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Resources For The Future Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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  1. "Pros/Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment and co-workers were definitely a big plus. The dress code is very relaxed and the company actually has a great benefit package.

    Cons

    The pay for lower level employees is very low. Not the best place for growth opportunity no matter which department you work in.


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Resources For The Future full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great place to work with leading academics in the field of environmental economics
    -Great company culture among RAs and interns

    Cons

    -Low pay for RAs
    -No opportunity for advancement without a PhD
    -No way to provide managers with feedback
    -Review system is not taken seriously

    Advice to Management

    -Reward good performance
    -Improve management of Fellows by allowing for upward reviews

  3. "Change is NOT always for the better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Resources For The Future full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress, location, benefits, staff outside research division (with few exceptions) and work/life balance (was great prior to 2015).

    Cons

    "US versus THEM" between research staff and rest of organization. Research staff are treated like elite citizens whereas all other staff are less than and unworthy. Change in 2 leadership positions (president, VP of finance & administration and VP for research) has created unstable, uncertain, inequitable environment, which only caters to research staff. RFF lacks true culture, diversity, equity, transparency, and communication from executive level, which in turn feeds negativity within and across departments, which is ignored by executive management year-over-year. Politics abound when only certain staff are afforded promotions and salary increases while others overlooked time and time again.

    Advice to Management

    Hire executive coach to unify executive management and learn what true leadership is to empower staff and improve overall morale. Hire diversity coach/expert - RFF is in heart of DC where diversity is high and yet RFF cannot hire any diverse leadership, fellows/sr fellows nor Board members - SMDH!!!


  4. "company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office has a nice location with easy access to public transportation.

    Cons

    The pay is not adequate for non-researchers. Supervisors are not professional.


  5. "RFF Work Review"

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

    Pros

    Great experience thus far, more to come.

    Cons

    To be determined and will report back. Community awareness


  6. "Very good research instititue"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the research topics are very interesting and cutting edge

    Cons

    if any, maybe the low payment


  7. "Great if You Are a Senior Fellow, Not so Great for Everyone Else`"

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    Current Employee - Not In Research in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Not In Research in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Resources For The Future full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are amazing. You meet friends here in research, development, finance, and communication. Has a great reputation for research. The Fellows are great and super talented but not many move up.

    Cons

    Some members of the leadership team are two faced so unfortunately the CEO does not see how some of them treat their staff. In general there is turnover because of the Research Assistants (2 yr appointment), but there has been so much with the past 5. While this is a nonprofit company, it management operates like a corporation and are very top heavy. They see lower staff as all replaceable unless you are the "talent." Very few minorities in their staff and none have high managerial positions. It is a small organization and everyone talks.

    Advice to Management

    Take courses in leadership, team building, ethics, and organization. You are not inspiring your team nor are you compensating the people who get you where you need to go. Some of you De-incentivize your employees through aggressive behavior, take no effort in shaping the culture of RFF, and steam roll over everyone.

  8. "Good experience, fairly relaxed, very academic, very quantitative"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Resources For The Future full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to gain skills and do high quality policy analysis, RFF is the place. Very friendly managers and co-workers. Great community.

    Cons

    Very few of the managers seek extensive political influence. Can be a very sleepy place. Requires a lot of personal motivation to make a big impact.

    Advice to Management

    Work to have a bigger impact on DC policy. This will attract more excited candidates.


  9. "Internship at RFF"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great colleagues, very smart people, interesting work

    Cons

    Not a lot of inter-departmental communication. All the researchers were pretty independent.

    Advice to Management

    The organization should stand behind their employees more and advocate for their policy recommendations to be enacted.


  10. "Very friendly work environment and nice coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Resources For The Future (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment. All the people I worked with were very pleasant and friendly.
    Good benefits (health insurance, retirement plan, cafeteria plan, vacation).

    Cons

    Resources for the Future is a small organization therefore there are not too many opportunities for the career advancement and growth.


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