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Greenpeace Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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  • standing long hours for too long (in 7 reviews)

  • Not many post-internship opportunities, since it is a non-profit with limited openings (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Hitting the streets with Frontline"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Greenpeace full-time

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers
    Inclusive work space
    Pay and benefits
    Public engagement
    Travel and volunteer opportunities
    Avenues for promotion
    Team building
    Skills building for promotion, sales, HR and customer service
    Working for a noble cause and an organization with a great track record

    Cons

    Turnover rate
    High expectations for success
    Stress from public engagement (there's always someone...)
    Demand/competition for leadership and coordinator positions is consistently high

    Advice to Management

    Developing a structure around a more tailored approach to supporting proven/veteran talent week-to-week and month-to-month

    Adjusting the minimum standards for fundraising to better reflect the value of members more likely to contribute for longer periods of time

    Developing better ways to take into account at the organizational/performance indicator level some of the difficulties that certain groups of people face when approaching the job compared to what more privileged individuals are faced with, like racism, misogyny, transphobia etc. (Note: Greenpeace has been actively working at addressing these and other issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion)


  2. Helpful (1)

    "5 Years at Greenpeace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Data Product Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues. Open office floor plan in heart of Chinatown (DC). Amazing work environment. Openness to get involved in all aspects of the organization. Righteous holiday parties.

    Cons

    Risk of layoff. Unpredictable/unstable fundraising figures. Relatively low pay. In some positions hard to advance or make a full career out of it.


  3. "Great organization, less than stellar canvassing arm"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Canvasser in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Canvasser in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenpeace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Greenpeace is a values-driven organization, and mainly everyone in the canvassing office is there because they love environmental and social justice values

    Cons

    Canvassing is a hard job, made tougher by the fact that Greenpeace makes people sign up for monthly donations (with a credit card), and the minimum signup amount is $15, which bars access to a lot of people who want to get involved (and makes it really hard for a canvasser who hasn't had experience rubbing shoulders with wealthy people to meet their quotas)

    Advice to Management

    Management at my office was great - they don't set the quotas, and they sit down personally with every canvasser who is having a hard time, and try to help everyone who walks in their doors.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Life of a Canvasser"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Greenpeace (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is very passionate about the environment and inspires/encourages each other daily. Awesome organization that has a history of defending/protecting our planet.

    Cons

    Absolutely no job security. Super stressful to meet weekly quotas. They tell you not to stress about making it, but if you don't make it for 2 weeks you're fired.... so stressing becomes second nature.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to loosen the leash of the quota system.


  6. "Care about what you are doing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Canvassing Trainer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Canvassing Trainer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    If it's something you are passionate about it's a very rewarding experience. You get the chance to meet other people who are just as passionate as you and travel to different locations. You don't only travel to work, you have the opportunity to participate in protests and rallies for great causes.

    There is a quota, just as everyone discusses, and just as every other sales position. The people I worked with were amazing and helped each other out if it looked like someone was on their second week of not hitting their mark. We would give each other the sale, no question. My team was very compassionate, as well as competitive.

    Cons

    I will agree it should be more than two weeks of not hitting quotas before you get canned. Sometimes locations stink. We were always given the option to work an extra day if needed.

    Advice to Management

    Teach employees more than the sales pitch and three counters. Have new/ reminder information about campaigns given to employees every morning. It will give them fresh information to work with. And encourage people to not follow the script. Learn the stuff and what they NEED to say, but remind them to be themselves. The same thing doesn't work for everyone


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A unique opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenpeace full-time

    Pros

    Meet a wide array of inspiring and motivating people. Great pay and a good job for those that don't mind working outside and talking to people about the environment.

    Cons

    Majority of their campaigns don't make the impact that they used to when the company was founded. Stressful quota system and long hours of being told no alot.

    Advice to Management

    Make better progress with campaigns and lower quota.


  8. "Frontline"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Uplifting and creative young team. Heartfelt talks in office about causes and personal feelings for them. If you love to socialize non stop with super high energy, if you like lots of walking in all temperatures, long hours, stopping random strangers and convincing them to be members.. roughly passing 300 people per day. And not smoking or wearing, drinking, eating brand names in public. Go at it!

    Cons

    Below the happy, bright colored "you can do it" environment for a frontline employee, it is high pressure sales. During group interview was told a minor-red flag, that I have to would meet, well easily meet "3 minimum" enrolling members for GreenPeace during training. But could be branched off to different sectors, I.e. Office work, eventually perking my interest. During orientation, it was disorganized with filing paperwork and then started an hour late...waiting awkwardly.

    Finally told the whole deal, how we have to enroll 3 members by the end of the week, more so in three days... or let go. And after training, must meet "quota". Slap gently on the hand first week if not met, fired the second. All being given a script with little factual data the day before the big "canvassing". Being experienced in high pressure sales environment, doing tours and customer service; my strong spider-sense that yeah everyday is different meaning quotas are unrealistic to meet. Very disappointing.

    Lower the quotas and value your employees more. Don't threaten to fire them if quotas aren't meant once you just hired them. Value your campaigns as equal to your employees, they're not "replaceable" items. And was told that members must pay a minimum $15 monthly pay, so they can pay for the GreenPeace employee salary. Shocking that it all goes to salary and not causes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful"

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    Former Employee - Fund Raising/Canvasser in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fund Raising/Canvasser in New York, NY

    Pros

    Pay $13-$15 an hour and friendly staff

    Cons

    You must reach quota or you are fired


  10. "Suited only for some people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Frontline Canvasser in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everybody is super friendly, relaxed environment, easy interview, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Your job is to basically talk to people on the street and ask them if they are interested in different types of environmental issues. If you think that you're going to be working in a more serious, administrative/office environment....you're not. If you like walking around and talking to people then I guess there is no cons.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. "Entry level campaigner"

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    Former Employee - Entry Level Campaigner in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Entry Level Campaigner in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Make a real contribution to the world working with Greenpeace,.Co-workers are passionate about saving threatened areas of the world and endangered species,, friendly, and helpful. Work outside.recruiting new members and educating people about critical environmental issues campaigns and previous victories

    Cons

    Poor, inadequate training and communication. No steady work schedule. Work of new-member recruitment is done by stopping strangers (passers-by0 to tell them about an important environmental issue, what Greenpeace is working to solve the issue, and how they've succeeded before . It's tough work -- I imagine harder than "cold calling"

    Advice to Management

    Need more in-house training for new people in sales techniques and more practice to supplement written materials and on-site role playing



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