Sierra Club Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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The Sierra Club Foundation is an American environmental nonprofit. It is affiliated with the Sierra Club. The organization's stated mission is to "help educate, inspire, and empower humanity to preserve the natural and human environment." The Sierra Club Foundation is a public charity based in San Francisco, California and founded in 1960.


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Field Organizer (Former Employee) says

"Sierra Club is not a place you want to work. Their management does not know what they are doing. Sad that a historic group like this fails to see leadership skills in qualified, experienced candidates and looks for young and inexperienced."

Advancement Assistant (Former Employee) says

"My co-workers were nice, and I enjoyed working beside them. Management had a much higher opinion of itself than was warranted. And that is putting it kindly. Some managers were downright incompetent. Tasks were regularly menial, tedious, and went without any appreciation. Also, the office work ethic was not very strong overall. I would only recommend this place if you are facing homelessness- and even then I would give it thought. Cons: Bad office politics, lazy management."

Climate Action Campaign Intern (Former Employee) says

"Getting to work with great people who truly want to make the world a better place. Management and other interns were genuine and well-educated in sustainability. Cons: unpaid internship"

Student Intern (Former Employee) says

"It is a great place to work. They are all about the environment, and they care deeply about their employees. Also, the work is very diverse."

Volunteer Work (Former Employee) says

"Not the best job I have ever had. Leadeship leaves much to be desired. Training is okay at best. Well meaning individuals. A lot of work but not challenging. A monkey could do it. Cons: management is disorganized"

Intern (Former Employee) says

"I worked as an intern with a very specific assignment. I performed research and comparative analysis on various topics. I found the research and the analysis to be very educational."

Administrative Internship (Former Employee) says

"It was my first official internship in the States and new work perspective. The employees where very helpful and friendly. Cons: not much work"

Fellowship (Former Employee) says

"You typically work one on one with a manager or potentially with a community group. Task are mostly based around fundraising and community events/promotion."

Community Representative (Former Employee) says

"As a POC working in one of the largest non-profit organization it can be challenging but is also very awarding and filled with opportunities. Can be very autonomous at times. Cons: Requires a lot of time, odd hours"


"productive and is always on the go. Have a lot of events you can attend for a good cause. It is very interesting and is a good way to network with people."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Sierra Club full-time Cons: Most donor base is composed of old and senile people, so it is a regular feeling they are taken advantage of them."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Sierra Club full-time Cons: Unorganized. People don't seem to be very happy. Way behind the technology curve. Takes forever to accomplish tasks. A lot of internal bureaucracy with many tall walls to climb across. Employees aren't held accountable for errors or accomplishing tasks. Communication is terrible and no one is on the same page."

Former Employee - Communications Manager says

"I worked at Sierra Club full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Executives are known to be bigoted and care more about external relationships that the internal staff. Managers strongly encourage employees to write positive reviews on social media websites to improve the brand. Be careful, most of the positive reviews here are drafted by managers pretending to be employees."

Former Employee - Associate Organizer says

"I worked at Sierra Club part-time for more than a year Cons: The staff are treated to ample time off, excellent salaries, and assignments forever - contrast that with the volunteers that come to the cause thinking they'll be able to organize. . They will get a clipboard and told they are now working on the latest National campaign that has nothing to do with their interest."

Former Employee - Intern says

"I worked at Sierra Club part-time Cons: unpaid, felt like I wasn't doing much at times"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Sierra Club full-time for more than 5 years Cons: The Human Resources department is actively terrible, and routinely messes up things like employee 401K. Management is still almost entirely white men, who are feminist right up until the point where it involves giving women any real power within the organization. For a nonprofit whose offices are based in Oakland, the headquarters is almost entirely white. Most of the POCs in the office are interns or in customer care. Many layers of middle management whose jobs depend on keeping the status quo."

Independent Contractor says

"I have been working at Sierra Club for more than 10 years Cons: Wished I lived on west coast"


"I worked at Sierra Club Cons: There isn't much work to do for interns. The office space is small."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Sierra Club full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Very hard to move upward in the organization without sucking up or overworking yourself to endear yourself to your supervisor. Management training is basically non-existent. People are promoted based on seniority or popularity and not given the resources to learn how to manage. Salary is low for most people but was extraordinarily high for some senior executives who likely cost the organization more than they created in donations/etc. At the time, upper management/HR was very anti-union and would outright lie about how the contract limits them from giving promotions/raises/etc. New top level hires would not take the time to learn about the current structure or past of the Club and this would prevent them from being effective, but not from drawing huge salaries."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Sierra Club full-time Cons: Training for new employees isn't very organized, even for a nonprofit. In may case, there wasn't any updates on my performance which would have been helpful. While I was there, I didn't feel like there were any opportunities to grow within my department."