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Rainforest Alliance Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Senior management is generally not very forward looking or proactive about new opportunities (in 8 reviews)

  • Support services are generally poor despite the efforts of mid-level staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Still some problems, but improving"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mission, amazing coworkers, nice office space, good pay and benefits for a non-profit, flexible work schedule, social atmosphere, opportunities for advancement in some divisions. The organization is still recovering from some tough years, but the new president is making good changes and improving leadership.

    Cons

    Some disconnect between the core work of the organization and the HQ. My experience was positive, but things like work/life balance, opportunities for advancement, and overall leadership vary from division to division. Some in-fighting but less than before. Promotion process is slow and is more about tenure than actual ability or achievements

    Advice to Management

    Empathize strengths instead of trying to minimize weaknesses, keep up the good work improving office culture, make promotion process easier.


  2. "Disillusioned quickly"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Attracts dynamic and friendly people. Great mission statement. Very casual. Office showers. Wonderful benefits.

    Cons

    They don't seem to value employees below the director level. Worked there for 8 years and didn't even get an official 'thank you' when I left on good terms. Insensitive to learning disabilities. Nepotism is rampant. The more connected one was with the board or senior management, the better the opportunity for meaningful advancement. Beautiful office space but awkward to work in with its compleat lack of privacy with the exception of he Presidents office.

    Advice to Management

    Put more value in the low level staff as they do much of the heavy lifting.


  3. "Great Mission, Bad Financial Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time

    Pros

    -Interesting and brilliant coworkers
    -The NYC headquarters location (Lower Manhattan has basically every subway train)
    -Work-from-home options
    -Important and noble mission

    Cons

    -Budget cuts have caused another wave of layoffs
    -Low morale because of the above-mentioned cuts
    -Good people have quit due to a lack of job security and/or a lack of career progression
    -Far too many unnecessary meetings that eat into productivity

    Advice to Management

    Retain talent. Dump bad managers. Diversify the board. Cut down on meetings with more efficient use of Basecamp, email, and other technological tools. Get a realistic, sustainable budget up and running.


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  5. "Inept Leadership and Lack of Strategy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission. Wonderful office location in NYC. Some smart and dedicated team members. Compensation and benefits are reasonable if you can survive lay offs.

    Cons

    Organization lacks leadership and strategy. Leadership at the highest levels is inept and they are selected based on friendship or personal ties rather than skill set -- this demoralizes everyone. Huge financial challenges and it remains to be seen if the organization can survive. No cogent business plan. Lots of lay offs, including of some who could help the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the top most leaders who lack the skill sets to do their jobs and have been hanging on because of tenure. Recruit leaders who have experience. Pay attention to all staff members and mentor them. Develop a viable business plan.


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    "Great mission, poor execution, very bad career growth"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rainforest Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Organization is focused on a great mission. Employees are provided with excellent benefits including plenty of paid time off, 401(k) matching, pretty good insurance, etc. There is a fair amount of autonomy in the positions.

    Cons

    Upper and middle management have no real background in business, which is required at an organization of this size. This causes problems all over including poor focus on core areas, ignoring growing problems, etc. As others have said, there is a huge disconnect from those positions and more entry level staff. The largest issue is a complete lack of career advancement opportunities. You will not get promoted unless you fight tooth and nail for it, and even then it will take years. Managers often do not think about the needs of their employees and are only looking for performance metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the growing internal problems before signing on to the next initiative to save the rainforest. Look at the needs of your skilled entry and mid level employees before they move on to greener pastures


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance (Less than a year)

    Pros

    laid back atmosphere, great mission

    Cons

    can be slow-moving and the office can feel disjointed across departments


  8. "RA Job"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Richmond, VT
    Current Employee - Associate in Richmond, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rainforest Alliance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and organization mission. Making real impacts globally.

    Cons

    Hard to earn a promotion despite good annual reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Promote junior level staff.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Going through changes"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The mission is critical and the field work is high quality. Benefits and compensation are fair and often generous. Work-life balance is okay, most over time is voluntary.

    Cons

    Although the new President is making progress in the right direction, lack of management skills and manipulation at the senior level management is the largest, long-term and structural problem at the organization. It trickles down to every aspect.

    Advice to Management

    Find out who the good managers at the organization are, treat them with respect, train them, and promote them. Find out who the bad managers are at the organization and either train them or get rid of them. In my experience the good ones flee, and the bad ones stay.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "n/a"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off
    Laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    This organization is great if you are a recent college graduate, or you are looking for your first job however, senior management is very poor, aloof and disconnected. Extremely difficult to gain ownership over your work. There was no CFO hired for over a year. Poor judgement in hiring for senior level positions. Very little value placed on the Assistant and Coordinator level positions.


  11. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good working environment

    Cons

    Weak administration and HR management


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