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Conservation International Senior Director Reviews

Updated Jan 29, 2018

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

    "Takes Initiative to succeed but worth it for this amazing organization"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time for more than 10 years

    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. You are constantly challenged at CI and constantly inspired by our brilliant team and leadership. There are tremendous opportunities for those that take initiative and amazing benefits.

    Cons

    Tackling global environmental issues can be daunting at times

    Conservation International2018-01-29
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Most staff are highly motivated, intelligent, committed to the environment and human wellbeing globally."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects, exciting travel, generally collaborative environment

    Cons

    Changeable and crisis-oriented management style, some lack of transparency and consultation in decision-making

    Conservation International2014-01-29
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  4. Helpful (4)

    "CI has lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conservation International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible work schedule. Green organization. Strong mission in a critical area. Strong IT support.

    Cons

    Senior management is out-of-touch and showing up for a staff meeting every couple of months is insufficient. High turnover in senior positions with many vacancies lasting for months and even years. Too much time spent in planning and documenting what is allegedly accomplished. Cutting back of field programs. Lack of diversification in funding sources and limited growth in new donors. Promotion of mid-level employees with minimal experience to senior positions affects the organization's ability to achieve its mission. Stagnation of promotions for qualified employees at the levels below Vice President.

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    Advice to Management

    Take a critical look at the organization and stop being cheerleaders about how great everything is. Strengthen your Human Resources and Fundraising functions. Refine your funding model as it is unsustainable.

    Conservation International2013-10-04
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Innovative organization with opportunity to change the world, but positions insecure"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time

    Pros

    Creative, smart, committed, hard working colleagues

    Cons

    Funding is unreliable which makes positions tenuous

    Conservation International2013-07-26
  6. "Dynamic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    passionate, committed staff. Tremendous learning opportunity.

    Cons

    highly political, poor management skills among senior staff, human resource challanges

    Advice to Management

    continue with the inspirational direction, recognize that the failure to ensure good management and support of staff undermines the good work and good intentions. and costs a fortune in terms of innovation, loyalty, and basic operating costs.

    Conservation International2013-04-30
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