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Union of Concerned Scientists Reviews

Updated December 7, 2016
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  1. "Web Content Manager"

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    Current Employee - Web Content Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Web Content Manager in Cambridge, MA
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    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, knowledgable, committed and collegial. Wonderful benefits and atmosphere.

    Cons

    None I can think of.


  2. "Campaign Manager"

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    Current Employee - Campaign Manager
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager
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    Pros

    Kind, warm, committed staff. Great internal mechanisms for HR, Finance, Admin--very well-running machine. Great development staff and stable funding. Excellent communications team, always evolving and expanding reach and impact in the social media and earned media sectors.

    Cons

    Slow-moving, hierarchical and sometimes overly cumbersome internal bureaucracy workings.


  3. "Amazing Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Incredible people who are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    The offices are very spread out, making it hard to get to know some of the people you work with


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  5. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved everything about working at UCS. There are a lot of smart people there and they are working on some of the most important issues facing the world today.

    Cons

    Like a lot of non-profits things could be a little chaotic now and then but that was not the norm.

    Union of Concerned Scientists Response

    Sep 15, 2016 – HR Director

    UCS should be a workplace that mirrors the change we want to see in the world. Our generous time off and excellent benefits provide our staff with work/life balance and support.


  6. "Inspiring Organization With Integrity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    UCS is a true anomaly in the non-profit world: the organization is transparent in all matters of human resources and financials; salaries and benefits are decent; and there are clear checks and balances through all management levels. Employees are kind and treat each other with respect--increasingly rare in this sector. In many ways, UCS is a model organization for how non-profits should operate and measure success.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, there aren't many opportunities for upward mobility. There is a certain hierarchical structure in place that makes it difficult for employees--especially entry-level or early career--to advance within the organization, unless one is committed to sticking around for 10+ years.


  7. "employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time

    Pros

    friendly environment.
    admirable mission.
    passionate, committed employees.

    Cons

    occasional difficult colleagues.
    some internal miscommunication.


  8. "Union of Concerned Scientists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to change the world. the organization has a fantastic reputation and great connections with key policy makers. Everyone here is SUPER smart and very nice.

    Cons

    There is lots of bureaucracy, which significantly slows the process of making change in the world. There is a lack of trust so most products, policy positions, and sign on letters must be reviewed 5+ times by many staff.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red tape, trust and promote your employees. Stop hiring so many temporary employees. folks without the safety net of families with money or personal savings are very unlikely to take temporary positions


  9. "Excellent organization to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, work environment, benefits. Staff extremely committed to the mission of the organization, produce high quality work products again and again.

    Cons

    lots of middle management makes it hard to grow professionally if you are in your early to mid-career.


  10. "Union of Concerned Scientists is a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dunedin, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dunedin, FL
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    UCS hires highly skilled and motivated persons across their scientific, policy and activist departments. Morale is high, tasks are interesting, and the organization has a healthy sense of where to invest its energy - not only battles that are easily won, but battles that can be productively lost. The organization has a bulletproof reputation for scientific integrity and is incredibly respected among academic scientists.

    Cons

    Staff work in the regional office can feel somewhat isolated, compared to the teamwork that is the norm in the national office.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that regional staff are supported in participating in projects that draw on larger groups of staff to reduce any sense of isolation.


  11. "Great Mission - Great Work - Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Staff Person in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Person in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Union of Concerned Scientists full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work, good people and really good benefits. Ergonomic desks, tons of training, retreats, brown bags - so enriching. The management really tries to enrich the staff. I feel really lucky to have landed here.

    Cons

    People work really hard and forget to connect sometimes. The staff is really driven and passionate, but sometimes don't reach down to lift up each other.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, don't stop trying - you made a difference with your employee assistance program.



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