The Nature Conservancy Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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The Nature Conservancy President and CEO Mark R. Tercek
Mark R. Tercek
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Pros
  • The people care; the work-life balance is good; it's a good organization with a sterllng reputation (in 10 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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  1. A rewarding experience working with a talented team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated, mission-driven co-workers
    Competitive pay and benefits for nonprofits
    Supportive environment for work-life balance
    Generous benefits - retirement match is up 8% of salary
    Rewarding work - you're saving the world!

    Cons

    Lack of diversity and support for advancement among women and minorities; they may say they will work towards changing it by creating internal groups etc. but they haven't done much in terms of actual hires. The senior program leaders in the main office were all white men and the state office was primarily men.

    Career growth within the organization could be better supported.

    Strong emphasis on hiring Ivy-league individuals. While recruiting highly educated staff is important, it only furthers the issues and real cultural divides between having a staff of elite, primarily white or privileged staff vs. achieving the conservation goals among less affluent/educated/privileged people.

    Internal politics is a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you demonstrate real change in your actions (e.g., hiring diverse staff in leadership positions) then all the claims about "support diversity and women in science" is all fluff.

    There is merit in hiring non-Ivy educated individuals. It often helps appeal to certain groups or new avenues for common ground (e.g., ag school graduate can help identify with a farmer)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Operations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission, Financial stability, collaborative, pragmatic, effective

    Cons

    politics, pay, benefits so-so, can't think of anything else

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great mission. Disappointing culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Smart, committed co-workers. Impress your friends and neighbors with a well-known name. Generally good opportunities for career growth and professional development.

    Cons

    Frequently changing (and sometimes confused) management priorities. Culture of over-commitment leads to burnout. Heavy-handed HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go outside the "in-group" for ideas. Process isn't just a check box, it's crucial to developing an effective team.

    Positive Outlook
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  5. I love it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    Mission Driven Environment
    Easy to get to via Metro
    Recently remodeled

    Cons

    Unstable work environment
    Friendly co-workers
    Fun job

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great staff, interesting work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    Staff community, access to new projects, accessible management

    Cons

    Nothing specific to report, overall a positive experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Good cause, diffuse and cloudy execution of mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, on the whole.
    Good flexibility for telecommuting

    Cons

    Bureaucratic brains would be more at home in government.
    Wants to be nimble but isn't.
    Cloudy focus as organization struggles through identity crisis
    Organization's carbon footprint due to unnecessary travel must be enormous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop trying so hard to work like a hedge fund.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Mission. Insipid culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    Does fantastic work.

    Cons

    Lots of people who have worked there for 20 years and are not in touch with the pace of the world today/

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Marketing Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    1. Free lunch for China office
    2. You can work from home if you need

    Cons

    1. The pace is slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy

    Pros

    Incredibly passionate, qualified, and intelligent co-workers. The work is very satisfying; TNC is a large enough organization to be able to effect it's own change on the environment. Maybe I got lucky with a great boss, but I found TNC have many opportunities for upward mobility.

    Cons

    TNC is transitioning to be a global company. This causes a bit of ambiguity in the evolving structure, such as who is in charge of what. I also find that many senior managers are overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more young staff to join the organization by helping out with grad school expenses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. I love TNC

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone working for TNC is extremely intelligent and it was wonderful to talk to everyone. They also always had someone for me to call if I had questions.

    Cons

    It would be hard for me to ever work for them again and that's unfortunate, but a trade off to a good company. Also, I had benefts as a temp-employee that would not actually work unless I was employed over a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really have any advice since I didn't work at TNC long enough.

    Recommends

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