Sierra Club Reviews

Updated Jan 22, 2020

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3.6
81%
Recommend to a Friend
79%
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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune
Michael Brune
52 Ratings
Pros
  • "They really make sure you get the most out of your experience and provide a very healthy work/life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • "Its fulfilling to work with passionate people, towards worthwhile goals, for an organization with a proven track record of getting things done(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Difficult to advance, non profit salary, constant sense of urgency(in 15 reviews)

  • "As most nonprofits, people seemed overworked, and honestly pretty disorganized(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Media Associate Position"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and amazing employees. The work that is done at the Sierra Club is for an amazing cause, and is fulfilling.

    Cons

    Nonprofits in general can be a little disorganized from time to time, and the Sierra Club is no different. But they also have a million things happening all at once, and have locations in every state in the US. So with that in mind, they still do an amazing job.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Critical mission"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chapter Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, collaborative environment within department structures. Flexibility. Important mission.

    Cons

    Certain departments have developed cultures that are not always collaborative; lack of bottom-up approach and protections for chapter staff results in conflict; stepping on toes; uncomfortable work environment at the chapter level.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Better in Ideals Than Practice"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This organization has a fantastic union that works hard for its members.

    Cons

    The Oakland office talks incessantly about diversity, but the only departments that seem to have more than one POC employee are the mailroom, and human resources. Hardly anyone at the managerial level is nonwhite. The office in DC seems to be much better.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Benefits"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, large organization, remote work, travel

    Cons

    Travel is also a con because it interferes with other areas of my life. The organization is still trying to evolve into becoming a more equitable workplace and this evolution may be slower than people like.

  5. "Good Time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fellow 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Club part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -understanding and caring management -many volunteers

    Cons

    -can bureaucratic at times -disjointed structure

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Old-school Org trying to step into the 21st century has ups and down"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fun and interesting co-workers, important and exciting mission-based work, opportunities for retreats and *some* professional development, flexible schedule (if you have a good manager), actively investing in new technology, many great teams to work with, well-organized union representation.

    Cons

    Sometimes the organization feels too big for its own good. Difficult to grasp who is on point for what. Low accountability among volunteers. Internal processes can be messy and drawn out. Hiring new staff takes way too long. Some salaries are so low it's impossible to live off. Difficult to keep track of what tasks asked of you are actually in your job description (be prepared to wear about one millions hats). Not enough effort to retain talent.

  7. Helpful (8)

    "Great Ideals, Still a Bunch of White Guys"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Has a great union and worthy goals.

    Cons

    The Human Resources department is actively terrible, and routinely messes up things like employee 401K. Management is still almost entirely white men, who are feminist right up until the point where it involves giving women any real power within the organization. For a nonprofit whose offices are based in Oakland, the headquarters is almost entirely white. Most of the POCs in the office are interns or in customer care. Many layers of middle management whose jobs depend on keeping the status quo.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Feel-good work, beware burnout"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven org, passionate co-workers; good compensation relative to smaller nonprofits (unionized workforce elevates salaries/benefits for all), making an effort to address issues of equity, inclusion, and justice. Would recommend to friend but with reservations/caveats.

    Cons

    Departments fairly siloed with some more functional/supportive than others, high risk of burnout, limited opportunities for career advancement, still a long ways to go for true equity and inclusion within org.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Quality NonProfit, But Somewhat Siloed"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Permit Coordinator in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay for non-profit, good benefits, great mission for those concerned about climate change, storied history

    Cons

    When I was there, not all departments seen as equal; also, as of two years ago, there was a distinct lack of ethnic diversity, especially in leadership roles (though, they had just started implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusion program)

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "IT Support"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some teams are strong and most of the people working there gel along well.

    Cons

    There is a clear divide between management and workers, and who gets promoted is often based on personal politics. Salaries are low even compared to other Bay Area non-profits and management always blames budget constraints (which don't apply when they give themselves raises or go on management retreats).

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