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Sierra Club Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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Pros
  • My impression was of a workplace that respected and advocated for work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Its fulfilling to work with passionate people, towards worthwhile goals, for an organization with a proven track record of getting things done (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • lower non profit pay, sometimes a lot of red tape because of large size (in 12 reviews)

  • As with most non-profits, limited job opportunities and chances for upward mobility (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Environment and Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Organizer
    Former Employee - Organizer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club (More than a year)

    Pros

    I felt like there was real community built between staff and members and that there is a culture of self-care. You will work hard, but there are great benefits.

    Cons

    Tend toward liberal politics.


  2. "Fighting the good fight."

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

    Pros

    Important cause-driven work being done by this organization. Compared to other nonprofits, I felt that the Sierra Club was likely to support organizers with families. As a Big Green, the organization has a deeper organizational structure than most.

    Cons

    Salary not consistent with the city the work is being done within. Benefits were excellent. Union was a huge plus! Female and diverse leadership in top roles within the staff structure of the organization continues to be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage work/life balance within employees. Due to the nature of the work, turnover and burnout are a major concern.

  3. "Grassroots non profit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mission-driven, socially aware, nationwide organization with valuable assets and partnerships

    Cons

    limited upward mobility, pay isn't as competitive as other nonprofits


  4. "Sierra Club Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great company with a solid social impact

    Cons

    non profit so it cant pay well


  5. "Casual Workplace"

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

    Pros

    The DC office has a bunch of awesome protest signs everyone, everyone very progressive and cares about the causes. My impression was of a workplace that respected and advocated for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Office has a very open floor plan, so when making phone calls or coworkers having conversations, things could get loud/distracting. Work was sometimes stressful due to caring about the issues/being on a tight schedule to follow Congress.


  6. "Change of Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time

    Pros

    Great cause and amazing successes
    Wonderful people to work with -- smart, talented, dedicated
    Opportunity to expand your job

    Cons

    Newer CEO has changed the culture from:
    --flat organization wth everyone feeling on equal ground to more hierarchical
    --no more information sharing re: organization with entire staff to just select few
    --from equality oriented to male-driven
    --from an inclusive, broad-minded organization to a more elite, "pure-focused" organization
    --from focusing on employees' strengths to focusing on trying to fix employees' weaknesses and evaluating them on those.

    Advice to Management

    See Cons


  7. "??"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are very passionate about what they stand for

    Cons

    pay is not at high end, but this is an non profit organization.

  8. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    cool co-workers, working for a good cause

    Cons

    High turnover, people get fired when funding runs out, low pay


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Chapter Employee"

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    Former Employee - Chapter Coordinator in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Chapter Coordinator in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Summary: I was a chapter employee but was able to work with national and regional employees and still felt very aware and enlightened in all three aspects of the organization.

    National Sierra Club: Pretty good salaries. Generous benefits, very transparent "ladder" to work up. Offers training and opportunities for advancement. The management and board are rooting for all employees to succeed and make themselves available for them to ask questions and seek improvement.

    Chapter Sierra Club (Pennsylvania): Very dedicated board and efficient, mentoring type management.

    Cons

    National: Can't think of any.

    Chapter: Always limited financial resources. It's hard to fund raise at the chapter level. I don't think this is the fault of the chapter, but rather in an environmental awareness "developing" state, donation dollars and resources were stretched thin. That said, they were always very appreciative of all the work I put in and tried to compensate accordingly through benefits.

    Advice to Management

    In attempting to rally with other progressive organizations, I sometimes felt the message of environmental preservation was lost. This was in partnering with unions, occupy wall street, gas truth, etc. I think we sometimes were often working well with passionate people but sometimes lost our middle-ground political appeal and this hurt our effectiveness in the PA legislature as well as with more conservative donors. I think we were seen more and more often as extreme than we were.


  10. "Environmental Law Program Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of substantive work given to legal interns

    Cons

    lots of attorneys, sometimes too busy to give feedback


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