Wildlife Conservation Society Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Tremendous staff working towards wildplace and wildlife conservation across the world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society

    Pros

    Dedicated staff, amazing educational opportunities, global presence

    Cons

    salaries, compensation, perks, education reimbursement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fabulous landscapes to work in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people in the field on the ground in-country. Warm and generous.

    Cons

    Very little support from either in-country management or NYC WCS. Result is bad morale and poor results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A very big broom needs to start in NYC and sweep outwards. Try to have results match PR puffery.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. very easy at times challenging

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    Former Employee - Park Attendant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Park Attendant in New York, NY

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society

    Pros

    working outdoors and coming in contact with so many people

    Cons

    working in some of the worst weather and mean rude people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat everyone fair

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Doing important conservation work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great scientist colleagues. Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Ridiculous work loads for midlevel managers; HR undersupported; competition b/w zoo and global conservation program; communication lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent, honest, fair, just. Communicate transparently. Recognize leaders and empower them rather than behaving as if threatened by these important roles played in the community of colleagues.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free tickets and uniforms

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more respect to associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get some experience. Give employees equal amount of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great cause, interesting place to work, some good and bad employees to work with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    I loved meeting scientists from around the world and working for a cause that I believe in.

    Cons

    It was hit or miss in terms of working with others inside the organization. Some really wonderful folks and some really bad employees too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal structure was challenging to navigate. I hope the current management workshops and employee trainings encourage a better workplace environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Gained a lot of experience, but no room to grow, no encouragement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing literal work environment (the Bronx Zoo) - you can take a break and watch the animals...that is if you can find the time to take a break. I met lifelong friends there.

    Cons

    Poor compensation/large pay gaps between levels, no encouragement for upward movement, not a good work-life balance, very high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the importance of fun as much as hard-work. Pay your employees what they should be paid. Give them a reason to stay.

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