Wildlife Conservation Society

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Great cause, terrible work environment

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society

Pros

The WCS' expansive, well developed mission is very commendable. Scientists and researchers out in the field make incredible strides in the effort to save wildlife and wild places, and everyone within the organization seems to know and respect this. While the Bronx Zoo's location is not very convenient for commuters (particularly at night), the Zoo itself is quite beautiful and well maintained.

Cons

As the previous Development employees/reviewers have mentioned, working on the lower-mid rungs of this department can be incredibly demoralizing. The clique-friendly environment that results from such excessively high turnover makes it very easy for "established" employees (many of whom have barely been in the department for a year) to purposely withhold training opportunities and vital assignment details from newer employees. Personally, any attempts made to proactively and professionally ask questions of colleagues during the training period, or make suggestions for streamlined processes, may be met with outright derision, personal attacks and subsequent complaints to your supervisor. The vague and vacillating nature of employees' exact responsibilities in terms of projects and daily tasks contributes to the atmosphere of confusion, fear and hostility.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve training and transparency. I also suggest improving safety measures for employees who must walk through the empty zoo and the streets of the Bronx at night.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, Rewarding Place to Work - if you are willing to make the effort

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    You are working for an important cause. Having an office inside the beautiful Bronx Zoo certainly doesn't hurt either. The people are great and the work is challenging. If you are willing to work hard to define your role, you can make a significant contribution and expand your range of experiences. A self-motivated individual can make things happen.

    The new CEO is already making his presence felt and good things look to be coming out of this. A clearer vision and more precisely defined strategy should give WCS new life.

    Cons

    Direction has been missing at times. The organization is trying to do so many things that some, inevitably, fall through the cracks. The various parts of the organization don't always communicate as well as they might - a bit of a silo mentality exists, but it is getting better.

    It has been somewhat hierarchical and inflexible. Under the new CEO, this looks to change.

    Getting to and from the Bronx, via public transit, can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more inclusive. Break down the silo thinking by getting representatives from different departments talking earlier in a project and more frequently, throughout. Be willing to take risks and break new ground.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Demanding environment where you can learn a lot and great mission.

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    Current Employee - Global Resources/Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Global Resources/Development in New York, NY

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, beautiful work setting, clear goals, and team work is valued. WCS is one of the most influential conservation organizations globally, which makes it an inspiring place to work. I work in the Global Resources/Fundraising area and, while there have been a lot of changes, the energy level is high and the group is doing amazing work on behalf of the broader organization. Dynamic new CEO is a plus.

    Cons

    Need better communication across the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the increased focus on training and boost recognition of strong performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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