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Global Footprint Network Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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  1. "Great experience!"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very quantitative job if you work in the research department. Coworkers are super nice and guide you through tough concept.

    Cons

    May be too academic for some.


  2. "unfair treatment of employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -interesting mission
    -nice co-workers
    -good location
    -snacks

    Cons

    -lower-level employees are underpaid, over worked, and not recognized for the value they add
    -management repeats same mistakes year after year even when feedback clearly spells out what path should be taken to make improvements

    Advice to Management

    Treat people appropriately. Learn from your mistakes.


  3. "External Affairs Assistant"

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    Former Employee - External Affairs Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - External Affairs Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working at Global Footprint Network for the past two years and must say I was quite surprised to see some of the reviews here. I would like to address a couple of these concerns by talking about my experience.

    I started out as a part time unpaid external affairs intern, until I ended up working as a full time external affairs assistant for a year and a half. As a third year college student, the internship and the work proved to be very valuable experience. The pay was decent ( especially for a non-for profit) and offered me the abilities to develop many skills in research, fundraising, as well as use certain platforms such as Salesforce amongst many other.

    From the general feeling I got when speaking to the other fellow interns & colleagues:

    - A Strong Team of professionals who believe in the mission of the organisation.
    - Great Intern program. I started myself as an intern and Global Footprint Network and the External Affairs and Research team gave me all the tools I needed to build my skills and let me take initiative on certain projects. The interns were treated with respect
    - Great exposure to the work which is done and how it relates to the outside world: the ecological footprint has been implemented by many governments to evaluate their sustainability strategies.
    - A team of brilliant managers who ensure to promote the ecological footprint and sustainability into decision making.
    - Very Flexible Hours.
    - Open Kitchen and free food, with people taking turns to cook.
    - Decent Pay and Basic Benefits.
    - Some of the management has changed and the organisation seems to be a bit more organized than what was mentioned in other reviews ( updated for 2016)

    Cons

    Very little to complain about but a couple of points are worth mentioning:

    - It is true that the turnover rate seems excessively above average. Nonetheless, many have gained valuable skills and have taken them somewhere else, even leaving the non-profit industry all together.
    - There are a lot of programs and the work may at first seem very confusing. In addition, Global Footprint Network does not necessarily have the resources to tackle each of them. Nonetheless, the Founder, CEO, as well as the External Affairs team were always there to answer my questions and proved to be very transparent.
    - The website and the online footprint calculator are both a bit outdated but is in the process of being renewed.
    - Overall, it is an amazing place to intern and start one's career. Although I have not been here long, it may not be the place for everyone in mid level /senior career but certainly offers employees the ability to develop fundamental potential for their next career objectives.

    Advice to Management

    - Emphasize the importance of the ecological footprint.
    - Try to get everyone to update Salesforce.
    - Attempt to explain all of our programs thoroughly and were funds are needed. Although I understood, it is true I've heard a lot of employees not familiar with a lot of the things we do.


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  5. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Global Footprint Network full-time

    Pros

    GFN has an amazing vision, good benefits, wonderful colleagues, and a collaborative culture.

    Cons

    The organization needs to focus more. Trying to do too much with limited resources.


  6. "Changes in upper management- a move in the right direction."

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    Former Employee - California in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - California in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Global Footprint Network part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    GFN is a great place to work if you want flexibility and support in being innovative. Sandra Browne is now on the executive team and I'm so very confident that this,will make for a cohesive, focused, transparent, and productive organization. Helena Brykarz in HR is another person, relatively new, who is working really hard to better the organization with a focus on employee satisfaction, which impacts everything.

    Cons

    Having a very convoluted mission statement along with too many projects, I never really understood what we were doing, and perhaps more importantly what our actual impact was/is. Historically, there's been a lot of employee dissatisfaction. This is changing and now would be a good time to join the team and help make the change.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Sandra, Helena, and Frank! They will not lead you astray!


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Well-meaning but misguided leadership and a completely broken company culture."

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    Former Employee - Project and Foundation Development in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Project and Foundation Development in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Community lunches are a plus and some of the people I met here became good friends. This would be a good place to intern or get your first job at, provided you were committed to learning all you could very quickly and leaving soon after.

    Cons

    The management here is really struggling to figure out the company's next move, and any forward momentum flounders in internal politics and unrealistic planning. The science and research being done is not advancing and government/external partnerships are weak, or in name only. Unfortunately, the company seems to lack any real vision to change this.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to set a clear vision for the next 5-10 years of the organization - something based in honest reflection of the current state of affairs and reasonable objectives moving forward. Internal politics crippled the atmosphere and culture here - new, un-related and committee chosen C-level leadership could help revitalize the group. This company attracts stellar staff with its noble purpose and bay area presence and fails to utilize that talent in growing the organization.


  8. "Really nice staff, smart people with a good goal"

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the mission, laid back environment, full kitchen that provides lunch every day.

    Cons

    I haven't been there for very long, but it seems a little inefficiently run


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Some nice people. VERY poorly managed organization. No opportunity for career advancement. Super high turnover."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Many of the lower-level staff are very friendly.
    -There is flexibility with your work schedule. You can work from home sometimes.
    -Staff lunches give everyone a chance to relax a bit and connect on a personal level
    -Career development (time and financial support) is decent

    Cons

    -Staff are given MANY more responsibilities than outlined in their job descriptions and are not compensated appropriately for additional duties
    -Staff are not treated or compensated fairly
    -No opportunity for career advancement
    -No recognition/reward for staff that exceed their expectations
    -incredibly high turnover.
    -As a result of the above, staff morale is very, very low
    -Also as a result of the high turnover, the organization is constantly reinventing the wheel which makes the organization super inefficient. A great deal of time and money is wasted on having to recreate things that have already been done.

    Advice to Management

    -Learn from your mistakes
    -Treat staff fairly


  10. "brilliant and supportive research team, should hire more"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    really interesting people and varied backgrounds
    good ideas to work on

    Cons

    execution of ideas is a hurdle
    not enough staff to carry on work

    Advice to Management

    need to consolidate floating ideas about management execution


  11. Helpful (2)

    "No potential for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Global Footprint Network full-time

    Pros

    Great mission. Exposure to international issues and high-level audiences and events for some employees. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Founders syndrome. Opportunity for growth hindered by founders' inability to make sound decisions. Staff members are expected to go beyond their job duties, with no recognition or reward for doing so. Turnover extremely high, and those who leave are often angry and bitter about how they were treated during their time at the organization. Beyond that, there is no real product being delivered to clients.

    Advice to Management

    If it is to succeed, founders must hire people who have experience growing an organization, while they step away from the day-to-day and serve as spokespeople.


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