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Sierra Club Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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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. "Receptionist General Office Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Sierra Club part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful, professional staff and smart, helpful, active volunteers

    Cons

    No money to pay for additional needed staff


  2. "Great Ideals, Still a Bunch of White Guys"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

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

  3. "Feel-good work, beware burnout"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  4. "Quality NonProfit, But Somewhat Siloed"

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

    I worked at Sierra Club full-time (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)

    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "IT Support"

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    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 (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).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. "Incredible place to work"

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

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time (Less 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!

  8. "Incredible mission, passionate employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  9. "I was an Intern at the Sierra Club"

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

    Pros

    Inspiring people
    Positive atmosphere
    Get to create positive change
    Great networking
    Strong organization

    Cons

    Have to work remotely much of the time


  10. "Effective but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Club full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Sierra Club is a well very well resourced organization with a large influence in national, state and local governments. The organization is constantly evolving and strives to be innovative, open to change and self-reflective.

    Cons

    The Sierra Club is surprisingly hierarchical for a grassroots organization organization. Decision-making is not always transparent and sometimes the people responsible for implementing ideas are not adequately consulted. The organization is very privileged in its resources and wealth, and I don't think this is fully appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of incorporating workers into decision-making.


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