The Nature Conservancy Reviews

Updated June 30, 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
  • Not a great salary, but understandable considering it is a non-profit (in 9 reviews)

  • While there are plenty of 9-to-5ers, you have no such luxury in Marketing, where work-life balance is difficult (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Love this place...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers, great mission, flexible work life with business like planning/accountability

    Cons

    Large decentralized organization creates lots of silos.


  2. A accounting clerk/bookkeeper

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for!

    Cons

    i loved everything about this company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    overworked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues - you meet some wonderful people, most are passionate about the cause and conservation in general. All are motivated, hard workers.

    Cons

    No general training or orientation; unclear management lines, goals, and often conflicting daily priorities. Because of this disorganization, one is often overworked with no end in sight, and the confusion can lead to a mistake for which there is no leeway or little forgiveness. Proper training is needed and better communication necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff better, have better dialogs with them, and try not to take advantage of their passion and overwork them.


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  5. Global Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The Nature Conservancy values it's employees and encourages individual professional development. Many people working here are experts in their field. Only the brightest get hired.

    Cons

    There isn't much room for upward mobility for young staff members. People love working for the Conservancy and they stay in their positions for the long haul. In order to move up, you have to leave and hope a position is open when you're ready to return.

    Advice to Management

    Ask the coordinators and members of the YEP group for advice. Fresh ideas are often needed and the cadre of individuals that have been around often don't have the knowledge of younger generations needed to not have a dying donor base. The organization needs to be younger in order to attract younger donors.


  6. Director/Designer

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    Former Employee - Director/Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director/Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Creative and committed group to nature preservation

    Cons

    none that I experienced while there

    Advice to Management

    keep up the important work


  7. Helpful (3)

    A rewarding experience working with a talented team

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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)


  8. Helpful (6)

    Great place to work until, it isn't. It's mostly a game of smoke and mirrors that exploits conservationists and donors.

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    Former Employee - Preserve Manager
    Former Employee - Preserve Manager

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working to promote conservation, not micromanaged, lots of on the job training, work in beautiful areas protecting and restoring wonderful ecological habitats. Many passionate people work here which was wonderful to experience the camaraderie.

    Cons

    Lack of HR support, expectations to work extremely long hours, high turnover for a reason, and they will push you towards burnout then reprimand you when it inevitably occurs. One supervisor can make or break the employee. The culture rewards those that learn to do very little, but blow their own horn. After dedicating myself for ten years to the organization, I learned to be very productive and successful which becomes threatening to those who spend their time taking credit for your work.

    Advice to Management

    Allow better bottom up communication with a mechanism to prevent punishment towards employees for circumnavigating hateful supervisors.


  9. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Operations

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mission, Financial stability, collaborative, pragmatic, effective

    Cons

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    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



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