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World Resources Institute Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is dependent on your team/manager (mine was great) (in 8 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be insane at some times - especially for junior staff who support large-scale events and research (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, brilliant people, good work-life balance

    Cons

    WRI is experiencing some growing pains, and management/HR need to respond appropriately to the new size of the organization.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission
    Super friendly and passionate colleagues
    Rigorous and well-respected publications
    Really generous benefits package

    Cons

    Uncontrolled growth is causing some management and structural problems
    Work-life balance is dependent on your team/manager (mine was great)
    Confusing signals from management team at times

    Advice to Management

    Better adapt to organization size. Some decisions just need to be made at the top, while still considering the impacts on regular employees. The more democratic structure worked better when the organization was small, but now it just creates confusion.
    Managers should take more of an interest in the professional development of lower-level staff and allow time for that development to occur.

  3. "Treats junior staff terribly!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good mission, builds experience

    Cons

    One of the most toxic and secretive HR structures and compensation packages of anywhere I have worked. For junior employees, there is no value in prior work experience and/or graduate degrees. I know three people with identical compensation, but one has only a BA, one has an MSC no prior experience, one has an MSC 3 yrs prior experience. This is standard at WRI. If you have a MSC from Stanford or a BA from No-Name Liberal Arts School, you will have identical compensation. This is the kind of place to get on your resume and then get out of as fast as possible to find an organization that actually values the employees who are generating the work on a day-to-day level.

    Advice to Management

    Supposedly compensation is based on "industry averages". This means you clearly expect average quality work, not high quality work. There is no incentive for good/poor performance. If you insist on incentivizing average quality work you will not stay globally ranked for long.


  4. "great people, slow pace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, good people. generally collaborative environment

    Cons

    slow pace, staff often underutilized given experience /skill sets

    Advice to Management

    invest much more in people. give staff more challenging opportunities. support cultural shift to focus on professional growth and advancement, especially for lower level staff


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Generally a good place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Everyone believes in what they are doing and there are some interesting projects.

    Cons

    Lower level staff doesn't have any room to grow so high turnover. If you're also not a heavy researcher not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Work on ways to keep junior staff. If you've spent a year training someone it doesn't make sense to then have them leave because they don't have opportunities and the same consideration as higher levels.


  6. "Disorganized management holding WRI back"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time

    Pros

    Very bright and engaged staff

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of accountability and clear decision-making


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people - passionate and motivated

    Cons

    Do not expect do get paid what you are worth. Additionally, expect to do more than 1 job.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator II in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, leadership, organizational structure and mission

    Cons

    Lower salary, long hours, work-life balance depends on team


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture overall, but individual experience depends on the program"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits, smart and supportive coworkers. Very much a collaborative and welcoming atmosphere.

    Cons

    Too many managers and not enough opportunity for junior staff to advance. Very different atmosphere depending on what program you're working for - some are significantly more laid back and place more emphasis on work life balance than others.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage managers to take an active interest in the career goals of their staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great worthwhile projects to work on, you feel you work with very smart people and contribute to make a better world. Pretty competitive benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Salary could be more competitive.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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