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Sierra Club Reviews

Updated February 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)

  • "I interned here for two semesters and learned so much about grassroots organizing as well as environmental policy" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "pay is not at high end, but this is an non profit organization" (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. "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!


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Job Security: Union membership for non-manager employees
    Yearly Salary increases across the board

    Cons

    Hard to grow there
    Difficult to shine
    Top-down work environment
    Takes forever to get anything done because management approval, compliance, etc.


  6. "Intern Review"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Sierra Club (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, important work, great people

    Cons

    Disorganized, low budget, unpaid, hard commute

    Advice to Management

    Create a more structured program


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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