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Sierra Club CEO Michael Brune
Michael Brune
49 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)

  • "Decent pay for non-profit, good benefits, great mission for those concerned about climate change, storied history(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Difficult to advance, non profit salary, constant sense of urgency(in 14 reviews)

  • "non-profit salary, limited upward mobility(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Media Associate Position

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    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 (2)

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

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    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...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Ideals, Still a Bunch of White Guys

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time for more than 6 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....

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    Advice to Management

    No more workshops. No more consultants. The only way to accomplish your equity goals is to actually implement them.

  4. Feel-good work, beware burnout

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    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.

  5. Quality NonProfit, But Somewhat Siloed

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    Former Employee - Permit Coordinator in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time for more than 9 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)

    Advice to Management

    Try developing more connections between departments. The two departments I worked for (Member Services and National Outings) seemed entirely separate from the rest of the organization.

  6. Receptionist General Office Assistant

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      Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommends

      I have been working at Sierra Club part-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Wonderful, professional staff and smart, helpful, active volunteers

      Cons

      No money to pay for additional needed staff

    • Helpful (2)

      IT Support

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      Former Employee - IT Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Sierra Club full-time for more than 6 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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      Customer Service Representative

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

      I worked at Sierra Club full-time

      Pros

      Nice and well-intended people working there. They all try hard to make the planet and environment a better one!

      Cons

      Most donor base is composed of old and senile people, so it is a regular feeling they are taken advantage of them.

      Advice to Management

      Do your work! Managers have been there forever! Care only about taking their lunches, gossiping, putting on make-up and are so jaded.

    • Incredible place to work

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Motivated, enthusiastic, exceptionally talented coworkers; positive work culture with generous benefits for a nonprofit and union membership for most full-time employees.

      Cons

      Most people commit a lot of time and energy to their jobs, which can make for high expectations around output and caliber of work.

      Advice to Management

      While realizing that everyone always has too much on their plate, do prioritize strong onboarding to help new staffers get as up-to-speed as possible!

    • Incredible mission, passionate employees

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Sierra Club full-time

      Pros

      Inspiring mission, motivated employees, meaningful impact Excellent benefits (medical, 401K match) Job Security: Union membership for non-manager employees Working toward becoming more diverse and inclusive

      Cons

      Difficult to advance, non profit salary, constant sense of urgency

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