Defenders of Wildlife

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Defenders of Wildlife Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, but save the world with meetings

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good people, especially the field staff I worked with, and people are committed to the mission. I had a fantastic boss in the field conservation program. I learned a lot about the issues and was given lots of opportunities to learn, take on responsibilities, travel (due to my job duties). I was given credit for my work in a very positive way.

    Cons

    A decent amount of inefficiency and sluggishness at HQ. Save the world "one meeting at a time." I heard some complaints about politics "up high" in the organization but didn't experience them directly. I expected more camaraderie in DC but sometimes it felt lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency about some of the tough staffing decisions that were made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Save your energy and work somewhere else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people seemed nice but sad to say that's about it.

    Cons

    Where do I start:

    High turnover rate
    Inconsistent management
    Office culture mundane and not very interactive
    People didn't seem very enthusiastic to be working for such a noble cause
    Bad people skills from a lot of upper management
    Finance department is non existent
    For such a small organization I found the people to think they were working for a the World Wildlife Fund when in fact it gets small donations and doesn't really recognize like they should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire an external consultant to revaluate your organization. Really needs a facelift in every department and maybe in the organization as a whole

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A place with some great people and noble purpose but that has lost its way in terms of fighting for wildlife.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The organization has a strong purpose and especially its state offices know how to make great judgments about the next big things in activism.

    Cons

    micromanagement is an impediment to technology and online work that can revolutionize this business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unhappy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Solid benefits for a small nonprofit. Great location in downtown DC. Decent 9 - 5 job with friendly staff.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth or opportunity. This isn't a great environment for those who are interested in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know your staff and be more in the loop with what's going on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    wildfire

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wildlife is at your doorstep with visits from SeaWorld Busch Gardens rescue animals and lectures from scientists.

    Cons

    The core values conflict with messaging the membership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Just go work for Sierra Club. You'll like it a lot better."

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    Former Employee - Finance Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Finance Coordinator in Washington, DC

    Pros

    if you are in programs or science, but even then they misappropriate their funds

    Cons

    mean people, bad managers, 2 to 1 manager to laborer ratio, high turnover rate, incompetent employees. most people at Defenders are just waiting to find a better job in the same field at WWF, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, or some other environmental or conservation non-profit. the membership and development departments are totally over inflated, administration is terrible, financial statements are shady and some are outright lies. the president is out of touch and needs to retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expand maternity leave, trust your employees until you have reason not to, do not condescend to laborers, lower your salary

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

    Great organization with skilled management, but advancement is difficult.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Defenders of Wildlife offers decent compensation and a generous employee benefit plan,

    Cons

    Mobility within the organization is limited. Staff in field offices have second-class status compared to staff in the D.C. headquarters.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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