Mission: Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.
I worked at Conservation International full-time (More than a year)
Working at CI means you'll spend your days alongside highly motivated, capable people dedicated to creating a sustainable future. HR is focused on work/life balance with a 35-hr workweek on the books, though expect to work more, plus some odd hours if corresponding with field teams in 30 countries. You'll thrive here if you have a tendency for entrepreneurship; CI as a whole is generally innovative and open to new ideas.
Many people are overworked, so tasks that you need input on might not be their priority. Teams don't always keep each other in the loop as well as they could/should. Since it's a somewhat small organization, there isn't much opportunity for career advancement, depending on the position; several people have left CI and then came back at higher positions.
Advice to Management
Think about career pathways to retain talent, and get more people in HQ out into the field to experience the work firsthand.
I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Conservation International in March 2018.
I was selected to interview and scheduled a phone interview via email. The interview was not in person because I was attending university far from Washington D.C. The interview was uncomfortable, because I was asked very little about my experience and why I wanted to work there, and the interviewer just kept talking and gave me 5-10 minutes of the 25-30 minute interview to answer questions and then ask questions. It was strange and poorly organized on their behalf. Even if I had received an offer, I likely would not have accepted due to the strange interviewing process.
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