Wildlife Conservation Society
2.9 of 5 29 reviews
www.wcs.org Bronx, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 22, 2014

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Cristián Samper

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Shared passion for the cause is not enough to bring the factions together.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)
    Bronx, NY

    ProsIt'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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementLearn to respect your staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great cause, interesting place to work, some good and bad employees to work with.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize 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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    very enlighting place to be empolyed

    Busser/Porter (Former Employee)
    Bronx, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementmore constant polices with employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Generally good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bronx, NY

    Prosgood 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

    Consnot enough incentive provided for majority of employees; limited opportunity to move up; salary levels generally lower than market for (at least for administrative positions)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big Organization Big Mission

    Development Officer (Current Employee)
    Bronx, NY

    ProsGreat diversity of people and activities. Great benefits.

    ConsHeavy on top, skinny on bottom

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more middle and lower level managemnet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting programs, awesome location

    Program Assistant (Former Employee)
    Bronx, NY

    ProsStaff 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.

    ConsSalaries 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).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bronx, NY

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A forward thinking organization who really connects zoological parks with conservation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bronx, NY

    ProsThe organizations mission is deep and purposeful, helping humans and animals alike. The development department has an amazing leader who creates a challenging and intersting work environment where peple who work hard and stretch are rewarded with new opportunities, intersting projects and eventual promotion. The new President and CEO is turning out to be inclusive, proactive and transparent in WCS wide communications and planning.

    ConsThe organization is broad, and as such has a lot of funding needs - tightening priorities will streamline efforts and increase buy-in across the organization. HR department is tiny, so is unable to offer robust services and training. Work/life balance can be a challenge with such an important mission.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate WCS-wide training opportunities. Leadership team should stay open minded when presented with new ideas, and organization should identify how to fund the good ones. Interdepartmental relationships need to be forged - to create camaraderie and shared sense if mission dispite different departmental roles. Improve branding.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pleasant for the most part.

    Guest Relations Representative (Former Employee)
    Bronx, NY

    ProsGet to work with a team, get to interact with customers on a personal level. You gain valuable customer service, reception and administrative skills depending on which position you obtain. You get a certain satisfaction in knowing that you are working for an industry dedicated to helping wildlife as well as the environment.

    ConsThe pay was extremely low for the amount of hard work that is asked of you. There is always drama, favoritism, and excessive office politics which sucks the joy out of working there. There is no room to grow in this industry unless you have a bachelors degree in something environment related or if you are coming in with manager experience already.They are constantly looking for new and fresh faces, which is OK in retrospect. However this prevents them from looking at all the great people within their industry who deserve a chance to shine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Guest relations department needs better management. They are severely understaffed and the reason behind that is because most of the greeters and admissions people there are constantly being suspended or even fired over every little infraction. Another reason is that they are not being paid enough, and there are no incentives to work hard or excel there. Focus on these points and the work environment as well as staffing and the quality of work will improve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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