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Updated Jan 11, 2022

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3.8
58%
Recommend to a Friend
73%
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NRDC President and Chief Executive Officer Gina McCarthy
Gina McCarthy
15 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent benefits show that NRDC really cares about its people(in 31 reviews)

  • "NRDC did a lot to make the work environment as productive as possible(in 14 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "There are negative sides to working at NRDC(in 15 reviews)

  • "No upward mobility for junior or administrative staff(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Awesome place to work!

      Jan 11, 2022 - Senior Director of Talent Acquisition in Santa Monica, CA
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      Pros

      Higher than average compensation levels Higher than average diversity metrics in most divisions Inclusive and caring culture Excellent benefits

      Cons

      A lot of transition in the last year but less than average on a national scale; Organization is currently going through structural reorganization at the executive leadership level and this process has been challenging; and Like most companies and organization in the US and globally, the organization is trying to figure out future of work issues and how to navigate remote vs call back to office issues.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Sinking Ship

      Jan 2, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - I had previously rated NRDC 5 stars but company's been going downhill this year. - People are generally nice & relaxed - Great benefits - Decent work life balance - WFH environment - Pay is nice if you are upper management, but low for junior employees

      Cons

      - Extremely high turn over, every week is another "good-bye" email from employees with long-tenures. Large number of high leadership positions being vacant for a long time (with jr staff expected to pick up the slack, with no compensation) - 3 different presidents within the past 4 years. We had a new head of HR recently that joined and resigned within a month. That should say enough about the current state of affairs. - Lack of upward mobility for junior staff. Pay raises are very low at 3%. Does not keep up with inflation.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Jan 5, 2022 - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture, transparency, mission-driven, effective, flexible work from home

      Cons

      No institutional path for upward mobility for lower-level roles

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Awesome place to work

      Dec 27, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Awesome place to work on important issues

      Cons

      None - it's an incredible place to work

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Dec 25, 2021 - Senior Attorney 
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      Pros

      Great place to work. I have nothing bad to say.

      Cons

      None. It’s a great place.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Not the best place to work for the BIPOC community

      Mar 15, 2021 - Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Comprehensive and generous benefits, most people are kind (with some exceptions)

      Cons

      Very White Dominant Culture. Lack business savvy leadership. Reactive, unrealistic and poor equity and inclusive culture.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Workplace

      Dec 7, 2021 - Advocate in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Extremely intelligent folks. Helpful upon request

      Cons

      Toxic work environment Lack of Accountability No internal support for issues.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Strong foundations but growing pains

      Aug 25, 2021 - Communications in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Amazing work outcomes and collaborative culture overall. Great benefits.

      Cons

      Key leadership positions have been empty for a while. Lots of time and talent going underutilized while management struggles to fill the gaps--historically low turnover is inching up as HR can't get its act together and promotions and raises lag incredible performance. Culture of the me-first Development leadership team is particularly toxic, needs new blood and vision.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Countless internal culture issues

      Oct 14, 2021 - Program Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good teamwork, collaboration, and overall mission

      Cons

      Total lack of transparency and accountability from senior leadership; DEI values seem to be co-opted to make the institution look better externally, rather than actually support and uplift BIPOC staff; No upward mobility for junior-level staff and significant pay disparities; HR is understaffed and often non-responsive; Staff frequently work unpaid time

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      High Turnover, Toxic culture, No career growth

      Aug 27, 2021 - Development Assistant 
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      Pros

      -Salaries are good for a nonprofit, although toward the lower ranges, still difficult to afford the cities we have offices in -Great benefits -Great office locations -Reputable in litigation, policy work, and political relationships

      Cons

      -Very much a culture of senior management/leadership mattering the most, junior staff not mattering at all. Deceptively hierarchical and toxic. Almost a culture of celebrity/worship of some leadership -Some questionable relationships. Org refuses to take a meaningful stance on many issues, and with some problematic people -Toxic work environment for POC -Manager ineffectiveness -No career mobility for junior staff, slow and ineffectual promotions/raise process -Disrespect toward operational staff and junior staff -Not diverse. History of driving out Black staff -Reputation of sucking up all the money in the enviro space, esp. from smaller nonprofits and grassroots orgs -Slow to communicate out important institutional decisions to wider staff

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