Conservation International

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Updated July 2, 2015
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Conservation International Chairman and CEO Peter A. Seligmann
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  1. Communications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conservation International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are dedicated, smart and energetic.

    Cons

    Everybody has to spend a lot of time fund-raising, so that becomes a big part of the job--as well as a feeling of insecurity. Top management is male-heavy.


  2. Anonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed and casual work environment.

    Cons

    Top level management lacks the ability to set strategy and communicate it. With constantly changing priorities and structure and high turnover it is almost impossible to push through any initiatives or projects or to get anything done. Those who were hired to lead divisions are rarely present and in most cases they are far distanced from the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your job descriptions and fix your mission statement.


  3. Beware : terrible NGO to work for !

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Conservation International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting travels, good salary package but BEWARE ! I was fooled into taking up the job only to discover after accepting it that this NGO had no actual means of paying me

    Cons

    Do not be fooled by the salary package if offered a job in this NGO : this is the worst organization ever I have had to work with. Poor senior management, no leadership, no vision and direction, constant restructuring and lay-offs, lack of funding, clear green washing NGO (Monsanto funding, Northrop Grumman Corporation, etc.), management by terror, legal and fraud cases, sect-type of organization, narcissic CEO and executive management, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Retire or close down your organization : other NGO in conservation are doing a much better job than you.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Great staff, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Conservation International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Conservation International has an excellent global staff who works every day to make the world a better place to live. Benefits are good. Also, there are lots of opportunities for learning if you build the right network within the organization. For some positions, there are lots of opportunities for travel around the world.

    Cons

    The organization is poorly managed and very unstable. There was a change in the senior leadership by the end of 2014, making the organization worst than ever. There is a huge gap between HQ and Field that was widened because of the new leadership. Resources are scarce and staff turnover is very high in US. Promotions are ad hoc and do not follow a very consistent process. Staff morale is low and people are very afraid about the future. I have heard that some of the best staff have just left the organization and that several others key staff members are looking for jobs elsewhere. In summary, because the organization seems to be in permanent transition, I am very sad to say that Conservation International is certainly not a good place to work under the current leadership.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to retire. Current top leadership needs to be replaced before it is too late. Mid-level staff needs to be empowered.


  6. Helpful (2)

    A great place to gain knowledge than move on

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conservation International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits. Flexible hours and schedule for some.

    Cons

    People won't speak to you. Senior staff barely even glance at you. Your supervisor will probably have no clue on how to delegate work to you without micro managing the heck out of the entire process. Which leaves no room for success. Emails emails emails! You can get a thousand emails from someone telling you to do something that you have never met. The process for reviews is a joke because there's no accountability when it comes to the higher level staff. There are tons of staff with under 5 years that are fed up with not having a voice. Every idea for innovation will be shut down and shredded to pieces. You might as well cover your mouth with duck tape.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate older staff. Anyone with 10-15 years plus under there belt should be cross trained to move on to another department. This way they are also being taken out of their elements to keep from running away newer staff with their I've been here......many years speeches. Help other departments reach their goals. It's one big organization but each division is solely responsible for on their own budgets with little help or guidance from above when in trouble.


  7. Helpful (3)

    HR is never out of business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Conservation International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Women, who wants to have a child, get hired, have a baby, and then run away! Take advantage of their good maternity leave! But you have to leave soon afterwords because the stressful work environment will be detrimental to your health and happiness of your family!!!! Run!!!!
    It's actually really dangerous to work there; HR department works against you and takes advantage of your honest feedback. There's a lot of Friday, 3pm meetings after which you never see your co-workers again!
    Stay away!!!! The company is getting a really bed reputation and it deserves it!!!!

    Cons

    Everybody there is a strong supporter of the cause which makes it tolerable to go to work. It makes for good camaraderie in bed times, which are plenty. Senior staff is constantly restructuring and changing organization, hiring new people and firing those who actually contributed and helped develop the org. to a new level. They do not recognize talent, rather they make decisions in a spur of a moment based on recommendations by famous and influential outsiders (the have Hollywood connections and they think marketing, not science, is holy grail!).

    Advice to Management

    Stop living in clouds and think of yourselves as omnipotent gods! It's childish!, to say the least!


  8. Great place to work when both principals were in the game.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Conservation International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of learning experiences, ability to choose projects of interest.

    Cons

    Too much conflict with 4 partners.

    Advice to Management

    Two principals have to be on the ball, not distracted.


  9. Helpful (2)

    important mission, passionate people, but poor discipline and rotating leaders

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conservation International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    well respected brand in the B2B space, (govts., businesses, science) with a holistic macro view of global conservation challenges; passionate, diverse and smart workforce; inspiring mission

    Cons

    very top heavy; too much work and not enough strategic discipline to stick with and achieve long term goals; frequent mission creep; questionable allocation of resources; fatigued/frustrated work force; goals and achievements too abstract. (highly macro)


  10. Intern: enjoyable environment, very fair hours, solid compensation for a non-profit, smart people

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Conservation International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The feeling of working in a place where people spend their day thinking about making things better is a really fun experience and you get really pumped to produce good work as part of the team. No one is competitive internally, the competition is with getting funding and making the programs successful (although I never really saw this side of things as an HR intern specifically working on web development and data systems). The people are great and everyone seemed to get along. There was a really nice library of resources - an actual room filled with books about conservation etc - and the company floor plan was overall pretty flat. Very few cubicles, most people have nice offices. The pay for a high school intern was exceptionally good and the work experience taught me many useful skills. Overall a company with a really great mission, a great leader in Peter, and a fun work environment.

    Cons

    The main issue was a lack of training, we were given interesting projects to work on and basically thrown problems to solve. I ended up learning a tremendous amount about SharePoint, web development and data analysis as a result but more direction and guidance would have been helpful. All in all few cons, they treated us really well and I had fun.

    Advice to Management

    Enlarge your intern program, I think we did good work and everyone in HR seemed to enjoy having the interns around. Provide opportunities for interns to segway into full-time positions, and most importantly give more training programs for the interns. Overall, the company seems to be headed in the right direction and doing really good work to help save the environment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Blue Chip NGO, but lots of internal upheaval

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conservation International full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated coworkers. Beautiful working space.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Young ambitious staff can only go so far internally. Work on slowing the high turnover rates.



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