Conservation International

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Great Place & Great Colleagues - NGO norms

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Former Employee - Finance in Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Finance in Arlington, VA

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

Pros

CI has great, smart people who are passionate about conservation and make a difference for the earth and people living on it.

Cons

CI, like most NGO's was on a continually changing road. Change is necessary and normal; this felt excessive.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A higher degree of development of employees technical skills would be helpful

Recommends
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look for another place to work or if you get an offer there and take it... do not stop your job search!

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting global projects, some cool trips to field projects, huge organization so you "could" meet a lot of people (however CI is not a friendly environment). They have conferences at lunch time "brown-bags" where you could learn about different topics. CI looks good on your resume for future job search. Money? some salaries at the middle level are good, higher level are great. Nice green offices, casual dress code everyday, flexible hours, easy commute, very few happy-hours (those are so boring, so this is definitively a pro), some other perks like showers if you bike to work, etc.

    Cons

    Frequent massive reorganizations accompanied by lack of transparency, clarity and communication, excessive pressure to adapt and re-adapt under lack of vision and stability... you have to play nice, don't show that you are questioning company's (Peter & friends) decisions. Excessive layoffs based on "market conditions"- high level prostitution for green washing. A lot of turnover... also because brilliant people quit, i.e. look at how many jobs are posted considering the company is not growing. It is not growing! there is a lot of struggle to: get funding, keep good employees, redefining strengths/priorities and approaches, huge struggle to resolve executives rivalries, keep corporate image, manage field offices, etc. In the chaos of layoffs and quitting, many got promoted to higher management positions and 90% of current leadership team lacks basic management (and human) qualities. So much money goes to few pockets... go to the website and count the amount of Vice Presidents for the same departments or similar areas. It's a shark place!! others steal your ideas, so they can present them to the CEO and his inner circle... if you have something good be careful, copyright it, no kidding! I saw many ideas, documents stolen and the original author's name never got to Peter's ears. Why is this important? because same colleges compete/fight for protects/funding/professional recognition. CI is not a place to collaborate, but to survive. How to survive: act very polite, artificially smile- zombie like, never say hi (no body cares), go to all meetings and show how much you are working, reply emails at odd hours so they see you are a slave, praise your immediate boss... everybody is having a hard time there and morale is low, so even though your immediate boss could act like a dumb, he/she is also being bullied from high up. Sadly, CI used to be a great BINGO (Big Int. NGO), but it is very well-know among the rest of NGOs in D.C. that CI is not a good place to work anymore.
    So why the CEO, Peter S. has such a good rating? because he is a great businessman, knows how to play the game inside and out, very charismatic, and a fantastic public speaker.... there is a lot of brainwashing at the all-staff meetings and Peter is the orchestra director "CI is the best, we are the global leaders, we are the cream of the crop, etc"... "subtle" messages from him and the executives, and if you don't have a high power job or are new at the job, you may just see that side, believe it, and well, ignorance is a bliss. If you are high on the ladder, you know, Peter choose people that follow him and he can manipulate into what he wants/thinks, you become a marionette, you really have to follow the doctrine, but if you can't do that... well, you will become miserable working there, many are very aware of that and believe me everybody is looking for a better job while they are there.

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    You know what to do. I could write a book in this section, but higher management is probably not aware of this website... some even don't know how to solve basic computer/email problems, so I am not expecting them to keep up with technology and websites like this. I am writing, hopefully, to help some of the new people that are exploring a job at CI.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Fast pace environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Changing the world for the future.

    Cons

    None at this time, it's a constantly evolving environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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