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Rocky Mountain Institute Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  1. "A great place to start your clean tech career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere, great learning environmental

    Cons

    business may be influenced by new policies


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The project and the project team matters most"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boulder, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, engaging colleagues, opportunities to learn and to dabble.

    Good benefits, outdoorsy location.

    An organization that desperately wants to be "in the game" and "make a difference" (as much as a 3rd party mini consulting firm chock full of millennials in the liberal enclaves of Aspen and Boulder can).

    A select few truly innovative projects with some meat on them.

    If you are young and want to open new doors, this can be a good place.

    Quant jockeys who love being buried in spreadsheets will advance and do well.

    A focus on striving for outcomes versus deliverables, which is a bit of a double edged sword.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, they have tried to create a mini consulting firm, with many of the same problems consulting firms are often full of, while convincing themselves they don't have any of the same problems and are yet vital to the cause. A stunningly hierarchical small organization with unnecessary multiple layers.

    Know thy project, your role, and make it an explicit condition of your hire - because your project is the only thing that you will be judged by.

    If you are truly an entrepreneur, experienced, or an innovator in your industry, use excess caution before working here. If you have ever worked for yourself or started your own company, use excess caution, as you and they may wonder what do you with you, or find your presence offensive, ironically.

    Can be very tribal in mentality at times, mostly younger workers with a likely bias against older or untraditional types. Often think of themselves as the "smartest guys in the room." Nauseatingly PC at times.

    Many rank and file here have very little outside industry experience or have spent their entire lives in nonprofits or policy shops (but have plenty of opinions on how everything outside their world works).

    Occasional truly interesting and innovative work, and often some truly boring paper-pushing silly projects of no consequence (pays the bills) for those with industry experience.

    Some senior MDs are true superstars and great mentors, a couple are jokes they must be afraid to get rid of who will bulldoze anything that doesn't fit their cosmology.

    You will live or die by the happy faces and PR success of your project. You will be super cool if it goes well and is attractive to donor $$, and hated and shunned and showed the door if not, all the while believing in their supportive & inclusive BS.

    Ironically, if you are a "company type" who is smart and can learn and play by the culture and be molded to their world, you will do fine.

    Subject to typical nonprofit whims of donor funding, clicks in personality, etc.

  3. "Practice What You Preach"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The enthusiasm for clean energy with the young staff shows there is hope for the future

    Cons

    For a company that preaches environmental and donor funded responsibility, first class flights, retreats at luxury hotels and expensive meals for the top managers and executives is not the way to do. Lots of hypocrisy. Older staff taking advantage of young workers who wants to make a difference.


  4. "Exciting content, consistent management and HR issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time

    Pros

    Exciting projects and access to some of the most influential people in the field.

    Cons

    Very little concern for employee satisfaction besides the token free lunch. Promotion process unclear and employee development goals are not at all considered in staffing or opportunities. Very weird process where principals who do not work with you decide promotions.


  5. "Great work but senior management needs to improve"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work: it is exactly what you'd want it to be - interesting, impactful, and can give employees a very strong sense of purpose.

    The balance: offices generally try to promote a strong life balance.

    Compensation: it is typically good

    Cons

    Senior management: there are recognized challenges with RMI's management structure and politics between MDs. This impacts the working environment for junior staff and should be considered and asked about upon applying. This is particularly the case in the Carbon War Room business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your management structure and consider who actually 'does the work' of your organization: mostly junior staff. Politics between MDs/CEO makes junior jobs difficult and quality of working life poor too often.


  6. "Amazing team, interesting and innovative work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team—I'm always amazed how interesting, unique, and smart my colleagues are. Mission driven, innovative, and exciting work. Lots of opportunities to learn and engage with industry leaders, both internal and external. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can get out of hand depending on the project. Rapid growth is creating some issues for managing teams and projects, finances, and internal communication.

    New learning and development program should help along with new and experienced fundraising leadership.


  7. "Great mission!"

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    Current Employee - Principal in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Principal in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented people, Outstanding mission, Impactful project results, Creative approach to problem solving

    Cons

    Many opportunities to influence climate change and eager staff can lead to challenges with focus

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive impactful results, measure those results and share with the community

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly run but good culture for the most part"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time

    Pros

    Most people are very friendly, welcoming, good community. The free lunch is nice and work schedule/location is sometimes flexible.

    Cons

    Poorly run. Many employees at the bottom extremely overworked and underpaid. Complaints not heard or cared about.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Value what they have to say. Treat them with respect and they will put more care and effort into their work!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Poorly Managed, Retirement Home for Ex-Consultants"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Snowmass, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Snowmass, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of travel for those who desire it, highly intelligent colleagues, casual work environment, intellectually stimulating work.

    Cons

    Egregiously poor management, top-heavy with former McKinsey partners who are over-paid and can basically never be fired, and have little incentive to perform well. The work is interesting, but much of it is pure fantasy.

    Advice to Management

    Fire half the MDs, create an idea meritocracy instead of a system of cronies, set realistic goals and hold people to them, manage your finances better.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Engaging Meaningful Work, At a Cost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rocky Mountain Institute full-time

    Pros

    Engaging, meaningful work. Flexible work schedule, good benefits.

    Cons

    For a non-profit: Exorbitant senior staff pay, low salaries for everyone else. No career growth opportunities, this is a "get it on your resume if you work in the renewable energy field" job. Long hours. Caveat Empor.


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