The Nature Conservancy Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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The Nature Conservancy President and CEO 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. 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

  2. Helpful (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)

    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)

  3. Helpful (1)

    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

    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

  6. Helpful (2)

    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.

  7. 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great staff, interesting work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy

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

    Pros

    Staff community, access to new projects, accessible management

    Cons

    Nothing specific to report, overall a positive experience.

  9. Helpful (6)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    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/

  11. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Officer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1. The pace is slow

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