Environmental Defense

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Environmental Defense Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at EDF. It's a positive work environment with a lot of collaboration and opportunities for growth. They made a strong effort for the whole staff to know about the programs and feel inspired about the mission.

    Cons

    There were very few cons! I had challenges with a manager for part of my time there, but was always able to turn to other staff as mentors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Generally a pleasant experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice and very smart colleagues;
    Interesting projects that enable you to learn a lot during the internship;
    Good work/life balance, no extra work after office hour.

    Cons

    Intern manager in office is not very helpful;
    Pay is relatively low;
    Limited cross-departmental communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to interns. Their contribution is considerable but their pay is less than TA job at school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It is a place full of potential and very smart people - but lacks institutional ambition & too many managers in the way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of resources for domestic work; Great team of experts; good location and office environment;

    Cons

    unequal pay for interns; too many program managers that stand in the way; few chances for promotion; poor communication of future direction from NY HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The org. needs more young people to move the org. into the future. - promote from within and hire your interns (and pay them to show them to indicate value)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    EDF has an excellent culture and meaningful projects.

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    Former Employee - Oceans Program  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Oceans Program in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is down to earth, very intelligent, and passionate about what they do. If you care about the environmental space, there are a multitude of practice areas to learn about.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the pay is low because it is a non-profit. Additionally, there is not a lot of room for upward mobility because they hire many experiences professionals as upper-management. It's a great place to start out between graduation and graduate school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is great and management has been great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, important mission. Smart people, but less than they think.

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, with smart, pragmatic people who value innovation and do not adhere to the typical dogmas of environmentalism. Good work-life balance. Wonderful focus on science-based environmentalism, including economics.

    Cons

    An organisation that is a little too full of itself, and sometimes lacks perspective. HR is often unresponsive, except when it comes to letting people go. Upper management in some programs are disengaged from their operational staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ups & Downs

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed, fun company, that works on a mission to help the planet.

    Cons

    Bad communication among programs & managers, low moral, HR needs work, very hard for advancement within organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your team in the loop...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great organization with great people working for a great cause

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent in communications and advocacy. A great place for professional development

    Cons

    Lack of diversity both in thought and background

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    EDF has very smart people who obviously care about making a positive difference. EDF also provides an excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    EDF is an extremely liberal organization staffed by people who think they are moderates. There is no diversity of thought from management who almost go out of their way to hire far left staffers. At EDF diversity only means skin color. EDF would be wise to follow Pew's model especially since so much of the money they raise comes from Republican donors. And this is why management puts on a bipartisan facade when meeting with its board and donors.

    The few conservatives on staff either hide their views or quickly learn that their input and analysis will be completely ignored and dismissed if it dares contradict some sacred liberal belief. Many of the goals at EDF are noble but management is so partisan and protective of Democratic interests that they will sacrifice their own agenda if it dares to upset other liberal NGOs or any Democratic politician in DC. For example, EDFs scientists determined fracking is safe and does not harm the water table yet their official statements were much less supportive so as not to upset the left. During cap and trade no one at EDF ever mentioned or discussed climategate because management primarily gets their news from MSNBC so they put their blinders on and pretended the scandal didn't exist. Then they were flabbergasted when climategate led to the death of their cap and trade bill. Most sadly, EDF management caved go the fascist voices on staff who refused to attend their annual retreat because it was being held at a beautiful hotel complex with a pro-American theme where Pat Robertson had a small stake in ownership.

    Lastly, no one advances up the chain unless their ideology comports with managements almost like a religious litmus test.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity means thought not how much melanin one has in their skin. Start hiring a diverse group of people if you want to stay relevant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great mission, terrible managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Environmental Defense full-time

    Pros

    Very smart, passionate people working on a great cause. They are thoughtful and open to new ideas.

    Cons

    I was not impressed by the managers here. They tend to be well-respected in their fields, but were not ready to manage employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before giving an expert people to manage, please consider training them and offering transparent feedback systems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great internship experience in the Oceans Department

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    Former Employee - Oceans Intern  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Oceans Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Environmental Defense as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    EDF works on some amazing projects that are relevant and truly have the potential to impact ocean management. I feel that the Oceans Department's goals are realistic but also large enough to make a difference. The people in the San Francisco office are passionate, creative, and supportive; it was a delightful work environment.

    Cons

    Difficult to obtain a full-time job in the organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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