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Great people, terrible management in development/fundraising

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bronx, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Fantastic cause to work for, love their international work

Cons

Poor upper management, little oppty for advancement

Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Love the mission - but you won't stay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society

    Pros

    This organization has an admirable mission and does fantastic work. It has been around for more than one hundred years (it was formerly known as the New York Zoological Society or NYZS). WCS is in a relatively stable financial position and will not go "belly up" the next time its endowment takes a hit - so your position is probably safe unless the stock market repeats its 2008 fall.

    As a full-time employee, your benefits will be excellent. The health insurance is fantastic, the vacation, sick, and holiday time are generous, and you get access to the CIRS retirement plan - which means that when you leave, if you go to another CIRS organization the 401k and other related benefits go with you.

    To a certain extent, you will receive the psychic benefit of working for a good cause. If you work on-site, you'll be able to visit the zoo or aquarium animals during your lunch break and will work in surprisingly beautiful surroundings.

    Having WCS on your resume is a plus because it's such a large, mature, and well-respected organization. If you are talented at picking up new skills on your own, you will gain valuable experience for the next step in your career.

    Cons

    These cons are necessarily specific to a department that has pervasive problems: Global Resources (the fundraising/development department). In fact, if you ask about this department in the fundraising/development circle, you will hear about some of its more infamous incidents.

    You will benefit from having WCS on your resume. What you will not benefit from, in all likelihood, is any kind of on the job training. New employees are expected to flounder their way along until they figure out how to use the donor database and other necessary hardware and software. It will probably take a few months to figure out who reports to who outside of the department, and in particular "who's the assistant for that VP?" An employee handbook has been in the works for quite some time now.

    Morale tends to be extremely low, which shows in the exceptionally high turnover. The department often has upwards of 6 open positions, some of which have been vacant for months as the hiring process is often quite slow. While there is room for upward movement, it is usually among those employees who are already mid-level within the department.

    Promotions tend to be non-transparent and inconsistent; while some employees receive them with no apparent effort or increase in workload, others are given specific tasks to accomplish...and then the run-around for months until they tire of the process and leave for another department or another organization altogether.

    Professionalism and respect are both spotty; many employees receive little indication that they are valued for anything other than the particular task they are performing. For the most part, your time and effort are not particularly important to anyone but yourself, and unless you fit into the "easy promotion" category mentioned above, extra effort won't mean much for your salary, either. If you are VERY lucky, your supervisor might actually fight for you and help you develop your potential.

    Transparency and communication are huge issues. The department has a problem with both intra- and inter-departmental communication, such that employees tend to hear important pieces of information through the grapevine. Department executives have trouble making decisions in a timely manner, so much so that they at times seem paralyzed for months by the thought of making the wrong decision.

    Last, but not least: you will be underpaid, unless you're close to the top of the "food chain". Then you will be generously compensated for your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your mistakes: this department makes the same mistake over and over again, without ever taking real steps to remedy the situation for next time. Your employees are leaving you in droves, surely there's a reason and a remedy.

    Be transparent: a little communication goes a long way.

    Train your managers and correct them when necessary: the capability of the department's mid-level managers is really very inconsistent. Some will, as mentioned above, fight for their employees. Others will treat their underlings so poorly that your other employees will comment.

    Be decisive: I get it. It's hard to make a fast decision when so much is riding on it. But paralysis only breeds discontent and a lack of confidence among the people you supervise.

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

    Love the institution for what we do

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society

    Pros

    If you love animals and great people, this is the place to be. The management sucks.

    Cons

    Upper management sucks. They never talk to the people that work in a certain building or animal. Most are only out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you would like to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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