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Rocky Mountain Institute Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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  1. "A great place to start your clean tech career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great work but senior management needs to improve"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Amazing team, interesting and innovative work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Great mission!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. 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!


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Engaging Meaningful Work, At a Cost"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "You Take The Good. You Take The Bad."

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance.
    Free lunch.
    Wonderful people.
    Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Salary.
    Negative culture.
    Potential for advancement is low.
    Huge income disparity between Sr. management and others.
    At-risk for funding.
    Not sure about actual "impact" of work as strategy changes every 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Pare down the high salaried employees at the top. Decide what to work on and stick to that.


  10. "Visionary Work in a Learning Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Engaging and exciting work
    Curious and smart co-workers
    Strong mentorship

    Cons

    Not great work-life balance
    Strategic inconstancy


  11. "Great Learning Curve"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly knowledgeable cohort. Great learning curve

    Cons

    Supervisor sometimes don't care about the task's allocation

    Advice to Management

    Doing great but work on work-from-home productivity vs. working from office.



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