Wildlife Conservation Society Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Fantastic workplace for passionate people

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    Former Employee - Development Associate in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    WCS is a reputable organization when it comes to wildlife conservation, and it is well-respected in the field. The organization is full of passionate people who truly care about the mission. The headquarters are in the middle of the Bronx Zoo, which is pretty awesome.

    Cons

    Because of the structured hierarchy, it can be difficult and time-consuming to move up and grow. It also highly depends on the type of manager that you have.

    Advice to Management

    Like most reviews, I would say that it is important to create growth and professional development opportunities for the lower-end employees in order to ensure career fulfillment, retention and good morale.


  2. Seasonal Retail

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Retail Employee in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Seasonal Retail Employee in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working retail at the Bronx Zoo was fun and challenging for a summer job. Luckily, I had a great supervisor who taught me how to do the job duties well and great co-workers. It was very team oriented and you must hold your own weight. However, penalties for breaking rules can be very harsh and there isn't much room for error. I would advise working in retail if you can count well, have good team skills, can mentor and train others as well as manage different tasks.

    Cons

    - Minimum Wage - Little wiggle room in terms of choosing what days you wanted to work - Upper management use of quota can cause negative attitudes among employees (a store can be scolded if it did not sell to many items, sometimes its not the employees fault but lack of sales can be caused due to bad weather, location of the store within the park, etc.) - Some locations do not have A/C. Expect to work out in the open, possibly in the sun for part of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees to see what customers like and what they do not like. Sometimes, there is an overstock of a particular item that isn't selling. Also, I would recommend a special training program regarding how to make a pitch for a sale, proper housekeeping (like checking the stockroom and taking inventory) as well as ethics.


  3. Helpful (1)

    The experience was Okk to say the last

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    Former Employee - Admissions Associate in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Admissions Associate in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free tickets and uniforms

    Cons

    Managers, short lunch breaks, working in all types of weather

    Advice to Management

    Give more respect to associates


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Started from the bottom, now we're here…right back to the bottom

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    Former Employee - Animal Keeper in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Animal Keeper in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great opportunity to work with and/or see rare and exotic animals in an urban setting -Discounts: Food cafes + souvenir shops -Free parking + courtesy passes -Flexible schedule

    Cons

    -Lack of communication -No meetings to discuss department changes, new staff or animals, etc -inexperienced management

    Advice to Management

    Get some experience. Give employees equal amount of work.


  6. Designer

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

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Working for a company with a great mission and surrounded/inspired by creative people.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of opportunities for promotion.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Shared passion for the cause is not enough to bring the factions together.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's great to feel inspired by the mission of your organization - everyone cares deeply about the cause. There's a lot of creative energy amongst the teams. And a work-life balance is possible here.

    Cons

    The divisions and groups within them are deeply stratified, competitive, and often antagonistic. Senior staff feel entitled to reject and humiliate work/workers of departments over which they have no oversight or knowledge of. Top-down management is severe. Little room for middle-level manager growth.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your staff.


  8. very enlighting place to be empolyed

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Busser/Porter in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Busser/Porter in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best thing is the constant inter-action with guests ,flexable schdule ,great atitude with mangement.

    Cons

    some times guest con be very rude -lot of out of towners,working in bad weather ,much to hot !

    Advice to Management

    more constant polices with employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Generally good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good team members to work with; good cause and there is a lot that can be learned about the cause if one takes the time; great for those interested in any aspect of conservation

    Cons

    not enough incentive provided for majority of employees; limited opportunity to move up; salary levels generally lower than market for (at least for administrative positions)


  10. Exciting programs, awesome location

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff are highly dedicated to the wildlife conservation mission. Location is easily accessible for driving in, and parking easy. "Cool" factor of working here is pretty high.

    Cons

    Salaries are unrealistic for attracting and retaining qualified professionals (though it is a nonprofit...) IT systems for administrative work are not easily adaptable (though public interface systems are high quality and top-notch).


  11. Great place to work--particularly due to being surrounded by so many great people, dedicated to conservation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work--particularly due to being surrounded by so many great people, dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wild places.

    Cons

    Headquarters are at the Bronx Zoo--great place once you're there, but far and inconvenient.



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