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Worldwatch Institute CEO 	Ed Groark
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    Highly credible think tank with a great staff

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Worldwatch Institute

    Pros

    Because the institute has a smaller staff, there's a very tight knit community where everyone can brainstorm collectively on marketing or fundraising strategies. As an intern, I was able to bounce ideas off everyone in the office which was very nice to be able to do.

    Cons

    At Worldwatch Institute, since everyone for the most part has their own research project, you do feel isolated from projects that you're not directly contributing to. Since I was interning for the communications director, I got to see bits and pieces of ongoing projects but for those that are just working on their own projects --they may not have as much of a grasp on all the projects going on.

    Advice to Management

    I think the institute would really benefit from more group meetings just so that everyone can have an idea of what everyone else is working on. Since the staff is small, it shouldn't be hard and wouldn't hurt for everyone to get together and share what they are working on.

    Worldwatch Institute Response

    June 1, 2016Communications and Marketing Director

    You'll be happy to know that we've implemented monthly all-hands meetings. We've also started monthly "salons," where the staff gathers to discuss topics of sustainability in a semi-structured discussion. We are really looking to connect across programs in order to maintain the holistic ...

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  2. Helpful (1)

    An overall positive experience

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    Former Employee - Climate and Energy Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Worldwatch Institute

    Pros

    - Engaging team who work in a hard-working and positive environment - Their was flexibility in choosing what projects I wanted to work on - Work was very relevant to what my background was, plus I learned a lot about non-profit think tank through practical experience

    Cons

    - There could be a little more communication between teams responsible for each program

    Advice to Management

    Go to conferences/talks and lunches together more because they are the are team-building and generate a knowledge sharing environment

    Worldwatch Institute Response

    June 1, 2016Communications and Marketing Director

    We've noted the need to communicate across various programs and work sites, and we've started implementing monthly gatherings to promote more discussion between teams. We'll be hosting brown bag sessions, encouraging semi-structured monthly discussions, and hosting monthly meetings. ...

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  3. Heading in the right direction

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Worldwatch Institute for more than 2 years

      Pros

      --Highly motivated junior staff --Nimble research teams focus on high impact opportunities --Small size gives great opportunities for stepping into management roles

      Cons

      --Funding --Limited communication between research & admin departments

      Advice to Management

      --Promote engagement of senior/remote staff in office --Strengthen pipeline from junior to mid-range professional staff to promote retention

      Worldwatch Institute Response

      June 1, 2016Communications and Marketing Director

      Our staff really is our biggest strength! In order to connect with our senior/remote staff, we have started organizing "all-hands" meetings-- including remote staff. Thank you for your review!

    • Smart researchers, poor management

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Worldwatch Institute full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Organization with smart, talented and dedicated people who actually want to do good for the world, but the organization unfortunately just doesn't have enough resources to support the staff.

      Cons

      Poor management, limited funding and resources, unwillingness of the upper management to evolve and try new ideas and projects and step away from the the old school type of think tank.

      Advice to Management

      Reconsider institute's overall strategy and maybe even consider hiring a business development or strategy consulting firm to help with that - an expensive endeavor, but maybe a much needed one.

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      research assistant

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Worldwatch Institute

      Pros

      Highly organized and efficient working environment

      Cons

      Not too much communication between different departments

      Advice to Management

      more team building event

    • Good People, Little Personal/Professional Growth

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Worldwatch Institute part-time for more than a year

      Pros

      The people a really great. Working in the office, there are more interns than staff because they work remotely. Even though, everyone is kept to themselves, if you need any help or advice, they will guide you

      Cons

      1. Similar to the post below. VERY VERY VERY Unorganized and horrible management. You will sit at your desk for 5 days with no assignments, then on a Friday at 4pm, you will receive an email saying they want a product over the weekend. (Let me remind you this is unpaid if your an intern). I do not understand why this organization waits to the very last minute on everything. 2. About 90% of directors and working staff...

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      Advice to Management

      Change everything.

    • Dedicated/passionate staff but poorly managed

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Worldwatch Institute full-time

      Pros

      This is a small non-profit where staff members - both in research and administration - can get a lot of experience. Office culture is generally positive with a good mix of senior and junior staff members, (strictly speaking overqualified) interns, and passionate researchers. Great healthcare plan!

      Cons

      Staffing shortage means you are often overworked with very little pay. Salary and budget pales in comparison to other environmental nonprofits in the field of sustainable development Very little interest or investment in human resources, professional development, or office culture. Plagued by financial problems and mismanagement

      Worldwatch Institute Response

      June 1, 2016Communications and Marketing Director

      Worldwatch is making a renewed commitment to professional development and office culture! We're organizing monthly brown bag sessions, outings, and "salons"--informal discussions where senior and junior staff discuss topics of sustainability. We are also investing more into framing ...

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    • Head stuck in the sand

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      Current Employee - Communications 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Worldwatch Institute full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      It's outsized reputation looks good on the resume if you're interested in a nonprofit career.

      Cons

      I agree wholeheartedly with this reviewer: "Seems to have trouble getting projects funded, probably because other similar environmental NGO's are doing bigger better things. Unfortunately management and long-time employees still think WW's voice is more important in the environmental dialogue than it actually is. They actually fail to see any need for change despite the hand-to-mouth situation WW has apparently been...

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      Advice to Management

      Corporate culture is difficult to change, but it starts at the top. In Worldwatch's case, a wholesale shift is necessary.

    • Talented Young Staff Stifled By Senior Managers

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      Former Employee - Research Staff 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Worldwatch Institute full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Generous time off and paid benefits for full-time employees Intelligent young staff who are just breaking into the environmental policy arena, and you can definitely get your feet wet Very social group of people who often get together outside the work day Casual dress and flexible work schedules

      Cons

      Management and organizational culture are the biggest disadvantages to working at this organization. Senior managers lack necessary management and interpersonal skills Certain administrative staff can be catty and severely bottleneck projects Organizational livelihood is sacrificed due to the large egos of the Board Unspoken belief that young professionals add no value, meaning there is no upward mobility Long inefficient...

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    • Good short-term place with impressive young professionals... Long past its prime and poor management

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      Former Employee -  in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Worldwatch Institute part-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      This is a great place to work if you are just breaking into the professional world, and need a place to cut your teeth. Particularly good for interns (if you're not looking to be paid). Atmosphere is filled with intelligent young professionals - many with impressive backgrounds. The Climate and Energy staff and the Agriculture staff really know their stuff. More of a big family feel here than an office and...

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      Cons

      Poor management here - some are catty and have bad attitudes, some are impossible to work with, some love to hear themselves talk, and many share the belief that younger staffers are inferior. Not an ideal place to blossom but you'll find respite in the younger people there. This place is a bit of an intern factory. 10+ interns working simultaneously (and that's just in office). And while they are generally intelligent,...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop micromanaging and pay attention to the ideas and complaints of your younger staffers. Put some money into your marketing/comm department to bring it up to date. Get rid of the employees who are difficult to work with and bringing little to the table. These employees, combined with the poor future financial outlook, and little room for professional growth lower morale and cause talented staff to leave for...

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