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Updated February 22, 2017
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Frances G. Bainecke
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Pros
  • Lots of lifelong employees and many women in management because the work-life balance is top notch (in 9 reviews)

  • Nice work environment, friendly people, interesting topics (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • There is also less opportunity to get a full time position with them, because they are more budget-constrained as a non-profit (in 5 reviews)

  • Limited upward mobility for PAs, who generally move onto some other organization or graduate school after (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Non-Profit"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NRDC has an excellent culture: each day you are surrounded by passionate, intelligent, and interesting individuals. I appreciated working for the organization for their science-based approach to advocacy. As a program assistant, it was my first job out of college and a great way to start a career in environmental research and advocacy. A key element is getting good mentors, as it will shape your experience at the organization.

    Cons

    There is limited room for upward mobility for entry to mid level employees. As many of the staff had been there for decades, there was pushback against major institutional changes.

    Advice to Management

    Create greater opportunities for growth at the entry level.


  2. "Employees committed to mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advocate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advocate II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NRDC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are very committed to the central mission of NRDC, which is to protect and improve the environment. Employees are personable, friendly and caring. Salary and benefits are good, for a non-profit.

    Cons

    Shows some dysfunction of being a large organization, but employees seem well-intended to improve this. People tend to work extremely hard - their passion for the mission of the job works to their own detriment, as this leads to burnout. Also, low level staff have little-to-no opportunities for advancement in-house. This needs to be addressed!

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a better way to fill our administrative needs, and provide a way for Program Assistants to engage in more substantive work - and reward them with internal advancement when they prove their value.


  3. "NRDC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mission with incredibly able and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Not much room to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Create incentives to keep and promote your staff.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work, fantastic colleagues, mission worth fighting for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NRDC full-time

    Pros

    Inspirational colleagues, exciting work (!!!), generous vacation/sick/personal time, great work from home policies, great office atmosphere, great networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunities for upward mobility, expectation set by HR that junior employees only stay ~2 years before "moving on", unclear process for promotions, lack of transparency from HR department.

    Advice to Management

    Fix HR department, provide opportunities for junior staff to grow, increase transparency in decision-making.


  6. "Great mission, good people, messy management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NRDC full-time

    Pros

    NRDC is a mission-driven place and allows individuals to do some real good in the world. I am always proud to say I work for NRDC. There is flexibility to do different things as long as you can find a champion and (if needed) funding to do the work. Lots of lifelong employees and many women in management because the work-life balance is top notch. Offices are great and the technology is improving.

    Cons

    NRDC seems to be going through some growing pains and the management is not great. Maybe once the new president is settled and when they get the new strategic plan things will be more streamlined.

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be a lot of jockeying for position amongst the program staff. The institution needs clear priorities.


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn from, surrounded by professionals that are driven and have a wealth of knowledge in the field.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons working in this organization.


  8. "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Highly respected organization. Staff are deeply invested in NRDC's work. Brilliant people, who for the most part are very kind and fun.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility for PAs, who generally move onto some other organization or graduate school after ~2 years at NRDC.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in institutional knowledge of your young staff.


  9. "Great values, confusing communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NRDC full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people, professional atmosphere, dedicated cause.

    Cons

    Breakdown in communication, lack of transparency with decisions, little support to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Support younger staff to grow within their positions. I felt


  10. "Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    *Lovely working environment
    *My supervisor concerns about the intern experience
    *Challenging projects and learn a lot

    Cons

    *Projects are not very organized
    *Lots of meetings


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Program Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRDC full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Nice team environment.

    Cons

    Some of the management personnel could be better.



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