Audubon Society

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Audubon Society Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
12 Reviews
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    National Audubon Society - Not a software development shop

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

    I worked at Audubon Society full-time

    Pros

    Decent location, Hours are flexible

    Cons

    I was told that I do not need to have things in writing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Senior management is overpaid, under-whelming, with little conservation knowledge or commitment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Audubon Society full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Concerned, kind staff at local level, working hard to introduce birds and nature to people. Flexible enough to amend to ever-changing directions from senior management.

    Cons

    The Audubon CEO is a major ganef and pretender in today's conservation industry. The CEO barely raises a fraction of his enormous annual salary, he is repulsive to sophisticated donors who quickly ascertain his weak depth of knowledge and little personal commitment to the cause. He is, after all, a newspaper salesman from San Jose. The CEO inspires fear from all who work for him. The entire organization has had all enthusiasm sucked from its veins. He commands instead of asks; he blames others for problems instead of fixing the problem; he drives employees but offers little direction or coaching. He talks of the "global scale" of Audubon, but can't show any real results saving bird species or habitats that Audubon is directly responsible for. He is slow at the helm: look at Cornell's E.D. John Fitzpatrick timely and excellent NY Times essay on the extinction of passenger pigeon. Thanks to its CEO, Audubon is irrelevant, immaterial, inapposite, inapplicable, inconsequential, insignificant and unimportant now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CEO and his useless band of senior sycophants. Audubon's current management is contemptuous of every conservation battle they never had to fight. The current leadership cannot hold a match to the achievements of preceding managers. They should spend less time with women Cirque du Soleil dancers whose nude bodies were painted as birds, and more time with practitioners of habitat protection at local, community and regional levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Audubon Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many committed and dedicated staff

    Cons

    The org. can be very bureacratic, the leadership is poor, many managers are inept, there are major office politics, lack of commucation between departments and offices plus the pay is really low even for an NGO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer management/leadership training to your supervisors, recognize and reward your valuable employees, start promoting within and improve the HR department - they are supposed to provide assistance, advice and support to employees as well as managers and not act as the company police

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    fly in other direction

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

    I have been working at Audubon Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    rewarding to help save birds

    Cons

    management plays mind-games, employees overloaded for little pay, stressful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling Against Irrelevance at the Cost of Its Soul

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

    I worked at Audubon Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated lower- and mid-level employees

    Cons

    A corrupt, thoroughly unpleasant place to work

    By far the worst job I've ever had—and that includes my teenage stint as an ice cream scooper at Baskin Robbins. Audubon is trying so desperately (and unsuccessfully) to position itself as a currently relevant environmental group that it resorts to some really unsavoury practices. For instance, this elitist, lily-white group tries to act like its inclusive by putting a few pics of black kids on its website and hiring a token person here or there....

    I was asked to lie to major donors on a regular basis, when it came to accomplishments, in order to hit them up for yet more money! Upper management plays fast and loose with the facts in this and other regards—facts, schmacts. Huge discrepancy between the way Audubon's 2,768 VPs (OK, only 50 or so) are treated, and the low status afforded lower workers paid by the hour—and at poverty wages at that. Subjected to haranguing from upper management—was yelled at on numerous occasions by supervisor, in clear hearing of others, who was held in both fear and utter contempt by others. Stress seems to emanate from the very top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bow out gracefully. You're obsolete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overpaid and Poor Management

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

    I have been working at Audubon Society as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits and paid time off

    Cons

    Poor Management, Lazy Management, Management, New Management who do not know what they are doing and overpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no job stability at Audubon anymore, so stop giving employees a false sense of security. We all know that you let poor people go making 30 to 40 thousand, while you take their salaries in the interim. Then have the audacity to cry poverty. I have seen you send emails and harass your own employees for money and you already know they are on the chopping block. This is a management with no conscience. They will destroy your life, your pension and take away your health insurance as well so it can go into the pockets of the Chief Operating Office, the President, The Controller just to name a few. The same thing with other states. People please don't let them make you feel guilty. Do not donate to Audubon. It's a scam.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This Company is all about Asset Accumulation and little more

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    Current Employee - Tenant
    Current Employee - Tenant

    I have been working at Audubon Society as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Little time to achieve goals and not much money in salary for Directors of satellite Centers...result: burn out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the mission statement and avoid having tenant properties you do not upkeep.
    2.6 million left to the Audubon Society in 2001 by Edith L. Leopold in Ct. PLUS a 1750 Historical Colonial that she kept in excellent repair on 1.3 acres and 43 acres for a Sanctuary. 13 years later: once a year mowing on one field in Sanctuary, sign installed with nothing on it, no trails, no maintenance. House has severe mold problem inside and mold on exterior clapboard. Recent tenant updated some electrical and other repairs to make liveable, out of pocket, and cleaned up neglected grounds. No reimbursement...reason Audubon Society has given for neglect... No money Go figure.
    I would recommend Society does not have tenant properties and that the money they are donated goes towards fulfilling it's mission statement ONLY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Racists and lazy

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    Current Employee - Slave in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Slave in New York, NY

    I have been working at Audubon Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Weekends off. Common area for lunch. AC

    Cons

    Everyone dumps their work on new people. Horrible dental plan. Lots of favoritism for brown noses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please straighten your acts up before any of this is reported. Open your eyes to the hard workers and clean this place up. Maybe there's a reason for the revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Policy Intern

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    Current Employee - Policy Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Policy Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Audubon Society as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small highly passionate staff, extremely knowledgeable hard-working and great people to learn from. Also, outgoing welcoming and willing to teach interns.

    Cons

    Not many. The team is extremely busy so if you are not diligent you can get less management/experience then some might like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Start a New Trend in America

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Audubon Society

    Pros

    Preservation and education for conservation of natural resources are very noble commitments.

    Cons

    Disrespect for the teaching profession, especially in contrast to other staff members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You pay Web Designers more than $60k. Educators get $10.00/hour. Not only are the educators not salaried, they are also paid at the poverty level. Isn't preservation and education important to your organization? Education is the key. Start a new trend in America. Show respect to the staff members who work very hard indoors and out, in all weather, must work after hours to plan lessons and are imperative to taking preservation into the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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