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History repeats itself
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CADecember 14, 2018
When you arrive at CSE, it's like the hunger games-names flashing across your email unannounced almost constantly from HR of those leaving the company and another 2-4 people/month being hired. Described internally and known externally as a company with poor management, lack of training and siloed departments hardly instills confidence in an organization and its staff...it's surprising this company has not been in deeper financial whoas in its 20yrs. Scrambling to acquire consultant work (due to concern of loosing large contracts), lack of staff knowledge, management direction and non-existent PM office creates atmosphere of constant stress, overlapping project timelines/staff needs and tension.
Although admirable in its mission and a staff of well-intended people; as many have said before-the good ones leave out of frustration or better offers and the ones who have been there the longest seem to be able to get away with murder. Never have I experienced such a two-faced project staff from lying directly to your face, lack of follow-through and accountability and no support when issues are encountered...as was proclaimed by a senior PM 2 wks into his hire, "wow, they don't tell how how poorly organized and mis-managed this place is in your interview."
Strangely, this non-profit doesn't seem to fundraise, have any annual banquets or even utilize partnerships or other marketing to increase annual budgets or staff/mission opportunity...after months of "searching" a current board member with a software background is maintaining the leadership role - helping on financial management
  more... fronts but pushing the company to bid on contracts out of its league, not focusing on internal accountability in its management leaders and leading the company to operate as a consultant firm with teams that cant keep up on work is hardly a full-proof vision.  less
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alternative work schedules
Cons
lack of management, disorganized projects, no training
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Mission Driven Non Profit
Librarian (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJuly 2, 2018
Excellent place to work with smart, well educated employees. Great benefits, flexible hours, practiced what they preached. Moving soon to a new location.
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Great place to work
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAApril 8, 2015
Most jobs are for programs so may only last for the length of the program, (dependent on funding and who provides it). Opportunity to move between programs, and for promotion.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Non profit so pay will generally be a little lower
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3 years of constant layoffs
CSE (Former Employee) –  San diegoDecember 15, 2017
•There years of constant layoffs
•Office is moving to a location near a strip club in the Midway District, because the company is running out of money
•Leadership is terrible
•Not uncommon for new hires to leave after six months
•Morale is as low as it can get
•The good employees are all gone by now
•Management spends a lot of time talking about how the long term employees who leave are no good and why the company is better off without them
Pros
The office we are leaving was good to work in.
Cons
Regular layoffs
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Enjoyed the work itself but morale sucked
Senior Manager, Advisory Services, DER Progs (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJuly 25, 2017
I enjoyed my time at CSE, because they were flexible and loyal, however, the second my contract ran out of money my position was eliminated. Not fun.
Pros
Sick days + Paid Time Off, Alternative work schedule, Mission Based non-profit
Cons
Executive team treats you like a number, rather than a person. Working in a satellite office makes you feel unwanted.
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Working as team and having a responsiblitly with the power are the key of success
Accounting Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 17, 2017
Working at Center for Sustainable Energy was fun if there were a good management to lead the programs and support center teams. The communication was very bad and no one knows why there was the budget short to fix it. The pressure on the support teams were high because they were not billable. The Financial reports and budget never explained to the program departments to explore how the finance function can support the program operation.
Management never came to me to ask for reports were needed. He used to go to the staff directly to request what he needed. Then when the report went out wrong, I got the blame. Programmers worked directly with staff instead going through right channel. I had a responsibility but not the power to run my team.
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Challenging work with bad leadership
Former Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAApril 12, 2017
This the worst organization I've ever worked for. It acts like a non-profit for tax purposes only. The leadership is horrid and has ruined the place.
Pros
Nice people, casual dress
Cons
Horrible leadership, no job security
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Nice People, Short Contracts
Manager (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAApril 19, 2016
Work is great while contracts last. After they expire it can be hard to keep a full time position.

Employees are assigned to contracts rather than roles, so you will see accountants processing rebates, managers doing outreach events, etc.. Must be open to taking on tasks far outside of your position.
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Culture, people
Cons
Inconsistent workloads, very political environment
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CCSE overview
Human Resources Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 20, 2013
Working at CCSE was a great experience and the co-workers were one of the best co-workers one could want to work with. The easiest and enjoyable part of my job was recruiting and employee relations. Enjoyed working with the volunteers and interns.
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Productive and friendly environment
Office Assistant (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYAugust 20, 2013
Staff are great and friendly. Nice environment, plenty of work.
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