The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
78 Reviews
3.9
78 Reviews
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The Nature Conservancy President and CEO Mark R. Tercek
Mark R. Tercek
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people care; the work-life balance is good; it's a good organization with a sterllng reputation (in 9 reviews)

  • Great company, great benefits, honest work that is for the greater good of people and nature (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Non-profit salary (not good), hard to advance unless someone leaves the company (in 9 reviews)

  • Although the company engourages it the employees need more work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Work with nice people for a great cause.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great staff, amazing cause and changes made, training is good, and very experienced staff. I have enjoyed working with everyone I've encountered over the past 10 years in all areas of the organization not just the one I work in. Everyone who works at TNC is dedicated and passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to move up within the organization. Recent changes have made it a bit more of an unstable working environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    field technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, good environment among peers and commitment with the restoration of the nature.

    Cons

    depends of the weather to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great organization!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    Wonderful mission.
    Great people.
    Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    None come to mind at present time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

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  5.  

    Good working environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    The Local office has great managers.

    Cons

    The location is isolated and far from towns.

  6.  

    The atmosphere here at The Nature Conservancy is great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    - Really laid back management
     - Flexible work arrangements
     - Noble cause
    - Open minded to change

    Cons

    -A lot of the co workers are spread out and its hard to have a team environment
    -Non profit = low pay
    -Some workers have a sense of complacency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work with passionate people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    Value based industry. Work-life balance is great.

    Cons

    Very competitive to remain full time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    High turnover;

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    Former Employee - Donor Relations Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Donor Relations Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fundraisers have the opportunity to get "out the door" often to build relationships with donors
    Salaries high relative to smaller non-profits
    High level of agency and ownership

    Cons

    Competition between chapters for philanthropy
    High turnover at the leadership level
    Administrative staff (philanthropy, marketing, etc.) are disconnected from the mission and often experience tension with conservation staff
    Philanthropic priorities unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must proactively decide if they want philanthropy professionals with experience in conservation/science or experience in fundraising, as the combination is rare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job but some serious structural problems

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    My work is a lot of fun - sometimes I can't believe they pay me to do it.
    A lot of good dedicated people to work with.
    In my case, flexible schedule

    Cons

    As others have said, avenues for professional development/advancement depend entirely on your manager. Science is the most fun job, but has the least potential for advancement. Ph.D.s are valued and compensated greater than those with greater experience. One of the biggest negatives for employees is that, as you get more years with TNC, you are more likely to get laid off. As the economy cycles, so does TNC, so periodic big layoffs are endemic. In my chapter (state), layoffs are entirely arbitrary. The first to go are those with greater seniority because of their higher salary - I have seen many great workers, with more than 15 years, get laid off - the de facto result is that TNC discriminates against older workers, TNC's mission has changed drastically in the past few years. Where we once were about saving "the last of the best and the best of the rest", we are now about protecting those areas that resonate most with people, rather than those areas with the greatest conservation value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be some kind of oversight of managers to see that they are considering the professional development of those they supervise. Have some people on the boards of trustees who are not rich white millionaires. More clarity is needed in the new paradigm, "whole systems", approach to conservation -- make it clear (or not) that we still protect small places in great need of conservation, where a "whole systems" might be a few thousand or even a few hundred acres. Recognize that TNC is discriminating against older workers, however unintentionally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Valuable opportunities in some field programs; but World Office is an unpleasant place to be.

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    Current Employee - Program Director  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Director in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Relatively good salaries and benefits for the nonprofit sector. Good cause and generally efficiently run organization.

    Cons

    There is great disparity between upper management and "worker bee" salaries. There is a pattern of lay-offs every few years. Despite noble talk about diversity, upper management doesn't really walk the talk. White, Ivy-league males dominate upper management, who are often not held to organizational policies about hiring, posting positions and such--and HR ignores it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The organization as a whole is very positive.

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    Current Employee - Conservation Coordinator
    Current Employee - Conservation Coordinator

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, honest work that is for the greater good of people and nature.

    Cons

    Individual chapters or programs can vary in their treatment of employees. Expect to be doing a lot of grunt work and menial tasks if you are hired for anything except a high level position. Best to get hired in as a director right from the start, otherwise, opportunities for advancement are only possible if you are willing to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let chapter management take advantage of people who are capable and have a lot of promise (and not just the younger generation - recent grads and LEAF interns are sometimes treated better than the staff).
    Pay better as well -- I have a Master's degree and work in an administrative position only making $38K per year. My education and experience are so valuable and no one at my local chapter seems to recognize that and reward me for a job well done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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