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Environmental Defense Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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Fred Krupp
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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)

  • 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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    • 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.)


  2. "Challenging but rewarding."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's an organization filled with smart people committed to the mission.

    Cons

    After several years of transition, it still struggles/fails to find the right management structure.

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

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    • 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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly great, but retention is not a priority"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Effective organization with team spirit, respected in its field

    Cons

    They don't do much to retain you in terms of training for what might be next for you or finding a place for you in the organization if your role or program ends. Expect to be layered.

    Advice to Management

    Before you let people walk out the door, talk to them about how they could still contribute to the organization. You let lots of talent get away.


  5. "EDF Climate Corps Fellow"

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

    Pros

    Great training and support throughout

    Cons

    None that I can think of right now


  6. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  7. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Brilliant, passionate people working on research and projects that make a real difference. Superiors really cared about my progress but also gave me independence on my own project.

    Cons

    When I was there years ago, the office space in San Francisco was quite antisocial, and people from different groups did not interact much at all. They were making strides change that, and I hope they have!

  8. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great mission, lots of autonomy and creative thinking is encouraged.

    Cons

    Career growth potential may be limited depending on your field; pay is good for non-profit but it is still a non-profit salary.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Mid-level Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very professional staff working on and effecting change on a wide range of environmental issues. I've worked at several environmental nonprofits in the DC area and EDF is by far the best one I've worked for.

    Cons

    No major cons that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    since EDF is such a large organization, one's work experience (like anywhere) will depend largely on the management style of your direct manager. Some managers are much better than others. They are all smart and effective on the issues, but some could use some additional training in management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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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