World Resources Institute Reviews

Updated Sep 20, 2020

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3.4
57%
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World Resources Institute President & CEO Andrew Steer (no image)
Andrew Steer
65 Ratings
Pros
  • "The work environment is just fabulous(in 26 reviews)

  • "WRI gives you the space to become what you wish to be(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "After reading through other reviews, I agree that career advancement and professional development is something WRI does need to work on(in 20 reviews)

  • "Experience of junior staff very uneven across programs(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Good people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, driven colleagues. Great internship program.

    Cons

    People don't know how to take time off work -- the culture is to work hard and around the clock.

  2. "Great young work culture"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator 

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time

    Pros

    Supportive of young level staff, genuine care about world issues

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted but young people given lots of growth opportunity


  3. "HR needs improvement"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission with really talented staff

    Cons

    - Complicated job titles and structures - Lack of transparency when it comes to salaries and promotions - Lack of policies that enforce managers to respect staff's time off (R&R, AWS, PTO, holidays etc). It doesn't work when this is dependent on managers' approval and they only care about work. - Lack of 360 reviews

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "One bad apple spoils the bunch"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Superb mission and values, stimulating and rewarding work, flexibility, room for growth depending on your team

    Cons

    No accountability for narcissistic “high level” staff who contribute very little, belittle others to deflect from their own failures, and create a toxic work environment. Instead the worst performing team members are coddled and given the benefit of the doubt because of their seniority and ability to act chummy with the right people. Complaining to your manager won’t get anywhere.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great organization, but too bad when a teammate who creates so much resentment easily gets away with things"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Mission driven, impactful work, intelligent and hardworking colleagues, great work /life balance

    Cons

    Management needs improvement , junior staff has to do all the work. Arrogant colleague who's "all talk and no action" easily gets away with not doing actual work and continuously badmouthing others on their back, which created toxic work environment and strong resentment and frustration from teammates. Complained issues repeatedly to the management level yet nothing was done. Seriously bad for morale and unfair.

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  6. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time

    Pros

    Mission-driven, inspiring colleagues Focused on data-driven and objective research

    Cons

    Challenging to disengage from work given mission-driven nature

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Work work work..."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The leadership is delightful, supportive, motivating, and talented. The staff are incredibly competent and a joy to work with. They offer a generous PTO package.

    Cons

    Good luck using that PTO. It can be very difficult to disconnect from the office. As a result, it’s not uncommon for staff to forfeit PTO each year for not using enough of it. Don’t get sick or have a chronic condition. Health and dental insurance plans are really weak if you live in DC. So yeah, work, work, work...night and day, evenings and weekends too. Oh! And don’t forget those holidays. But...it’s for a mission that requires our passion, and that usually makes the long days feel short. It truly is a privilege to work here.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "It's an OK Job for a year or two"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on the resume, some co-workers are awesome, benefits are decent, mission

    Cons

    Management and managers are generally inept and incapable of actually managing. Lots of favoritism from managers. If you're not the favorite good luck getting ahead. The work is okay but gets boring and repetitive. Managers and management have been here for a LONG time. If you're a junior employee you will be chewed up and spat out after 1-2 years. Pay is generally low with no negotiation.

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  9. "Great, intellectually challenging working environment!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate II in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    WRI gives you the space to become what you wish to be. Overall supportive environment for growth and exploration.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Sometimes hard to focus on strategic workstreams.

  10. "Easy Interview"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Communications 

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time

    Pros

    Very welcoming & straightforward questions.

    Cons

    None just be make sure to be prepared.

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