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Updated June 27, 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
  • Difficult to obtain a full-time job in the organization (in 5 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)

    "Seems like a cool place to work but do not accomplish much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and generally fun, younger staff, especially in the larger offices. Your experience completely depends on your manager and program. I had some of the best managers and some of the worst. There is no management training for new managers and there are a lot managers managing a lot of people who are not effective managers.

    Cons

    Extreme lack of transparency into human resources, promotions, compensation, and the organization overall. Everything is driven by money. They will do anything for a dollar even compromise project goals. If you do not have money for something new that you want to do then you will not make it past the first conversation with your boss and no one will help you find the money even though there is an entire department dedicated to finding and securing funding for projects. They pride themselves on being "entrepreneurial" which may have been true 20-30 years ago but not any more. This organization operates/acts more like a corporation than a nonprofit. Not the place for someone who wants to do something very different and is very idealogical/passionate. The wasting of resources, time/money, is also unbelievable...extravagant meals, events, salaries, offices, etc. They discuss "diversity" like white ivory-leaguers, they discuss it but do not do anything about it...by far the least diverse (ethnically, economically, socially, experientially) organization I have ever seen or been a part of in my career.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers. Work experience and/or degrees does not automatically make effective managers. Salaries and promotions should not be so disparate and secretive.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "No"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a 35 hour work week, which means 9-5 with a 1 hour lunch. I was never tired at the end of the day with that schedule, and felt it was conducive to productivity.

    Cons

    The people were strangely cold and many did not seem especially interested in actually protecting the environment. Very little sincere concern for environmental justice. Very little concern for the welfare or survival of non-human species.

  3. Helpful (2)

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

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, terrible managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    Very smart, passionate people working on a great cause. They are thoughtful and open to new ideas.

    Cons

    I was not impressed by the managers here. They tend to be well-respected in their fields, but were not ready to manage employees.

    Advice to Management

    Before giving an expert people to manage, please consider training them and offering transparent feedback systems.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointing experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EDF has very smart people who obviously care about making a positive difference. EDF also provides an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    EDF is an extremely liberal organization staffed by people who think they are moderates. There is no diversity of thought from management who almost go out of their way to hire far left staffers. At EDF diversity only means skin color. EDF would be wise to follow Pew's model especially since so much of the money they raise comes from Republican donors. And this is why management puts on a bipartisan facade when meeting with its board and donors.

    The few conservatives on staff either hide their views or quickly learn that their input and analysis will be completely ignored and dismissed if it dares contradict some sacred liberal belief. Many of the goals at EDF are noble but management is so partisan and protective of Democratic interests that they will sacrifice their own agenda if it dares to upset other liberal NGOs or any Democratic politician in DC. For example, EDFs scientists determined fracking is safe and does not harm the water table yet their official statements were much less supportive so as not to upset the left. During cap and trade no one at EDF ever mentioned or discussed climategate because management primarily gets their news from MSNBC so they put their blinders on and pretended the scandal didn't exist. Then they were flabbergasted when climategate led to the death of their cap and trade bill. Most sadly, EDF management caved go the fascist voices on staff who refused to attend their annual retreat because it was being held at a beautiful hotel complex with a pro-American theme where Pat Robertson had a small stake in ownership.

    Lastly, no one advances up the chain unless their ideology comports with managements almost like a religious litmus test.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity means thought not how much melanin one has in their skin. Start hiring a diverse group of people if you want to stay relevant.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work unless you are part of the Operations Dept"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission for the organization
    people are very passionate about the work they do
    very well educated and intelligent people

    Cons

    HR group has had 98% turn over rate
    Extreme communication issues internally
    Massive amounts of dysfunction within the HR group has made for extremely toxic and frustrating work environment

    Advice to Management

    increase compensation and work on greater transparency


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fancy offices, intelligent people, some are really nice and care about their work and the environment.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    - HR is a mess and your enemy. Beware. I hear they fired the whole department and things are shifting, hopefully for good.
    - Inequality at all levels, inside and outside: disparity in compensations between upper management and junior level is outrageous. Your boss will make more than double, and his/her boss the same, up the chain.. This is combined with little room for promotions and development internally. Outside? EDF chooses to work with and for conservatives, white, and privileged folks.
    - Some mid-level managers are well intended, but they lack the training to manage. They have no idea how to do it and its a shame. Again, this goes back to HR.

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

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    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. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate pragmatists"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "There has not been a better sense of teamwork in the Development support team but management could use a few pointers."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    great Development support team. they have great communication with each other, and great sense of teamwork. they are willing to lend a hand when needed, band together to execute projects, and they are not only colleagues but become friends as well. they look out for your best interest along with the best interest of the department to further the success of the company.

    Cons

    Development management team lacks that communication and teamwork. management team cannot articulate their needs, they can only articulate what is wrong after assigning a task without direction.

    Advice to Management

    needs better communication and articulation of needs. needs to articulate what is wanted when assigning a task rather than waiting to see a draft and pointing out everything that is NOT wanted. need to make themselves more present and available in the office.


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