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Audubon Society Reviews

Updated January 4, 2017
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  1. "Inspiring and Hardworking Conservation Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are awesome and amazing with all kinds of expertise. Great supervisors and multiple projects to keep you energized.

    Cons

    Would be nice to connect to different states and share experiences throughout the organization

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating and engaging the employees.


  2. "Great Mission"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Audubon Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    casual, good mission, great office

    Cons

    long hours for a non-profit


  3. "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Audubon Society full-time

    Pros

    great mission, smart, talented people, strong leadership, multiple locations and roles, recognized and respected brand in the environmental space

    Cons

    complex and decentralized organization which leads to challenges in some areas. As an environmental NGO, faces the same funding challenges as all others

    Advice to Management

    do more to promote employee morale and connect disperse staff. Celebrate victories more. Take the time to recognize staff contributions,


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "morale needs improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Audubon Society (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The field is doing great conservation work

    Cons

    Too many upper management folks. Staff overworked and underappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    help current employees to grow and move up the ladder


  6. "Passionate Conservarion Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization is open to new ideas and expects you to follow through. I was able to create 3 new positions for myself over 10yrs.

    Cons

    It's a non profit. Limited resources and high expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep rewarding high performing employees to retain talent.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Education & Outreach Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Audubon Society full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, great people, good benefits, great job.

    Cons

    Low end of payscale for skills/experience; top heavy organization


  8. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the organization. Paid internships in conservation are rare. I had a great supervisor and was able to meet the president.

    Cons

    Bridge gap between local chapters and national branches.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are several stars in the state, policy, and science offices, all of whom Yarnold inherited from the previous regime. They do the true conservation work instead of faking it.

    Cons

    David Yarnold Audubon’s CEO, calls employees on their vacations to tell them they are being demoted and pulls the plug on major projects without any explanation or warning. In NYC he terminated well regarded long-term staff and native New Yorkers on the 9/11 anniversary either because he’s a rube or he’s spiteful. His management style is top-down Soviet-style, stifling initiative. Jonathan Franzen and the New Yorker have his number: picking the bald eagle as a poster bird of climate change was a colossal marketing blunder. In another scandal Yarnold caved to the cat crazies, ending Ted Williams’ column. An inveterate loner, Yarnold has failed to build alliances with other groups to make a bigger mark. His lonely apologist on this site still blames his predecessor from the previous decade. You don’t see droves of Yarnold’s current employees rallying to his defense or colleagues from his previous stints rushing to work for him. If Yarnold can’t treat staff with common human decency, pray for the birds. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    This would never have happened if Audubon had a board of directors.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Success and satisfaction depends on your location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The field and program staff are smart and extremely dedicated.

    Cons

    New York office is dysfunctional. Staff is highly micromanaged with little flexibility or freedom to act, which is in contrast to the proclaimed nimble and entrepreneurial culture.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving the culture from the top down. It would slow the revolving door.


  11. "Great position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restoration Field Assistant in Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Former Employee - Restoration Field Assistant in Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Society full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic learning opportunity, a great chance to work with seasoned professionals in a stunning setting. I wish there had been a permanent position available.

    Cons

    Orange County is an absolutely appalling place. If it weren't for Starr Ranch, there would have been no reason for me to set foot in Rancho Santa Margarita. Much as I miss the work, I don't miss California.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, you are all so inspiring and the work that you do is so important.



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