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Do not be fooled -- Bait & Switch: Not Worth It

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The idea you will help the world, animals, make a "difference" in some small way. Think again.

Cons

Just not worth it! You will be taken advantage of and treated poorly as shown by others here at Glassdoor.com & similar sites. People are disposable and not even "recyclable".

Advice to Management

Do not make promises you cannot (or intend not) to keep. That is just plain hurtful in every aspect to your new employee. There is a reason why on employee contract that says "You can be terminated at any time." Are bells going off? The facade of caring for conservation and wildlife does not -- in any way, shape or form, -- translate to caring for, treatment or fairness of employees. Maybe even legally. Those who have been there for two decades or more have a reserved spot but their spots are shaking, too, by arrogance. The rest of the "lowers" are food for a crow (or the Birds of Prey). Future employees and desperate people looking for a job -- ANY job -- there is a distinct possibility that working for WCS will only ruin your self-esteem and time. Think before you decide upon an interview. Do your research. Read what other people say on this site and others before you decide to between WCS and an organization with a much better record for treating employees right. And if you have advanced degrees..........do not be seduced by the idealism of helping the plant. Your efforts will in no way save the world (nor yourself). Find a more reputable organization with proof of "fair play" to spend your energy and time.

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  1. Fantastic workplace for passionate people

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    Former Employee - Development Associate in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Bronx, NY

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

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

    Pros

    WCS is a reputable organization when it comes to wildlife conservation, and it is well-respected in the field. The organization is full of passionate people who truly care about the mission. The headquarters are in the middle of the Bronx Zoo, which is pretty awesome.

    Cons

    Because of the structured hierarchy, it can be difficult and time-consuming to move up and grow. It also highly depends on the type of manager that you have.

    Advice to Management

    Like most reviews, I would say that it is important to create growth and professional development opportunities for the lower-end employees in order to ensure career fulfillment, retention and good morale.


  2. Seasonal Retail

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Retail Employee in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Seasonal Retail Employee in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working retail at the Bronx Zoo was fun and challenging for a summer job. Luckily, I had a great supervisor who taught me how to do the job duties well and great co-workers. It was very team oriented and you must hold your own weight. However, penalties for breaking rules can be very harsh and there isn't much room for error. I would advise working in retail if you can count well, have good team skills, can mentor and train others as well as manage different tasks.

    Cons

    - Minimum Wage - Little wiggle room in terms of choosing what days you wanted to work - Upper management use of quota can cause negative attitudes among employees (a store can be scolded if it did not sell to many items, sometimes its not the employees fault but lack of sales can be caused due to bad weather, location of the store within the park, etc.) - Some locations do not have A/C. Expect to work out in the open, possibly in the sun for part of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees to see what customers like and what they do not like. Sometimes, there is an overstock of a particular item that isn't selling. Also, I would recommend a special training program regarding how to make a pitch for a sale, proper housekeeping (like checking the stockroom and taking inventory) as well as ethics.


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