World Wildlife Fund

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World Wildlife Fund Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
52 Reviews
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World Wildlife Fund President and CEO Carter S. Roberts
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Pros
  • Most managers are very accommodating to employees who want a great work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Great work/life balance with every other Friday off, friendly co-workers, global network (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • don't work in non-profit if you want to get rich (in 6 reviews)

  • There were very few cons of working at the World Wildlife Fund as an intern (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic Place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time

    Pros

    People are extremely driven by their passion

    Cons

    undergoing a reorganization so there is slight tensions between teams

  2.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Wildlife Fund as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    smart, friendly, approachable people
    regular brownbag presentations from leading researchers
    solid work-life balance

    Cons

    non-profit pay. don't work in non-profit if you want to get rich.
    many programs are driven by grants and funding. if your funding dries up you will have to move on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a better internal talent pool, like a consultancy, to allow employees to pivot between projects if necessary

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work Community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, excellent scheduling flexibility, great location in the city, decent leadership

    Cons

    lack of consistency in procedures across the organization, too many teams duplicate efforts, decisions take to long, salary structure seems bureaucratic and no room to negotiate merit increases from year to year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    implement organization wide initiatives, like telework; improve internal sustainability goals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, great team, flexible schedule

    Cons

    A little behind technologically, Little room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunity for training and leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for learning, but few opportunities to advance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Wildlife Fund full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People really walk the walk -- huge volume of hybrid cars in the parking lot, bottled water is frowned on, LEED building, tolerance and understanding is very important.
    Casual dress code
    As long as the work is done, it doesn't matter if you work from home, work a little bit, or just hang out.
    Ample opportunities to travel on company dime
    Peers are willing to help fellow peers (but not really help those below them)
    if you make friends with the support staff, they can help you figure out who the nice and helpful people are, and who the egotistical jerks are.

    Cons

    Extremely slow pace -- unless they are going through one of the CONSTANT re-organizations, and then they are swift to eliminate
    Senior management -- especially the CEO -- is very "star chamber." Not only are you not allowed to talk to the CEO unless you are a member of the elite, you are not allowed to talk to his assistant, either.
    Board members are coddled and treated like royalty -- during a board meeting, staff was asked not to ride the elevators in case the board members needed them and they didn't want the board members to have to ride with the lowly staff members.
    Not a lot of guidance or training, unless you are one of the few that "matter"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People who work there are actual people, and don't need to be treated like they don't exist.
    Please try to keep up the organizational chart -- people who are new have no idea who these people are, and there are so many of them!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Times, they are a changin...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Wildlife Fund full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Super dedicated staff, critical mission, the HQ building is amazing and the facilities staff is awesome.

    Cons

    WWF is on it's way through a season of huge restructuring. Morale is low, and leadership is disconnected. Everyone is unsure whether the radical shifts that were made will work out, and the group of people who got laid off included several rock stars in the field of conservation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just go for the easy wins that won't require a huge investment. If you say you want to shake things up, do even more work with fewer people, and make staff's lives easier while "working differently", put your money where your mouth is.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Never want to leave!

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone in the building is incredibly friendly and helpful; it's a truly great environment to work in! Everything from the rooftop garden to encouragement to take breaks during the day to watch the World Cup make me never want to leave! Very effective internal communications throughout the organization display the support system throughout the employee network. Also A+++ for the building location.

    Cons

    One big challenge with working in a large-scale nonprofit is that things can move somewhat slowly or focus more on strategy and less on action.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with talented and passionate colleagues

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Wildlife Fund full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance with every other Friday off, friendly co-workers, global network

    Cons

    Advancement can be difficult, slow in decision making

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Non-profit to work for, but has the same problems all non-profits have

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund

    Pros

    Awesome, laid-back atmosphere with smart and friendly co-workers. Great benefits and work schedule. Dedicated to the mission of saving the environment.

    Cons

    Like all non-profits they struggle with how to justify spending money not on the core mission. Old ways and procedures are hard to change. The 'old guard' staff who may have been effective once, are not let go when their work quality degrades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The start-up type open workplace could really make WWF shine as a workspace leader among non-profits. Management needs to work harder to give credit for all jobs in the organization, not just the scientists and fundraisers. Don't be afraid to let someone go who no longer does their job effectively.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    great place to work for

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, fun organization. you feel satisfied as you are working for a good cause to help the wildlife. you get to meet a lot of different people from a lot of different regions ranging from different ethnicities.

    Cons

    the pay is good but might be a little south side from the private sector. you can always use ur experience in the private sector later if you wish too. you might have to travel frequently

    Recommends

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