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Rainforest Alliance Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Uncertain future for staff and business model"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pros:
    Good name recognition and outside reputation (for now)
    Interesting, smart colleagues
    Good decisions lately to cut upper management staff
    Good work-life balance and flexibility.

    Cons

    Cons:
    Low morale and high uncertainty due to continued downsizing and reorganization. This has been going on for 3 years. People are drip, drip being let go.
    Lack of dynamic leadership - low energy is not inspiring.
    Big funding challenges - money is running low and there is lots of infighting to get pieces of it. Politics and favorites play a big role in who gets chosen.
    Bad press - every now and then there is an article that risks lasting damage to the organization’s reputation.
    Benefits cut recently makes them average (they used to be really good.)

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management: Work to figure out a sustainable business model. Continue to reduce overhead. Are “certification organizations” sustainable long-term? Merge?


  3. "Inept Leadership and Lack of Strategy"

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    • Culture & Values
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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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  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Worst place i have ever worked..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rainforest Alliance (More than a year)

    Pros

    Somewhat competitive benefits but that's it...

    Cons

    This was my first experience in a non profit... after it, it made me hate the whole non-profit world, Top Levels were disrespectful to employees, bulling them for their opinions about the organization and HR was like non-existent. definitely the worst place i worked in years!

    Advice to Management

    too long list to mention....


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Going through changes"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Impressive track record of innovative solutions to thorny environmental problems and good work in the field; nice benefits

    Cons

    In financial distress; significant layoffs for second year in a row (10+% of staff each year); weak leadership; outsized overheads; systemic budget issues ignored by Board year after year; new President spends most of his time jetting around globe--talks vision and tweets but no management apparent; no CF0 for over a year; budgeting by magical thinking and bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new President interested in real management and capable of staunching the bleeding. Or call it a job well done and merge with a better-run, viable NGO.


  11. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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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