The Nature Conservancy Reviews

Updated August 12, 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
  • 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. Fast paced organization with some of the brightest people anywhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff at The Nature Conservancy create a collaborative and intellectually stimulating workplace. Often, people describe the pull of the organization as the mission, however, the people are its true treasure.

    Cons

    Each operating unit has its own culture (a potential pro and con). The conservation industry is changing rapidly and The Nature Conservancy, like many others, is trying to stake out the next generation's territory.

    Advice to Management

    A stronger strategic vision which connects the higher levels of the organization to the field would be galvanizing in a time of change.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work, but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Conservancy undeniably has a great mission. The people are what make this organization an amazing place. The organization is large and geographically diverse, so there are lots of opportunities to move around and it is encouraged. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    New management are mostly from Goldman Sachs. Nothing wrong with that, but it can affect culture. Lots of large-scale goals that can be hard to achieve without effective priorities. Management makes decisions that seem flippant. TNC does not do change well and it moves very slowly.


  3. Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Inspiring mission. Overall it is a very low-stress environment in the office.

    Cons

    Things move very slowly. Very internal. Communications between offices/chapters could use some work. The organization struggles to keep up with the present times because it is primarily funded by donors in their 60s and 70s.


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  5. Great Mission. Great People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Great Mission Company cares about staff's professional development Good starting pay for a non-profit Good work life balance

    Cons

    It is a non-profit, so they dont pay as much as other places.


  6. Great mission, people & benefits. Long hours and too many reorgs...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, colleagues and benefits.

    Cons

    long hours, fast paced, too many reorganizations.


  7. Mixed Bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People very passionate about taking care of the environment. A group of very smart team members who are technically astute in their assigned areas.

    Cons

    Many of the teams think very small and tend to be very task-oriented and work in silos. Many long-timers have no motivation to change and grow. Operate in cliques that are difficult to penetrate.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great org with predictable NGO pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very bright people. Fantastic outlook on the role people play with nature. Unlike most extreme nature organizations, the Conservancy is very open to reaching across the table. Very cool and innovative developments. Good salaries and benefits for a nonprofit. Good reputation. Strong culture.

    Cons

    Leadership is off balance. Too many 50-something white guys leading the helm and not enough women or racially diverse leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify at the top and hold senior managers accountable!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Love this place...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Large decentralized organization creates lots of silos.


  10. A accounting clerk/bookkeeper

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for!

    Cons

    i loved everything about this company.


  11. Helpful (3)

    overworked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    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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