Wildlife Conservation Society Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. My Review

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    Current Employee - Rides and Parking Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Rides and Parking Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It is a great company.

    Cons

    There are no pros to admit.


  2. Great staff, interesting research projects, always room to learn

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked on really intriguing research projects with the support of the engaged staff.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect among the different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Work on team bonding


  3. Event Coordinator/Marketer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Wildlife Conservation Society is full of passionate people who really care about the work they do. The location at the Bronx Zoo isn't half bad either! There was also a huge amount of work/life balance. If you have young children and aren't too concerned with making a lot of money, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    I've never experienced more close-minded, conservative leaders in my career. I had to leave because there was literally no progress being made. I can't speak for the conservation-side, but on the operations/marketing side of the zoo, I couldn't do my job. There is also no room for growth. I was in my position for two years, maxed out, and felt like it was either leave or stay stagnant. WCS is God awful at retaining employees, especially the younger ones. And the sad part is they don't really care. I would say the general feeling (again, I wasn't on the conservation/zoo keeper side, so I can't speak for them) is that everyone is underpaid and angry. There were so many people there that seemed to hate their lives but not leave. Very negative attitudes all around. Not a happy place to be. I really hope it will change, because there are some great, passionate people there that work really hard for a great purpose. But there hands are tied at every turn.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times. And care about employee retention. At my new job, there is such a large focus on employee retention and it really makes me feel valued, which makes me perform my job better. It's not that hard to figure out!


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. WCS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of innovation, creative ideas and passionate people. A great place to work.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than other conservation organizations


  8. Helpful (1)

    ok.....BUT far from the best

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time

    Pros

    -Interact with lively, fun co-workers

    Cons

    -30 minute lunch -Standing up from 9- 5:30 almost everyday unless you're a cashier that day - your daily job changes day to day - Management are petty - Is extremely boring -$ 8.75 an hour when it should be more since you do lots of strenuous work EVERYDAY! - Dealing with rude customers - Management always takes the customer's side.

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating useless positions and hiring people just for the sake of hiring people. Notice that you shouldn't have older workers standing up for hours on end. Have some stability in terms of positions instead of putting someone in the theater for almost a mouth then to something as asinine as stroller parking then to cashier like seriously. Then they get all upset when you're $10 under when you have only been on the cash register for a day....seriously, there are better jobs out there.


  9. Great Organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Deeply committed, hard-working, effective people. Strong programs.

    Cons

    Weak administrative support units. Some lapses in teamwork. Underfunded.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Dreams

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Director

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

    Pros

    This was my dream job. I've always wanted to be a part of a conservation organization and do my part to save wildlife.

    Cons

    There seems to be a real disconnect by the "upper level" and the majority of the employees. Some of the higher-management folks do fight the good fight though.

    Advice to Management

    work on your efficiency.


  11. Great place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    1) Great work/life balance 2) Training opportunities (depends on what department you are in) 3) You get to work with very motivated and intelligent managers.

    Cons

    1) Salary 2) Training opportunities are limited 3) Very territorial (divisions work against each other)

    Advice to Management

    Just like other organizations the competition between departments is obvious and is what you spend a majority of your time on. Figure this problem out and the organization will have more opportunities to flourish.



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