Global Reporting Initiative Reviews

Updated May 7, 2020

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Global Reporting Initiative Chairman of the GRI Board of Directors Eric J. Hespenheide (no image)
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission and people"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Global Reporting Initiative

    Pros

    Great mission and coworkers; young, enthusiastic employees; interesting and fulfilling work.

    Cons

    Non-profit status means limited funds and high turnover.

  2. "Great place to start off your career"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Amsterdam
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great reputation and international work environment

    Cons

    Few opportunities for growth and career development


  3. "Poor Management and HR"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great ambition Good external reputation International environment

    Cons

    - Promotion and salary discrimination. Lack of transparency in the process. - Lack of career growth - Hierarchical - Lack of training opportunities - External engagement opportunities are usually held at management levels - Employee overtime and stress are overlooked by management /HR -High turnover -Lack of incentives to motivate staff

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "The good and the bad"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great mission Passionate and smart staff Multi-stakeholder initiative working for public interest Good place for entry level to learn Great life balance and location

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision that create high turnover and inefficiency No performance or recognition systems Lack of internal development and HR support Low salary and no pension

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Organization with great mission but with HR issues"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing team members Great mission Leading organization in the field of sustainability Exposure to many different stakeholders

    Cons

    Hierarchy Young staff with high turnover rates HR management Low salaries

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid this place at all costs"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location, a few good colleagues

    Cons

    It's hard to imagine a worse employer than GRI. Piss-poor management from top to bottom. GRI is unable to retain top talent because of bad management. The voluntary employee turnover rate is over 50%. Check GRI's annual report. It is publicly available. GRI's salaries are low, no pension, they do not fully cover travel costs, there are no training or career growth opportunities, nothing. A few nice people work there but also a lot of seriously mean and spiteful weirdos. The work environment is toxic. The sick rate is extremely high and many many people are sat home on burnouts or only working part of the week because of stress. And the organization's leaders lack any self-reflection and refuse to see their role in creating an environment where people are desperate to leave or so depressed by the work conditions that it makes them physically and mentally ill. If you value your health avoid this place at all costs.

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    "Employee"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and friendly colleagues. Overall admirable mission and a big name in the field of sustainability.

    Cons

    No investment in personal development, inflexible management and hierarchical.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Top Down org"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Very top down, little room to grow, no investment in personal learning

  9. "Overall a very positive work experience"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Global Reporting Initiative full-time

    Pros

    Great place to grow as a sustainability professional; highly dynamic and international workforce

    Cons

    Teams tend to work in silos rather than collaborate with each other; therefore often unclear who is working on what.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Nice colleagues, noble cause, poor execution"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Reporting Initiative full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great group of energetic young people Possibility to work from home 2 days/ month Possibility to work part time Team outings

    Cons

    Horrible hierarchy where nothing can get through Senior management gets all the credit for the company's accomplishments even though 85% of the work is done by interns and assistants No mentorship No training possibilities Low salaries No career progression possibilities No full public transport reimbursement of costs No possibility to challenge the ideas and decisions of senior management

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