Wildlife Conservation Society

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Wildlife Conservation Society Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
32 Reviews
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    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
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    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
  3. 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
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    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 an 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
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    very enlighting place to be empolyed

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    Former Employee - Busser/Porter in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Busser/Porter in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    more constant polices with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 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.

  8.  

    Exciting programs, awesome location

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Bronx, NY

    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).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Generally good

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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 (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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Organization Big Mission

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    Current Employee - Development Officer in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    Great diversity of people and activities. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Heavy on top, skinny on bottom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more middle and lower level managemnet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work--particularly due to being surrounded by so many great people, dedicated to conservation

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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 (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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