Environment America Reviews

Updated Apr 6, 2022

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2.5
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Environment America Executive Director Margie Alt
Margie Alt
30 Ratings
Pros
  • "Environment America gives you a lot of responsibility, along with high quality training and staff support(in 11 reviews)

  • "The experience door to door canvassing and organizing canvassers was difficult but very skill building(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Almost entirely clipboard canvassing, seems to need more permanent management(in 13 reviews)

  • "Students, steer clear of Environment America(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Learning Experience, Really tough work environment

      Apr 6, 2022 - Associate 
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      Pros

      Amazing learning experience, most of the people you work with are amazing and friendly, lots of responsibility and autonomy

      Cons

      Extremely stressful, high expectations, unlivable wage, unrealistic expectations, unsafe and semi-toxic and manipulative work environment, no DEI and refusal to talk about environmental injustice

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      If you want to protect the environment - this is the place

      Mar 21, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      campaigns are strategic and smart; training from other staff is so valuable; you get to learn a lot about how organizations run and campaigns are won.

      Cons

      there is a lot of opposition to the problems we are trying to solve and it can be challenging to remain positive and focused.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee

      STAY AWAY. You are better than this place. Cultish, exploitative, misleading, disheartening.

      Mar 9, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The work can sometimes be enjoyable and occasionally impactful.

      Cons

      - Disrespectfully low pay & inadequate benefits. [minimum wage (and depending on your location, you might work more than 40 hours a week to reach that wage)] - Lack of diversity & diversity training. (pitifully white, no diversity training, no H.R. department, unconcerned with and in fact disgusted by environmental justice) - Canvassing operation is misleading at best & highly exploitative at worst. (misrepresents the job to idealistic young adults and enforces strict, arbitrary quotas; disregards staff's safety concerns while they canvass) - Differences in political opinion are not tolerated, and disdain for the left is institutional. (upper management despises the left and makes it known;

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      If you know what's good for you do NOT work for this organization

      Feb 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      You will learn a lot quickly

      Cons

      Terrible pay (don't let anyone tell you that you should get paid $12/hr with a undergraduate degree)! You're worth much more. Work for a company that is willing to value your worth.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      don't work here

      Feb 17, 2022 - Field Organizer in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      passionate coworkers, stand up for wildlife

      Cons

      so many -- low pay, bad management

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Underpaid but useful for skill development

      Jan 12, 2022 - Conservation Associate in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      -Lots of responsibility for an entry level job -Varied work roles

      Cons

      lack of pay and minimal vacation

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Decent Place to Start Environmental Advocacy

      Oct 4, 2021 - Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Great group of people to work with -Challenging opportunities lead to growth

      Cons

      -Internship was unpaid -Expected to know everything with little training

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Worst cult ever

      May 13, 2021 - Campaign Director 
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      Pros

      If you can put up with the numerous problems, it is theoretically possible to build experience and claim credit for the work you do before escaping to greener pastures. But Environment America, which is part of the mothership organization The Public Interest Network, is only suitable for those who are truly desperate and have no other options.

      Cons

      Abysmal salary and benefits; rampant corruption; flawed ideology; toxic and abusive culture; overt hostility toward incorporation of basic diversity/equity/inclusion/justice principles; idiodic organizational structure; systemic incompetence; and leadership's willful rejection of common-sense improvements that could make this a passable workplace. Environment America (EA) and its parent organization, The Public Interest Network (TPIN), are completely broken. Here is a small sampling of what a job at TPIN looks like: -Entry-level employees are paid the bare minimum of what TPIN can legally get away with in a given state. It is not a living wage, and there is no cost of living adjustment for expensive cities. Pay is slightly higher for more experienced staff, but scales very poorly and is a mere fraction of what other nonprofits pay for similar roles. Senior managers assert that they too have comparably low salaries, though many benefit from multiple TPIN checks by holding multiple roles simultaneously, sitting on boards, etc. Doug Phelps, CEO and leader of the TPIN cult, also runs a for-profit canvassing operation that provides some in senior management with additional sources of income. TPIN’s non-profit resources are frequently used to subsidize this for-profit operation. -New employees do not receive a written offer letter, only a verbal description of the job and their compensation. It is not unusual for management to spontaneously change an employee's compensation, omit key details of what the employee's job will entail, or renege on previous verbal promises. -On mandatory work trips, employees are forced to share a full-size bed with another adult for up to two weeks. There is no per diem for meals. These periodic trainings and meetings in Denver, Colorado happen 2-4 times per year. New staff are often directed to pay for their own plane ticket without reimbursement. -There is a screening question often used in interviews: "Is it more important to move to a zero carbon society as fast as possible or to make sure our transition to a zero-carbon society is just for all?" Shockingly, picking "just" will be treated as an incorrect answer. Points are deducted. This is one example of the organization's hostility toward environmental justice and its proponents. -There is no Human Resources department. There is no harassment policy. All problems must be directed to one's immediate supervisor, even if the issue in question is with that supervisor. EA and TPIN's parasitic business model is to recruit ideological recent graduates who do not yet have the professional perspective to realize how bizarre this workplace truly is. The organization plans for approximately 50% turnover each year. The organization uses this attrition to self-select those who are willing to tolerate the cultish atmosphere. And to be clear: this organization is absolutely a cult. CEO Doug Phelps and his sycophants are holy, and alternate points of view are not tolerated. The organization continues to force employees to share beds because that is the way that Doug Phelps and his college buddies did it. If you don’t like it, then leave. Frighteningly, management maintains an internal "culture fit" blacklist to inventory employees who do not align well enough with the organization’s prevalent conservative ideology. TPIN monitors employees’ personal social media accounts to identify sympathizers of Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and adds employees to the blacklist if they “like” or “retweet” content affirming the Movement for Black Lives. Management uses this blacklist for all major decisions: whom they promote, whom they invite to join the board, and whom they terminate. Employees who have fully bought into the cult are asked to spy on other employees, and their reports are used to further inform the blacklist. This organization is toxic. If you have any other options, do not take a job at Environment America.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      burn and churn is their business model, rejects environmental justice

      Apr 8, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      good training opportunities, access to decision-makers, well funded, opportunities to do a lot

      Cons

      low salary, a rejection of environmental justice, non-existent racial diversity, dishonest business structure

      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      BADDD

      Feb 18, 2021 - Field Canvasser 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good cause, wants to help environment

      Cons

      treats workers terribly, has to hire new employees daily because people quit so often, no concern for safety

      3 people found this review helpful
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    Environment America has an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5, based on over 103 reviews left anonymously by employees. 28% of employees would recommend working at Environment America to a friend and 24% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 9% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Environment America employees rate their compensation and benefits as 1.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Environment America. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

    28% of Environment America employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Environment America 2.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.9 for culture and values and 3.0 for career opportunities.

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