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30+ days ago

Integrated Marketing Associate

National Audubon Society New York, NY

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25 days ago

Magazine/Editorial Intern

National Audubon Society New York, NY

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is… Glassdoor


15 days ago

Editorial Fellow

National Audubon Society New York, NY

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Senior Accountant, Conservation Projects

National Audubon Society New York, NY

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Executive Director, Tuscon Audubon Society

National Audubon Society New York, NY

For more than a century, the National Audubon Society (Audubon) has championed the protection of birds and their habitat. Its mission is to conserve… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Graphic Designer

National Audubon Society New York, NY

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is… Glassdoor


26 days ago

VP Marketing & Engagement

National Audubon Society New York, NY

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is… Glassdoor


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    Heartless, soulless monster of a NY headquarters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Audubon Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Physical space has lots of natural light ... and as someone else said, there's A/C! (Although that's not really a pro because it's always cranked up too high (conservation organization?) and their solution was to distribute blankets to everyone. PS, the reason it's too high is because when the president knocked down a couple walls to make himself a bigger office, he created a corner space that's flooded with sunlight. So in order for him to be comfortable, everyone else has to freeze. Oh sorry, was this supposed to be the "Pros" section?)

    Cons

    Where to begin ... when the old president was forced out and the search committee was asked on an all-staff call what they were looking for in the next leader, the answer was one word: fundraising. They didn't care about conservation knowledge or passion, leadership, humanity, anything like that. Just dollar signs. While, they successfully hired Mr. Yarnold who has no knowledge or passion for conservation, no leadership, no humanity ... but unfortunately he's also a pretty terrible fundraiser.

    The obvious misallocation of money is stunning. In a year where they laid off dozens of employees (seeming to take great joy in spreading it out and keeping everyone in constant fear of perpetual layoffs), they had their first ever Gala .... at the Plaza hotel, where Mr. Yarnold was photographed leering amidst bikini-clad women painted as birds. AND they posted the photo to facebook, where the comments were deservedly shocked and disgusted. How oblivious can you be? But I guess they don't care about the sweet grandmothers in Idaho who don't want their $20 to go to a party at the Plaza; they care about the millionaire they might be able to seduce to the cause with a bird-lady lapdance at the Plaza.

    They changed the annual merit system to rob from the poor and give to the rich The merit increases used to be 3%, but they changed it to 1.5% to create a "bonus pool." Well, I talk to people and I don't know anyone making under 50k who ever got a bonus. So the essentially pooled all the bonuses of everyone making peanuts in order to give fat bonuses to the already fat cats. (Seriously - check out the 990. How many employees do you need making skywards of 200k?)

    Oh god, and the consultants. Every project necessitates a consultant who comes in, creates some Apple IIGS flow charts, and disappears into the night with a fat pay check and absolutely no impact.

    The HR department is by far the most incompetent bunch of useless sycophantic idiots you could ever hope to have the displeasure to work with. They've drunk the company kool-aid which forbids you from having any intelligence, common sense, or human decency. Even when you ask them questions that are clearly within their scope of work, their first response will always be "don't know" or "can't help." It's often easier to give up then to force them to do their job - exactly their strategy so they can sit all day taking their personal phone calls and shoe shopping online. Maybe they're not awful people (maybe), but they sure are awful employees.

    There are a few good eggs, intelligent, hard-working, and caring individuals ... none of them on the executive team. I just can't imagine why they're still there. IF YOU'RE READING THIS AND YOU WORK AT AUDUBON AND YOU STILL HAVE A SOUL, GET OUT! Maybe you've been in the abusive relationship so long, you can't see your way out. And sure, there are probably worse places to work out there. (Exxon?) But there are also workplaces where people smile and talk to each other in the hallways! Where people disdain politics and mind-games! Where the salaries are more evenly distributed! Where layoffs are not constantly held over your head! Where they have milk for the coffee and tea! I know it might sound like heaven if you're used to Audubon, but I promise these utopias exist. Save yourself!

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    Cupcake parties can't fix the evil you've wrought. Choose generosity over evil. Bring back the 3% base merit increases. And stop making people take 3 vacation days when the office is closed the Christmas-New Year's week. Half your employees don't even bother to log any of their vacation time, and yet you penalize the honest ones further by forcing them to use vacation days for days they couldn't work if they wanted to? WTH is that about?

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