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Environmental Defense Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  • There doesn't seem to be any guarantee or preference for hiring interns from EDF for full-time positions (in 6 reviews)

  • There is very little buy in from upper management and Directors for new ideas (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great mission, great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Focus on making real change in the world

    Cons

    Staff is stretched thin which is making people less willing to help each other

    Advice to Management

    Recognize younger staff--they are your future


  2. "High standards and supportive environment"

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    Current Employee - Membership in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Membership in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We joke that EDF is "an organization full of class presidents." Employees are held to a high standard and evaluated based on results and achievements, not hours worked. Combines the best of a competitive environment (everyone is so talented and wants to impress everyone else) with the best of a collaborative environment (people are generally willing to help others and most projects are managed by the subject matter expert rather than the highest-ranking person). Salary and benefits are pretty good - by nonprofit standards I'd even call them great. The org is run like a business and has a fairly corporate feeling environment. Upper management does not tolerate dysfunction and routinely uses surveys and consultants to make sure we don't have any, and fix it if we do. Staff are friendly and a lot of folks socialize after work, but a lot of folks don't, and either one is fine. There is little to no gossip or interpersonal drama. Turnover is low but we've been growing for several years in a row so there's a good mix of folks with 10 or 20 years' tenure and plenty of new folks every year, too. Because we're growing and adding new positions all the time, a lot of folks have been able to turn a broad job description into an increasingly specialized one over time as new staff members are added to distribute work to.

    Cons

    HR department is the only department that has a lot of turnover. They are often short-staffed and it can be hard to get assistance with benefits/questions in a timely manner.

  3. "Loved my experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Great company, doing great work and making a difference!

    Cons

    No cons - I loved my internship


  4. "Great, results-oriented, value-driven NGO"

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

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Talented, passionate staff and very easygoing yet results-oriented atmosphere

    Cons

    Very few; best experience reserved for those with advanced degrees


  5. "Truly committed to protecting the environment and great people working together to find solutions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very outcome oriented, challenging yet also supportive. Cares about you as a person as well. Competitive culture, but in a good way. People want to do well and get the support they need to do well.

    Cons

    No clear path for advancement usually; mapping a career path over the long term is not obvious. Kinda big, so feels a bit like you can get lost. Making progress on diversity, but needs to do more.


  6. "Internship Review"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Outstanding professionals finding the ways that work.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to report here.


  7. "A dream internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Environmental Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Wonderful work atmosphere, with everyone working towards a great cause
    You can tell they really care about the interns.

    Cons

    I wish they had more full-time positions available.

  8. "A bunch of bright people in a communicative office"

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    Current Contractor - Receptionist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Receptionist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. Everyone is so nice and so intelligent!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Special consultant for Cuba"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I worked at Environmental Defense as a contractor

    Pros

    awesome team and great leadership

    Cons

    temporary contracts and few offices in Texas


  10. "Great place to work."

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    • 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.)


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