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Updated Sep 8, 2021

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3.4
51%
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Rainforest Alliance Chief Executive Officer Han De Groot (no image)
Han De Groot
13 Ratings
Pros
  • "Opportunities to travel internationally and be part of a great mission(in 15 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, good working environment(in 8 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The more connected one was with the board or senior management, the better the opportunity for meaningful advancement(in 8 reviews)

  • "Standard NYC non profit compensation(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      great company culture

      Jun 8, 2021 - Associate 
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      Pros

      great place to work, everyone is very passionate about their work which is inspiring and amazing to see

      Cons

      sometimes a bit unorganized and stretched too thin

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Toxic environment, despite meaningful mission

      Sep 8, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - Mission - Colleagues that are really committed and passionate about what they do and that could really contribute to real change if allowed - Good pay for NGOs - Good exposure to different stakeholders - Incredibly talented field staff, who makes our work possible

      Cons

      - As others noted below, there is a serious problem of cultural clash between the two mentalities of pre merger and the two dominant cultures in the "main" offices: American and Dutch. - Dutch office is lacking diversity and also willingness to understand how diversity can improve the work we do. To give you a sense of the tangible results the D&I program is having, a Senior Manager was confidently saying to several colleagues that "sustainability is skewing White" while as an organization we work primarily with the Global South and Climate Change is primarily affecting BIPOC individuals everywhere. - The recent restructuring left several Departments unhappy as it was decided top-down with no real inputs of people actually doing the job. The result in the past months has been to see several departures from the organizations. - There have been several cases of bullying and preventing career progressions and there seems to be a problem towards individuals that are willing to speak up on certain issues. If you agree with Senior Management you will be just fine. If you don't, good luck, as it is very hierarchical.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good benefits, salary could be better

      Jul 26, 2021 - Senior Associate 
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      Pros

      Great benefits, especially for the US. Good work life balance, lots of vacation time.

      Cons

      Making strides to get up to speed with salary but I think this still could be improved.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      An organization in constant flux

      Aug 3, 2021 - Senior Manager 
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      Pros

      - Appealing, meaningful mission - Good benefits - Good work-life balance - Many intelligent, dedicated people on Latin America, Asia, and Africa teams

      Cons

      - Top-heavy and hierarchical, with few opportunities for advancement - Highly corporate culture - The organization has lost its heart since the 2018 merger with UTZ (a Dutch certification NGO). Very poor fit between the cultures of the two organizations that merged, likely due to cultural differences between the US and the Netherlands. - Excessive reliance on expensive consultancies rather than in-house expertise - Dominant focus is certification as the end-all-be-all impact strategy (rather than just one of many tools for transformation) - Board member Annemieke Wijn (serving as interim director from 2020 through the beginning of 2021) launched an inexplicable, botched restructuring just a few months before new CEO was appointed, resulting in the departures of several talented leaders and staff - Good racial diversity on paper because of teams in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. But leadership and staff in the dual "headquarters," Amsterdam and New York, are almost exclusively white. We aren't supposed to use the term "HQ" anymore but the reality is that white leadership in these two offices make decisions for the rest of the organization - Like many NGOs, the RA launched a "diversity, equity, and inclusion" initiative last year, but it is under-resourced, led by junior staff members without real power, and has been met with apathy and even hostility from some colleagues in Europe.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Dynamic work environment

      Feb 24, 2021 - Program Director in Portland, OR
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      Pros

      Mission for responsible practices and sustainable livelihoods, flexible work schedule to meet needs, exciting international work that connects you to people around the world

      Cons

      Significant changes over many years

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Relevant non-profit organization

      Oct 14, 2020 - Project Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great purpose: promoting good/responsible business practices in agriculture and forestry.

      Cons

      Impact/gains may be had through IT/technology infrastructure upgrade/s.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Decent Benefits, Mission is Lacking

      Aug 11, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Extremely flexible WFH policy, generous leave, fun social activities in the office, friendly colleagues

      Cons

      Low pay at an entry level, lack of diversity, lack of mission (you are working more on certification programs than any real efforts to protect the rainforest)

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Work Culture and People

      Jul 29, 2020 - Associate in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great work culture with friendly and passionate people that are always willing to lend a helping hand. The organization's international footprint also provides opportunities to work with teams around the globe from different cultures and backgrounds.

      Cons

      The pace of work performed by individuals in different departments can be relatively slow at times, which obviously has an affect on one's own ability to efficiently complete inter-departmental assignments.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great mission, poor management, awful interpersonal relations

      Jun 15, 2020 - Senior Associate in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Impact on the field and the ability to transform lives is so inspiring

      Cons

      Zero strategic leadership, mediocre mid-level management, culturally and diversity insensitive, extremely feudal behaviours

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      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great but...

      Dec 18, 2019 - Associate in Burlington, VT
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      Pros

      Nice teamwork. Good direction

      Cons

      Low salary for the level of responsibility

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