WildAid Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
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  1. Great opportunity to make an impact

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WildAid full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A very focused and capable team making a big difference. It has a start-up culture so if you can get projects moving, there are plenty of opportunities to take on a bigger role. Very creative and enterprising. Great opportunity to take on major projects. Strong performance is rewarded. Strong financial management. Very competitive compensation and benefits package.

    Cons

    Fast-paced environment and high expectations with a very lean team. Senior management provides guidance and the team is very cooperative but the people who fit best are self-starters and good communicators. Working across many time zones, languages and cultures can be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the great accomplishments and strengthen new programs with strong staff. As the staff grows in more countries, find ways to keep everyone connected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. A worthwhile experience worthy of an unbiased review

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    Former Employee - Climate Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Climate Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at WildAid full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Meaningful work in demand reduction with a proven track record for effectiveness on a global scale. If you enjoy very small teams, hard work, and can manage traveling, then WildAid might be great for you. Caveat: this will depend on which team you join. Great opportunity to meet celebrities and important organizations/institutions/businesses. You will be using every skill set in your tool belt from graphics design to public speaking. WildAid China is a wonderful team to work with.

    Cons

    Not enough relevant training and cross-team synchronization. Not enough emphasis on clear goals, expectations, KPIs, and parameters for what is considered good performance. Not enough credit is given when credit is due. The SF office culture needs help since management team is way too quiet and withdrawn. Certain roles do not have enough leadership input and teammate support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved and show genuine interest in everyone's work. This will also help in defining goals and KPIs. Invest in building happier teams. Value and appreciate the people who're working just as hard to make WildAid a success. When you put yourselves out there, your staff will follow suit. A healthy culture is just as important, if not more important, than fundraising. The management team needs to manage people, and not just finances and donors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Terrible executive leadership, mismanagement of staff / key personnel, no credit for work, no opportunities to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WildAid

    Pros

    WildAid has a very worthwhile mission and goal. It is unfortunate that an organization with such a wonderful goal is so poorly led and run.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover - over 50% of staff in last 2 years, poor executive leadership, poor management of staff and key personnel, no opportunities for personal growth, no training, hardly ever any employee reviews, no development, no opportunities to take on additional growth due to power hungry, disrespectful, and controlling leadership. Employees never given credit for their work by executive management who is power hungry, only looking for people who can give money, and often exhibits extremely irrational, unexplainable behavior which in turn effects the entire organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest a bit more in people. They actually make the wheels turn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Meaningful work with opportunities for professional growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WildAid full-time

    Pros

    Value independence, initiative and creativity. Exciting & effective work. The organization is growing so employee opportunities (and wages) grow with it. Loyalty and hard work is valued.

    Cons

    No one will tell you how to do your job, which can be good or bad depending on the person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving in the direction you are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Horrible Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at WildAid full-time

    Pros

    Conservation work. global organization, hard working staff.

    Cons

    Bad management, poor bookkeeping, horrible morale, awful turnover. Unprofessional managers. Staff never credited for their work. Incredibly demanding with little return. Director is unsupportive, only interested in money and isn't willing to brainstorm, work flexibly, give credit where deserved or run his team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Small organization doing exciting work with tremendous opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Media Manager in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - New Media Manager in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at WildAid full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    WildAid is a lightweight organization that achieves impressive, fast results. It's exciting to work in such a fast-paced organization that delivers tangible, visible results on important issues. Not the slightest bit mundane. Ideal for an independent worker that thrives in finding creative solutions under high pressure. Frequent opportunities to work with celebrities and major media organizations. Results are very visible.

    Cons

    Internal communications between leadership and staff need improvement. Employee benefits should be better. Needs more interaction between staff at different offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase inter-office communications and show more attention to employee needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. WildAid is cool place to work!

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    Current Employee - Wildlife Campaigner in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Wildlife Campaigner in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at WildAid full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I've worked for WildAid for just over a year now, first as a consultant, then as staff. During that time the senior management team at WildAid have given me a great opportunity, and the flexibility and free rein to get quite creative in my own way by running wildlife conservation media campaigns under the WildAid banner here in Hong Kong, as well as some wildlife trade investigations too. And the best thing is that support and expert advice is never far away when I need it. This organisation has been making some real impact of late, and as a consequence it is a really optimistic environment to work in, which can in turn boost your own morale!

    Cons

    The time difference can hamper communications occasionally, but that's not WildAid's fault. It would be the same in any organisation that has offices spanning the globe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The WildAid management team are making some real headway in reducing the demand for wildlife products around the world, bt most notably in Asia. Keep going guys, making great strides!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Somewhat disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WildAid

    Pros

    Great mission and lofty goals

    Cons

    Poor morale, disorganization, and poor working relationships

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Okay, but felt unvalued

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WildAid

    Pros

    Friendly staff, great cause, beautiful location, it's a nonprofit so get to work on a lot of topics, some creative opportunities available

    Cons

    no money, lack of discussion of future and what WIldAid can do for you (it's all about what you can do for them, often free or for peanuts), their work is becoming stagnant, no one has a science background, more interested in raising money, you don't get much credit for your hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull aside your employees and tell them how they are doing or give them credit for their hard work

    No opinion of CEO

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