Wdnr Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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  1. Natural Heritage Assistant

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    Former Employee - Natural Heritage Inventory Assistant in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Natural Heritage Inventory Assistant in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wdnr (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The coworkers were great. Everyone is very friendly, and always willing to help.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons for the departments. Everyone seemed willing to help each other.


  2. LTE naturalist at state park

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work outdoors, educate people on the geological history of the area. You meet a variety of visitors.

    Cons

    Poor management system, with expectations not very clear.


  3. Loved it, helped me grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wdnr part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    LTE work is available for recent graduates to get their feet wet. Was allowed to work on projects that would lead to professional development. Many experienced, dedicated employees in this agency. Never had a day when I didn't want to go to work.

    Cons

    LTEs are not typically compensated fairly for work performed. Many vacancies go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. Hiring outlook varies according to the political climate downtown.

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages for limited term employees.


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  5. Great culture to work in

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

    Pros

    Great culture and a nice place to work long term with minimal turnover.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement which makes it difficult to be required to apply for other jobs in order to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Better structure of promoting internally.


  6. A lot of great new experience opportunity. Slow project development

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    Current Employee - Biologist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Biologist in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wdnr full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for unique hands on field experiences and work and you have the opportunity to be working on multiple projects with a diverse group of people.

    Cons

    Projects are often unorganized and slow to develop, which can be problematic for results driven people. There is little to no mentoring/training growth for individuals hoping to grow and develop new and stronger skill sets.

    Advice to Management

    Managing a project requires a different skill set than is required for a species expert or biologist. Appointing stronger project managers and moving biologist to a more consulting type of role will benefit projects as a whole.


  7. It's so sad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wdnr full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and work locations.

    Cons

    Poor management. Low pay. This agency doesn't protect the environment anymore. Rather employees are told to look the other way based on political pressure from all the way at the top. It's so sad because the agency used to be a shining start of environmental protection.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees and make decisions based on the science, not politics.


  8. Great people, great work

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    Former Intern - LTE in Madison, WI
    Former Intern - LTE in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wdnr as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, educated co-workers Opportunity to enjoy outdoor time while doing meaningful work As an entry level LTE, I always felt like I was given opportunities to grow as a professional and to experience different types of work Always got along with my superiors, who were great mentors to me

    Cons

    GEF buildings aren't exactly the nicest workplaces. Not a lot of natural light. Cubicles are gloomy. LTEs aren't typically compensated fairly for their work. Scott Walker's treatment of public employees


  9. Great People and Great Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Staff Writer for Magazine in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Staff Writer for Magazine in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wdnr part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and helpful, they work with you to have multiple options that fit your lifestyle

    Cons

    I have really enjoyed my time with WDNR, it's just not the career path for me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. Laid back

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    Current Employee - Hydrogeologist in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Hydrogeologist in Eau Claire, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wdnr part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, hands-off management, people love what they do. I love the laid back, no dress code atmosphere and the fact that other people in the office are happy to help you answer questions if needed

    Cons

    Sometimes employees lack a challenge, lack of prosperity, not very good chance for advancement. I love what I do, but sometimes I don't have enough to do. At times I feel like the management doesn't provide a direction, but that probably just reflects the flat employee structure (specialist rather than management driven)

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate jobs that are full time to half time, combine half-time positions to full-time, and create new positions to stimulate new employee growth.


  11. DNR GOOD NOT TOO BAD HI

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    Current Employee - Enforcement in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Enforcement in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, salary. Competent management with a good overall vision of future.

    Cons

    Dealing with uninformed public who think they know, but they don't.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate. New technology



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