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Conservation Data Specialist

Defenders of Wildlife Washington, DC

Defenders of Wildlife seeks a data specialist to improve the effectiveness of U.S. endangered species conservation by analyzing large and complex…

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Jamie Rappaport Clark
6 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 a 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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