NatureServe Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Full Stack Java/JavaScript Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NatureServe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, 35 hour work week, collaborative environment, work on products used across most of the United States and Canada, laid-back atmosphere, people passionate about their work

    Cons

    Salary is on the mid-end. Cost of living increases, but no bonuses or performance incentives. Limited development team means everyone has to cross-train a bit. Legacy projects can be a bit painful to wade through. Budgeting of some projects can be tight, leading to having to try and squeeze out a lot of work in a short time

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes there are too many projects for the number of people and they are split too many different directions. Better focusing efforts on particular projects in stretches would be nice sometimes, but budget doesn't always stretch for that. Better padding of estimates for eventualities would be good too, as would better handling of feature creep when requests come in that aren't strictly necessary.


  2. Conservation organisation with bright, wonderful and dedicated people

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    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NatureServe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have a great mission that they are effective in fulfilling. The people are both capable and kind. It is the kind of place where almost as many people celebrate their >15 year anniversaries as 1st.

    Cons

    As a non-profit the organization has focused greatly on their mission, but has not always been successful at ensuring they are able to compensate staff at an adequate level. They do make up for this somewhat with a good benefits package and plenty of flexibility in the work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people as much as your mission. They are the ones that make you successful.


  3. Great organization, with top notch people doing important work.

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NatureServe

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting, diverse work that clearly contributes to a unique and important mission. Committed employees and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low compensation. Inadequate resources to complete work as scoped sometimes leads to a stressful work environment.


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  5. Amazing organization with potential to do much more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NatureServe

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

    Pros

    My favorite thing about working here is the extremely high level of thoughtfulness of the staff. And by "thoughtfulness," I don't just mean they are "considerate;" I mean, each person really puts a lot of thought into everything they do. The staff show up and give 100%. They all really think through changes, give a lot of thought to how to best achieve goals, and very carefully and articulately lay out the plans and strategies they execute. They people here are incredibly smart. The role NatureServe plays in conservation is critically important and more and more people in the conservation community are starting to realize it.

    Cons

    This is starting to change, but some of the conservation community does not appreciate how much time, effort, and money it takes to deliver the information provided by NatureServe. Because much of the information is provided for free, people take for granted that it will be there, and think somebody else should pay for it.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working to show the value of NatureServe to new audiences.


  6. Nobel mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NatureServe full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The organization and staff are mission oriented, and the mission is a good one - connect science with conservation

    Cons

    Times are tight. Little community support for the nitty gritty of collecting and maintaining data

    Advice to Management

    Develop a convincing argument for why this work needs to be supported.


  7. Mission-driven, resource-scarce

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NatureServe

    Pros

    Unique B2B nonprofit with potential to do much to advance its mission to provide the scientific basis for biodiversity conservation.

    Cons

    Underappreciated and strapped for resources, in part because of the difficulties in overhauling a quirky business model inherited from its initial role as a scientific support center for the Nature Conservancy.

    Advice to Management

    Counting staff hours month-to-month is no way to run a business



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