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Southern Poverty Law Center Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2019

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J. Richard Cohen
23 Ratings
  1. "Great organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomery, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great organization, the work is more relevant than ever. Attracts great talent and offers room to grow in career.

    Cons

    Montgomery is not a great place to live, but it's changing for the better.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in new talent and nurture young leaders within organization

    Southern Poverty Law Center2018-04-26
  2. "Good Internship Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern 
    Recommends

    I worked at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot, given a lot of autonomy on projects

    Cons

    Definitely need to be a self-starter because you get minimal direction

    Southern Poverty Law Center2019-06-12
  3. "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary. Good benefits. That's all.

    Cons

    The management is really terrible. I've spent 40-50% of my time there with nothing to do because there is no delegation and independent work product is not encouraged. I would give it zero stars if possible.

    Advice to Management

    Get new managers at the deputy legal director level on up asap!

    Southern Poverty Law Center2019-05-31
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Good Job, poor upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good co-workers, and decent pay.

    Cons

    Above a certain level, the upper management is incompetent. They treat non-lawyers like objects and don't care for feedback or criticism. People are afraid to criticize upper management. Office culture is neglected and thus, turnover is high.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top and include lower level workers in logistical and office wide decision making. Bringing in a union for non-lawyer staff will help. Employees are happy with their pay and benefits, but the chicanery at the top ends up stressing us out.

    Southern Poverty Law Center2018-03-09
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Organization, Poorly Managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The SPLC has an excellent mission and is accomplishing great work, pursuing cases that other organizations might not have time, energy, or resources to litigate. They are an organization you can be proud to work for!

    Cons

    Some managers are disorganized and have unreasonable expectations for employees, leading to extremely long work days, no weekends, and very little control over personal lives

    Southern Poverty Law Center2018-02-22
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people doing important work"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Montgomery, AL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you care about making the world a better place, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Montgomery is not the best place to live

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of empowering rank and file

    Southern Poverty Law Center2017-10-24
  7. Helpful (8)

    "True ability to create meaningful change...wasted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time

    Pros

    - Incredible benefits - Extremely laid back office culture - which becomes a con at times - Nice facility with great amenities

    Cons

    Loss of focus on the primary mission. The main concern is raising more money, and maintaining the top rated platinum standard brand. Very elitist and a bit out of touch. There is a profound lack of diversity in higher level roles. Which is disappointing given the fact that there are well qualified people of color who've dedicated up to and over 12 years to mission of the organization. Majority of the managers lack actual...

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    Advice to Management

    Consider mandatory INTENSIVE management training with required continued education. Listen to new ideas. There is no harm in trying new things. Re-evaluate the mission of the organization. Learn from other nonprofits and grassroots programs that aren't afraid to take bold actions to create change. Invest in the growth of your employees. Especially the millennials. Catch up to modern business technology and business...

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    Southern Poverty Law Center2017-09-17
  8. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montgomery, AL

    I have been working at Southern Poverty Law Center

    Pros

    Great office to work at. Constantly impressed by the amazing people who end up here

    Cons

    the location isnt the best

    Southern Poverty Law Center2017-07-23
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Montgomery, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The mission of the company and the work that they do is admirable.

    Cons

    The work environment is toxic.

    Southern Poverty Law Center2017-04-14
  10. Helpful (26)

    "Everything that Glitters Ain't Gold"

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    Former Employee - Community Advocate in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Poverty Law Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Medical, dental, and retirement benefits Company credit card Company cell phone

    Cons

    Lack of sustainability on issues SPLC far too easily decides to intercede on behalf of fragile communities and just as easily decides to “go in another direction”. This leaves communities unsupported and distrustful of any outside support. The decision to not only leave these communities but to also rid of the staff members who maintained a consistent presence in these communities hurts SPLC's reputation and possible...

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    Advice to Management

    This advice is more to the Board. Time to clean out house. Senior leadership has caused and allowed the toxic environment that permeates the entire organization to go on for long enough. Whether you know it or not, it's no secret. Other organizations are fully aware of this reputation. It will hurt you in the long run as you continue to cycle through employees who will go on to be the very people you will need. STOP...

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    Southern Poverty Law Center2017-01-13
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