Central Park Conservancy Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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  1. Beautiful Park

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

    I worked at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful setting, work makes a difference to all New Yorkers and visitors

    Cons

    Management is aloof. While many individual managers are more than competent, upper management is disconnected from the every day experiences of their employers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great staff, pretty park, hard to communicate with management

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

    I worked at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really beautiful place to go to work everyday. The other workers are great people. It is hard work but you get to see the product of your work in good ways.

    Cons

    HR is inefficient and frustrating. Management is uncommunicative and does not ask for suggestions to improve morale, efficiency, or work conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to staff or asking staff for input. Without feeling threatened.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great staff.

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in New York, NY

    I worked at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I wish I never left. The staff and management are top notch. Great people and a great place.

    Cons

    Pay was slightly less than average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do so well at managing, I couldn't possible give them advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    A Gardener`s View

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    Current Employee - Zone Gardener in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Zone Gardener in New York, NY

    I have been working at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There is a great diversity of plants. Supportive co-workers.

    Cons

    Management does not know much about horticulture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Old Fashioned Organization / Terrible Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Transitchek
    - Free coffee
    - Good work environment if you are in the right department

    Cons

    - No recognition of your hard work.
    - Very political, you have to get lucky with a good team to move up vertically.
    - Low salary. No room for growth.
    - People doesn't have real challenges. No motivation at all.
    - Poor management. Lack of PM in projects, low quality results, inconsistent campaigns, and that's fine for them, nobody cares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider paying people based on current work production and not past. Unfortunately, some managers are incredibly lazy and they don't give a damn about projects. Reward to the real hard working employees, usually they are undervalued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    The Worst Ever

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

    I worked at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    it's nice to work for a good cause and feel like a part of New York and Central Park. the benefits and retirement package are good.

    Cons

    the management is absolutely horrendous. they go out of their way to demoralize employees and they don't value talent or dedication. its all politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your heads out of your butts and realize you lose all your best people because you treat them so badly!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent organization

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

    I have been working at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The quality of the park says it all. The field staff is skilled, dedicated and very proud of their work and it shows. From my perspective, all tiers of management are dedicated to one singular goal: providing the park patron with the best park in the world. As a team, we all succeed. Outstanding benefits package, very fair and competitive compensation, opportunity for advancement,supportive management and cooperative co workers make for a great work environment.

    Cons

    The sheer volume of people creates a challenging work environment but....if it wasn't challenging, it would be boring
    Occasionally a few (very few) malcontents infiltrate the organization. The kind that can stand back and admire their excellently pruned redbud while ignoring the rubber glove on the ground or the garbage can askew.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting from within and Keep doing exactly what you are doing, it's working!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Horticulture comes in second place.

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    Current Employee - Field Staff
    Current Employee - Field Staff

    I have been working at Central Park Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    It's a beautiful park and you get to talk to a lot of really interesting people on a daily basis. Coworkers are cool people. There is a lot of diversity in the field staff. They are okay at giving you opportunities to learn extra things from trainings given at work and sometimes outside of work. Some people here really care about the actual gardening and horticulture work.

    Cons

    the management (directors and chief) over the field based workers are not very knowledgeable. They have been at the park for so long they just got promoted into higher positions. so the people in charge of horticulture aren't actually qualified to really run the park's horticulture program very well. they focus on the operations part of management more than gardening techniques. (why didn't you pick up that glove, why is that trash can out of alignment).
    you can't suggest alternative ways to do things that you think will get you a well thought out answer because they: a. don't know or are too lazy to answer it well, or b. don't care to know the best way because it wasn't their idea. bottom line is that these managers will frustrate you if you want to truly do your job well. instead of looking for the good, they live to pick out the bad and then it slows everything thing down because they don't know what they are looking for, they are not qualified enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication. Less tunnel vision. Maybe get some training yourselves so you know what you are talking or can understand your employees when when you try to manage them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

    Management is rigid and sneaky.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The staff is absolutely amazing. The level of camaraderie is truly special. Being able to work in a big green space everyday in the middle of Manhattan is incredible. Contributing to such a historic landmark and attraction does give a huge amount of job and personal satisfaction.

    Cons

    Unfortunately for such an amazing natural setting to work in, the work environment can be hostile. This is a place that has the inner circle mentality down to a tee. Most of the management, directors and above, have been here for a very long time. A great signal for growth, but in this case it just means that many of these people do not adapt to change very easily. It's really tough to get a new idea across.
    The management style here can be one of derision, giving directives to lean on/pick on staff until they leave, and racist/sexist comments (overheard in closed door meetings). This is not exactly what you would call an approachable management staff. It's actually frightening to think there is little to no accountability for management.
    The phrase "cover your ass" should be your password, daily mantra, and tattooed to your face for a nice daily reminder to watch you back here. I speak mostly from experience in the Operations department. So if you are seeking position in the field (grounds tech, zone gardener, foreman, coordinator, etc) I would thinking twice about it unless you just want to put in your 1 or 2 years for a resume builder and then move on. Do not come here if you seek professional growth.
    I have seen a lot of very intelligent, extremely devoted employees leave because they were either run out or they were exhausted from being beaten back and beaten down. You can get a more enriching experience for the low pay elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking a look at the turnover and the valuable staff that left. Then take a look at the management above those employees. This is a board of directors/senior VP/president task because it is mostly middle management that is the problem.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Fantastic place to work!

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

    I have been working at Central Park Conservancy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits - healthcare, retirement, time off, etc. Pretty good salary for a nonprofit. Fantastic people, and you're doing important work.

    Cons

    Salary is still a bit less than private sector. Somewhat glacial pace of change, which can be frustrating for someone like me who works in technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would behoove the organization to spend more time looking at where fundraising sources will be in 5-10-20 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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