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Systems Support Engineer

Defenders of Wildlife Washington, DC

The Systems Support Engineer assists the Director, Information Technology in aligning the Defenders of Wildlife's IT infrastructure with changing… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Director of Foundation Relations

Defenders of Wildlife Washington, DC

Responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for Defenders of Wildlife's foundation fundraising program. Working closely with the… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Director of Gift Planning

Defenders of Wildlife Washington, DC

The Director of Gift Planning is responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive planned giving program, including budget preparation and… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

New Mexico Outreach Representative

Defenders of Wildlife Albuquerque or Santa Fe, NM, US

This position has lead responsibility for the regional implementation of Defenders of Wildlife's national legislative priorities and local issues as… Glassdoor

Defenders of Wildlife Reviews

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Jamie Rappaport Clark
4 Ratings

    Shockingly bad management demoralizes staff

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Defenders of Wildlife full-time (more than an year)


    In general folks are nice and I worked with some smart people. However, that couldn’t make up for the horrible management. That said, the field offices do great work with a handful of staff. I wish I could have worked with them more. I don’t recommend working at Defenders, but if you do and want to see your work make a difference, don’t work at HQ in DC.


    Unfortunately all of the cons in the other reviews re spot on. The management at the top is horrible!!! Surprising amount of "big brother" bureaucracy and micro management. There continues to be a lot of staff turnover. Some people leave in frustration. Leadership is quite fickle in setting strategy and prioritizing work. There are also several small layoffs as grant funding runs out. Defenders has enough discretionary budget to redistribute rather than lose talent.

    I disagree with other reviews saying the benefits are good. Defenders has a pension plan but you have to be there a long time for it to be worthwhile. Employees have to do the work to set up their own 403(b) account as an alternative and there’s zero employer match. You may not realize it at first, but this takes a huge bite out of your potential retirement savings.

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    Respect and trust your staff to do their jobs and make decisions instead of hampering them with needless oversight. Develop a long-term view and strategy to develop, deploy and retain talent. Most managers, including and especially the senior team, need serious coaching to be more effective and motivate staff.

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