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Conservation International Reviews

Updated Oct 17, 2019

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Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan, PhD
M. Sanjayan, PhD
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Pros
  • "The people at CI are some of the most intelligent and passionate people I have ever met all working on the most critical issues of our time(in 20 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, theoretically interesting projects(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "I can not think of any cons about working at CI(in 16 reviews)

  • "Staff are overworked and stressed and there is high turnover as a result(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Conservation International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great opportunities for young professional. Well paid. good benefits

    Cons

    No cons to mention at this time

    Advice to Management

    none

    Conservation International2019-04-24
  2. "Great staff, poor company culture"

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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conservation International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful, world-class colleagues. Great benefits, competitive salaries (for a nonprofit). Opportunity to travel. Opportunities to interact with different teams and decent upward mobility.  The organization is in a period of transition, and it's hard to know where it will land. Several of the previous leaders left around the same time, shifting the organization from a more old school approach to new... leadership. The transition has been slow, and some of it has been good. Leadership did take some action after the damaging Mongabay article last year, in particular dealing with serious harassment claims that had previously been ignored (some for years). 

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    Cons

    Lack of organizational focus, leading to many staff frantically cover multiple roles because no one will make a call on what's important. Impact is hard to assess - the organization has been fundamentally unable to identify a niche in the environmental space, and company strategies, while improved from some of the previous indecisiveness, still don't encompass much of the work done by teams on the ground. Lots of... passing the buck on responsibility, especially among leaders. Disconnect between leadership and lower-rank employees, particularly in the field divisions. HR is widely distrusted internally and creates more problems than it solves. Poor organizational coordination and knowledge management - the wheel is constantly being reinvented for even basic tasks. Limited professional development on many teams. Promotions are generally based on image and brown-nosing rather than competence and need, leading to some bad managers. Company culture has become a bit ruthless and competitive. Staff are overworked and stressed and there is high turnover as a result.  Despite the new leadership, there's still a culture of favoritism remaining from the older days, and your experience and opportunities at the company are only as good as the team you're with and the manager you report to. The new leadership means well and is trying to implement changes to bring the organization into the 21st century, but the jury is still out on how well it will work - in particular how CI will continue to sustain its current level of programming given that its best fundraiser was the previous CEO. 

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    Advice to Management

    Staff have given management advice on how to improve, and there are some very easy ways the organization could improve, but step one is admitting there's a problem to address. Management is very selective about who they listen to, and they need to start rewarding people for being honest, not just rewarding people who tell them what they want to hear.

    Conservation International2019-10-11
  3. "Still working to overhaul bullying culture"

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    Former Employee - Grant Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conservation International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, stimulating work, opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Culture of favoritism, management hires professionals but is not interested in their opinions or methods of work, little opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Consider listening to your employees

    Conservation International2019-09-24
  4. "Cracks in the foundation"

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    Former Employee - Marketing, Communications in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conservation International full-time

    Pros

    - Incredible organization with interesting history, strong brand and mission - Great opportunities for environmental work - Truly talented staff, very knowledgeable - Big ideas welcome - Beautiful office space (although open office design for most staff)

    Cons

    Organization with enormous potential, but does not foster trust and respect from the top-down. Lacks clear vision and does not attempt to gain shared understanding of path forward. A lot of visual displays of strong internal communication, but beyond the surface you'll find many cracks in the foundation. Fun, interesting place to work, but not really a kind place to work.

    Advice to Management

    You've hired some amazing people - listen to their ideas. Give more opportunities for staff development.

    Conservation International2019-09-13
  5. "Hit or miss"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Important mission and interesting, global work

    Cons

    Job satisfaction seems to vary widely based on department

    Conservation International2019-01-23
  6. Helpful (2)

    "CI"

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    Former Employee - Data Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of travel

    Cons

    The pay could be better but it is the non-profit world

    Conservation International2018-12-19
  7. "Good organization, could be a bit more focused"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Conservation International full-time

    Pros

    In general CI values employees, has great benefits, and has a big vision.

    Cons

    They could use a little more focus in what they are trying to achieve. I struggled at times to always link what we were doing with the overall mission.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and allow them to assist in making improvements.

    Conservation International2018-12-14
  8. "finding their way"

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    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Conservation International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Talented colleagues. Important mission. Great pay and benefits for a non-profit organization. Travel.

    Cons

    Less diversity than an organization of its size should have, especially in management positions. Less support for women than would be expected given the progressive values that the organization embraces. Many silos. Mission drift.

    Conservation International2018-10-29
  9. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Conservation International part-time

    Pros

    Collaborative, inspiring work, and innovative approach to environmental goals

    Cons

    Seemed more like an environmental communications company than a conservation organizations. Employees seemed to prefer professional perks to allocating surplus budget to beneficiary projects.

    Conservation International2018-10-19
  10. "Great place to work with a great mission!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Conservation International full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Location in Arlington, VA, People, Mission, Culture

    Cons

    I can not think of any cons about working at CI

    Conservation International2018-09-05
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