National Wildlife Federation

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National Wildlife Federation Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
20 Reviews
3.3
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Wildlife Federation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great career development opportunities, inspiring people to work with, get to work on a lot of different projects, meaningful work

    Cons

    Very low pay for living in an expensive city, management lacks skills in managing people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A time of transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I have been working at National Wildlife Federation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, great benefits, moving in the right direction. A lot of employees telecommute at least one day a week and the organization provides generous time off benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of change going on as the organization adjusts its strategic priorities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    In Transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Wildlife Federation (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great cause and some really good people. Top rate magazines and education team.

    Cons

    Lacked clear direction and leadership. Constantly in flux.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Narrow your focus to "own" something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of beaurocracy and people on their non-profit high-horses.

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    Current Employee - Outreach Coordinator in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Outreach Coordinator in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at National Wildlife Federation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great time off and Decent salary. Also recognizes domestic partnerships. Some good folks on board.

    Cons

    Lots of egomaniacs and loads of red tape to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees. Don't micromanage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great mission, some nice people, bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation

    Pros

    casual work environment
    flexible teleworking policy and good PTO
    some really amazing people work there (or used to)

    Cons

    no training for new hires
    no room for growth
    extremely weak, top-heavy management
    no communication between departments
    no transparency from upper management
    tense work environment with yearly waves of huge layoffs
    disorganized and confused programming
    the company consistently spends more money than it brings in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great staff, great benefits, bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Reston, VA

    I have been working at National Wildlife Federation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, dedicated staff with great work-life balance and benefits. Open work environment with lots of team collaboration. Near the bike trail & backs to park with beautiful wildlife setting in Reston.

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement, addiitonal training and limited work between departments. Major leadership/senior staff issues in leading staff. Morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on creating opportunities for staff to work together, learn from each other, & build opportunities for the organization. Work with mid-level staff to build team morale and restart cross department teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great career prep, but some tough challenges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation

    Pros

    NWF staff are passionate and dedicated. They are doing novel work in climate adaptation, connecting kids with nature, and working with indigenous peoples. Benefits are good (above-average) and they are open to teleworking.

    Cons

    Compared to similar organizations, salaries are low and training opportunities are limited. It is difficult to advance in the organization and sometimes challenging to try to collaborate with other departments.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven organization to inspire American's to protect wildlife for our future children. Smart, fun and engaging people who are passionate about their work and who want to make a difference. Good education programs connecting people with nature.

    Cons

    Too many silos, lack of transparency and communication among departments. Lack of leadership, long term planning and accountability. Need to build up operating reserve as have been dependent on accessing endowment funds to meet organizational needs. Cash flow stress has forced them to make expensive short-term decisions with little or no analysis resulting in limited resources to continue delivering on important and impactful conservation programs. Staff overworked and undervalued, little to no recognition of their hard excellent work. HR department is practically invisible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up senior management, cut loose the long time employees who have no vision, who have not been accountable and who are not contributing to the mission. Address the cash flow problem, develop good project management and know the difference between resource loading and resource leveling, use this knowledge to better understand the budgeting process, grant and program development and implementation. Support staff through a regular review process and invest in staff with feedback to help in increasing morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation

    Pros

    Best place in world to work

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong mission but weak senior leadership

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Contributing to protection of the environment. Relaxed work environment (at least in my former office group). Good work relationships with immediate colleagues in my work group.

    Cons

    I was a mid-level manager at NWF for several years and thereby experienced many changes (good and bad) both in my immediate work group and organizationally. In recent times, a few rounds of layoffs occurred due to financial difficulties which I believe could have been avoided had the impending struggles been dealt with at a much earlier time.

    One common thread with NWF and perhaps with some nonprofits in general is a lack of accountability and responsibility for things happening--or not happening as the case may be. I have witnessed time and time again at NWF a lack of mentoring and benchmarks set down for a subordinate employee to meet, and ultimately that person flounders. Along with this is a lack of repercussions to the supervising manager (which are necessary if this person is to properly learn to be a solid supervisor and leader). It's "status quo" and nothing is learned on either side. I directly witnessed this at all levels of management.

    I don't believe real change can occur at this point with this organization until a real and significant leadership change occurs. The direction of this organization, its longevity and its health cannot be measured until a time where this has happened. Many people, good people, have left the organization who weren't affected by all of the layoffs. This is indicative of the struggle and pains this organization is going through now.

    The goals are solid but the leadership and management as it has been, is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A regime change is needed with new senior leadership and new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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