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Union of Concerned Scientists Reviews

Updated Mar 26, 2019

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Ken Kimmell
14 Ratings
  1. Helpful (5)

    "an Ecuadorian-immigrant's experience at UCS"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - an organization that is constantly holding hard, challenging conversations within so that we can be better, more inclusive (then we already are) - a strong mix of younger and more experienced staff that together are coming up with innovating ways to communicate our message - strong leadership willing to share their knowledge and expertise to help grow and develop staff - on more then a few occasions, my co-workers...

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    Cons

    - Honestly, people love working here and try not to leave. This creates a natural log jam sometimes that I can see could lead to frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe having clearer paths for growth could assist in setting the right expectations for new employees.

    Union of Concerned Scientists2019-03-26
  2. Helpful (13)

    "Do NOT recommend working here"

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    Former Employee - Development in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    3+ weeks of vacation time.

    Cons

    UCS is not diverse, though it claims to be. The president, executive director, COO, HR director, chief development officer, and deputy development officer are all white. UCS hires entry-level staff of color, sure, but turnover is high for a reason. During my time at UCS, POC staff were either undermined or tokenized, depending on what the organization's aims were on a given day. In particular, development leadership (directors...

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    Advice to Management

    You need to stop selling yourself as a diverse organization unless you're willing to do the hard work.

    Union of Concerned Scientists2019-03-15
  3. Helpful (14)

    "Undermines staff of color and grossly underpays junior staff"

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    Former Employee - Undermines Staff of Color and Grossly Underpays Junior Staff in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many amazing coworkers who are passionate about the work

    Cons

    Ineffective managers are retained and promoted over junior staff, who are chronically underpaid and undervalued. Managers will go out of their way to limit the professional development of junior staff, devalue their prior work experience, and restrict their access to professional contacts. Staff of color are often tokenized or gaslighted because upper management is nearly 100% white. - Multiple staff considered filing...

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    Advice to Management

    Examine how you have contributed to 50 people leaving the organization within the last year--and disproportionately people of color.

    Union of Concerned Scientists2019-03-11
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great organization, great people, engaging work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time

      Pros

      Fun work and opportunities to engage with different experts working in different areas of the environmental field.

      Cons

      The pay was very low

      Union of Concerned Scientists2019-03-09
    • "Caring Employer"

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      Current Employee - Staff 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Great benefits and work/life balance - caring leadership and HR

      Cons

      Small organization - hard for some staff looking for rapid growth.

      Advice to Management

      keep being core UCS.

      Union of Concerned Scientists2019-03-11
    • Helpful (8)

      "Don't work here if you're a person of color"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time

      Pros

      Learning about the issues that are happening with our planet is helpful in spreading the word to those who have no knowledge of what is going on. Vacation time was also cool.

      Cons

      I want to point out that one of the reasons I applied to work at UCS is because they advertise their organization as being very diverse and inclusive. My first day on the job, I quickly realized that they were NOT diverse and inclusive as they said. They have people of color who work there; I should be specific to say that the people of color are those who at a glance can pass for being Caucasian. UCS wants to be...

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      Advice to Management

      You have to do better and take into account that the decisions you make that benefit you don't always benefit the staff that help you do your job every single day. Have them in mind when you make decisions.

      Union of Concerned Scientists2019-03-22
    • "Outreach Coordinator"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time

      Pros

      Collaborative work environment that stresses training and professional development.

      Cons

      Lack of transparency led to occasional confusion and frustration.

      Union of Concerned Scientists2018-05-21
    • Helpful (5)

      "Admirable employer, that balances the mission and employee well-being. Time to update certain processes."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time

      Pros

      The organization and its leaderships have their hearts in the right place. Genuine effort to balance organizational goals and fair treatment of employees is evident. Fairness and equality is highly regarded, more so with than many nonprofits. Room is permitted for employees to do their work, and accomplish their goals without hindrance.

      Cons

      Administrative policies (in place to ensure equal treatment) do cause certain issues. On-boarding, grade, and compensation policies do eliminate traditional bargaining that occurs during hiring, review, and promotion periods. However they do not account for the diversity of experience that employees bring to the table. In today's world single-track, full time experience is not the only kind experience meritorious of value.

      Advice to Management

      Consider communicating the rationale behind administrative policies, in order to help staff understand the reasoning behind decisions. (i.e. Why may experience be considered in lieu of education, but not vice versa? What are the goals in maintaining a relatively flat organization?)

      Union of Concerned Scientists2018-03-26

      Union of Concerned Scientists Response

      April 4, 2018HR Partner

      Thanks for your thoughtful input! UCS works hard to ensure fairness and equity in all aspects of our staff experience. As a science-based organization we certainly recognize the value of education, but even with the best university programs, some things cannot be learned in school. ...

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    • Helpful (2)

      "Terrific place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time

      Pros

      A well run, professional organization with high standards and a capable, highly expert and motivated staff. A wonderful place to work.

      Cons

      No notable downsides to speak of. No organization is perfect and UCS has had its share of growing pains, but it's a place that has its priorities straight.

      Advice to Management

      Create headroom for the talent coming up through the ranks so that they can move up.

      Union of Concerned Scientists2018-03-03

      Union of Concerned Scientists Response

      March 16, 2018HR Partner

      Thanks for taking the time to review UCS! We work hard to create a good environment for our staff and are always looking to improve so we appreciate honest feedback. UCS is growing very rapidly and that presents challenges. But management is aware, takes our mission very seriously ...

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    • Helpful (4)

      "Great place to work, fabulous staff, no longevity for junior staff"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists for more than a year

      Pros

      Interest and commitment to disadvantaged communities Everyone is passionate about their work and very knowledgable Great benefits Good work-life balance Pleasant work environment

      Cons

      No room to move up Too many temporary positions, leaving uncertainty of employment for many No opportunity for raises outside of annual merit raise Junior staff often work very hard and do great work but have nothing to work towards

      Advice to Management

      Consider more permanent roles for staff who do great work and enjoy being at UCS. If it is not possible to create upward mobility for junior staff, create more resources and opportunities for professional development

      Union of Concerned Scientists2018-03-07

      Union of Concerned Scientists Response

      March 16, 2018HR Partner

      Thanks for your frank feedback! As a non-profit that accepts grants, some of our positions are based on the term of the grant. Transparency is an important value at UCS and we always want to be clear and upfront when hiring people if there is a time limit on funding for a position. ...

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