Administrative Assistant (Contract) (Former Employee) – New York, NY – September 25, 2017
The culture was great. Management was supportive and really cared about the issues that the organization fights to protect. Salary was great. I was compensated well for someone with my skill set and experience. I enjoyed it there.
Great team, great pay, flexibility, work/life balance
sometimes work is boring and redundant. Needs to update technology
Intern (Former Employee) – Jackson, MS – September 4, 2017
The ACLU is a great place to gain practical work skills but the management is not always nurturing or concerned about a work-life balance. They are more concerned with winning. Its a good place to learn skills but not a good place to plan to stay.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 20, 2017
I was fortunate to participate as a community organizer for the San Diego American Civil Liberties Union working on projects such as community forum providing resources for undocumented people and information about DAPA and DACA.
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – December 13, 2015
Worked there as an intern, and then an appointed position. Tireless, dedicated staff. Very open to new ideas and working cooperatively. While there, I felt like I was on a highly functional team, with a shared vision, who supported each other.
Productive Place to Work with Nice Work/Life Balance
Legal Intern (Former Employee) – Saint Paul, MN – February 3, 2015
Great staff, fantastic supervisor, nice work/life balance, friendly atmosphere, provided opportunities for skill development, you get to advocate for the rights of others, but the pay is not very high and you do put in long hours depending on the case at hand
Director of Philanthropy (Current Employee) – Miami, FL – April 30, 2014
I really believe in the mission of the ACLU but management on the affiliate level is lacking and there is no oversight by the national office. Hard for me to recommend anyone coming to work for the organization though I will continue to support it.
Fair Housing Law Clerk (Former Employee) – Baltimore, MD – March 12, 2014
As a summer law clerk, one of the most enjoyable parts of the job was learning about fair housing issues by traveling with my supervising attorney to different parts of Maryland and the District of Columbia to attend various meetings and conferences on said issues. I learned a lot that summer.
Dedicated to protecting civil liberties and civil rights for nearly 100 years
Women’s and Reproductive Rights Volunteer (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – February 10, 2014
- Leader in policy and constitutional legal community - Garnered proven results over nearly 100 years of defending civil liberties - Hard working staff and leadership - Good work life balance - Friendly and bright staff
Professor Nadine Strossen was an outstanding mentor.
President/Professor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – November 26, 2013
Conducted legal and factual research involving civil liberties and constitutional law. Assisted with preparations for speaking engagements and media appearances. Edited scholarly publications. Excellent environment.
not legal (Current Employee) – New York, NY – September 30, 2013
The ACLU has a tremendous reputation and has achieved some truly amazing milestones/victories in the fight for civil liberties over nearly 100 years.
If you're a lawyer, this is a great place to work, but if you have other skills - policy, communications, digital, advocacy - look elsewhere.
The lawyers have an iron fist hold on all decisions related to strategy including decisions outside of their skill set. Management is terrified of the legal staff and will not push back, so skilled professionals who are not working on litigation or direct lobbying have to yield to illogical non-strategic "tactics" designed by lawyers who have no knowledge of (or real interest in) the wide range of opportunities that move public opinion around civil liberties. Good ideas are met with bullying from the lawyers to implement their ideas instead.
I've not yet met a lawyer who doesn't love it here- so if that is your field by all means apply. But if you are not a lawyer and want to flourish in your field while also working on behalf of the issues that matter most then this is not the place for you
diverse work force, decent hours
hierarchical, no job/salary advancement, unwieldy, unstrategic
Internship (Former Employee) – Chicago,IL – August 22, 2013
At ACLU it was very inspiring! It is my dream to be a Civil Rights Lawyer. There they should me the ropes of being a Civil Rights Lawyer. Being a Civil Rights Lawyer you don't get paid much but its worth it because your doing something you love!