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Conservation International Coordinator Reviews

Updated Jan 11, 2020

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Conservation International Chief Executive Officer M. Sanjayan, PhD
M. Sanjayan, PhD
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work with a great culture"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best environments I've ever worked in.

    Cons

    The organization's structure is a little loose, but it is constantly improving.

    Conservation International2017-01-24
  2. "Barely Livable Salary, No Room for Advancement"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's an amazing, welcoming, and modern work environment. You're also able to work remotely and the benefits, as well as the people, are great.

    Cons

    It is nearly impossible for someone in an entry-level position to be promoted. The salary for coordinators and office administrators is barely liveable yet they have no problem paying for expensive consultants monthly. They expect you to have years of experience in positions that almost no one would take because of the low pay. If you don't have a Master's degree or Ph.D. you won't make any money. It doesn't matter how many years of experience you have as being a manager, if you don't have a traditional education you're completely looked over. As far as development, they offer you Linkedin learning (which is a joke) and the chance to receive project management certificates (which again doesn't matter if you don't have a Master's or Ph.D.).

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    Advice to Management

    Enable those with less traditional educational backgrounds to advance into management positions.

    Conservation International2020-01-11
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Good Conservation Mission"

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    Development Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, they care about your professional development, important conservation mission, kind, impressive and inspirational CEO

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is absurd, not enough responsibilities at the coordinator level

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to feel more connected to the mission.

    Conservation International2015-10-21
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Coordinator"

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    Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International for more than a year

    Pros

    Comfortable, friendly and positive work environment. Employees whole-heartedly believe in company mission and values.

    Cons

    Top-heavy - large gap between entry/lower level employees (associates, assistants, coordinators) & management level

    Conservation International2015-10-26
  5. "Coordinator"

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    Current Contractor - Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International for less than a year

    Pros

    People here are genuinely passionate about the environment and conservation. Excellent benefits, especially healthcare. Convenient to the Metro.

    Cons

    Top heavy management, not enough people to do a lot of the 'grunt' work. Many members of senior leadership are not located in Arlington, creates kind of a disconnect.

    Advice to Management

    Every member of the staff should be afforded the ability and opportunity to visit a field site, not only would it be good for morale, but would help all to understand what CI is doing outside of the DC bubble.

    Conservation International2015-09-21
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Generally supportive work environment with some strong personalities"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Conservation International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, supportive management for professional development Interesting, fun, supportive co-workers

    Cons

    Located in Crystal City (Arlington), VA Upper management includes some larger-than-life personalities - which can impact your day to day work

    Advice to Management

    Encourage growth in young employees more to reduce turn-over

    Conservation International2013-05-07
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great work environment, challenging changes to direction."

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    Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conservation International

    Pros

    CI is full of talented, energetic, and passionate people who truly care about their jobs. It's a highly flexible environment allowing alternative hours, working from, travel opportunities, and good leave policies. Regular company events, happy hours, 'brown bags' allow social and networking opportunities.

    Cons

    As a large worldwide organization it is possible to get lost. There are limited upward advancement opportunities. Recent changes in structure and mission have been challenging to morale.

    Advice to Management

    CI has grown very fast and become a great organization, but there seems to be some element of 'founder's sydrome', while the organization hasn't lost its dynamism it has begun to drift.

    Conservation International2009-02-27
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