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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. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Internship - A great opportunity if you seek out your own challenges"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern (Summer) in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Research Intern (Summer) in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Austin office has experts from a variety of backgrounds, including biology, engineering, economics, business, geology, and law. The office is very laid back (especially in the summer, I'm told) and work hours are flexible. Once you demonstrate that you are a serious employee, there are great opportunities to take on a prominent role in research. I was able to attend City Council hearings and meetings with other environmental groups, and my research was regularly used on official EDF business. Best of all, nearly everyone is friendly and engaging. I developed several valuable connections that have lead to promising job prospects--and not just in Austin. Highly recommended (especially at $12/hour)!

    Cons

    As a motivated and passionate person, the office was sometimes too laid back for my tastes. I found myself doing more work than some of my "bosses" on some occasions--not because I was told to work harder, but because they weren't as dedicated to producing results as myself. Also, make sure you actively try to seek out work that interests you. When I first arrived, they would have been more than happy to give me somewhat brainless tasks to be completed in my little office for the duration of the summer. But because I pushed and nagged until I got work that was engaging, they were more than happy to comply. I got the sense that the full-time employees didn't trust interns to be effective and dedicated, but once I proved to them that I was capable, they shoveled over a great deal of responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Work your interns harder. I know many students sign up for an easy summer internship, but there is no reason you should humor them. EDF is working on a lot of important issues, and there are many engaging experts at the Austin office, so there is no excuse for interns not to spend the summer learning and working hard. Everyone benefits.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    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

  3. "Great work environment with a powerful mission"

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    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


  4. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful culture and passionate people

    Cons

    Somewhat elitist, can be hard to move up


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very strong people, mission, network, and commitment to results"

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

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

    Pros

    Bright people, reasonable work-life balance, exciting projects, competitive compensation, entrepreneurial, taking cutting edges to solve the most difficult problems, has a diverse and helpful network that is used for fundraising but also advancing program goals, good focus on getting tangible, measurable environmental results, unusual discipline for a non-profit organization

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, some lack of transparency into management decisions, need to improve cross-programmatic work in some areas, tough to get a job, as it is a very competitive landscape with lots of applicants for almost every position that opens up


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great organization with great people working for a great cause"

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

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent in communications and advocacy. A great place for professional development

    Cons

    Lack of diversity both in thought and background


  7. "Outstanding internship experience"

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

    Pros

    Corporate culture with mission-driven work, multidisciplinary teamwork.

    Cons

    Recent transition and reorganization, not sure what things are like now

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, meaningful work, great atmosphere, opportunities to learn about other departments

    Cons

    I don't think people get promoted that often

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great organization, and very supportive environment for interns!

    Cons

    I don't think promotions are all that common


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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

    I worked at Environmental Defense (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I felt like part of the team at EDF. I at first was given simple tasks but then once I demonstrated my research and editing abilities, I was able to take on more complex projects. I got to know a decent amount of employees in other divisions, and really enjoyed the Brown Bag lunches which were led by employees in other EDF offices. Very cool office environment/design. I definitely learned a lot about my field and appreciated not having my time wasted.

    Cons

    Because a lot of the work my team was doing depended on a state's government, not a lot of progress was made due to unorganized state databases/websites. There doesn't seem to be any guarantee or preference for hiring interns from EDF for full-time positions.

    Advice to Management

    Make the office a reasonable temperature during the summer! I shouldn't have to feel cold while wearing a blazer and dress pants at work.


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