cons

    There is no transparency or clear career path at EDF. Very few high level managers and directors are mentors and you have to be extremely pro active to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Improve career paths and make salaries, promotions and raises a transparent and clear process.


  9. "Great job, but be careful with hosts"

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

    Pros

    You can definitely learn a lot on the job and get great real world experience
    They cover training and travel
    They offer a great chance for networking
    Great Pay

    Cons

    Host organizations can be pretty unprepared
    Host managers are sometimes not very involved, they'll leave the project totally in your hands

    Advice to Management

    Make the expectations of the host organizations more explicit. Consider breaking down training into more subgroups by project type, sub-metering, lighting, HVAC etc.


  10. "Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Host events throughout the summer in which interns can attend, such as Nationals games and happy hours. Interns get the opportunity to truly experience what it's like to work at EDF by engaging in meetings with their supervisors.

    Cons

    During the first week of the internships, supervisors of the interns could be more rigid regarding their expectations from their interns.


  11. "Passionate People, Interesting Work, Some Growing Pains"

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

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Well-established NGO that does not have to be struggling for sources of financing, which allows flexibility in the scope of work done.
    -Higher level program staff is full of accomplished individuals who are experts in their field, and yet nonetheless remain more or less accessible to their junior staff.
    -Relatively flat structure when it comes to information sharing and work assigned to junior staff, which allows one to build a good work portfolio and learn about what the organization is doing across all levels.
    -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.

    Cons

    -Due to its size and ambiguity as to hierarchy when it comes to certain programs, decision-making is complicated and sometimes based on consensus, which slows EDF down to the point of being reactive rather than proactive at times.
    -Sometimes management is based in a different office from where one is working, which can be a source of mis-communication and slow down as people are in these cases accessible only by phone or email.
    -Managers in programs are more program area specialists than managers, which may lead to management inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    The organization has identified where its opportunities for growth lie and I look forward to seeing how it evolves as a result.



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