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3.8
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79%
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Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan, PhD
M. Sanjayan, PhD
18 Ratings
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 17 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. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganized, ego driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, theoretically interesting projects

    Cons

    No work life balance. Nasty interpersonal relations and extremely poor management on the part of supervisors. Complete nightmare.

    Conservation International2018-06-02
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great mission, passionate people, desperate need for budget restructuring and training for managers"

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Conservation International

    Pros

    Great mission with many talented, smart staff that are really passionate about conservation. Good benefits. Opportunity for some really amazing world travel depending on what division you work in and what projects you're on.

    Cons

    1. Budget constraints are a huge stressor. Some divisions have a lot of unrestricted funds allocated to them, while others are running solely from grant to grant or donation to donation. Many lower level and even some senior level employees openly fearful for losing job due to lack of funding and as a consequence there is extremely high turnover of employees. 2. Management is hit or miss. When it's a miss... it's huge and destructive to employee morale. Firstly, all managers (employees as well, but managers in particular) are spread thin and extremely overworked due to the lack of funding mentioned in 1. Some managers do handle this well, manage their time and their own projects while also making sure to support the success of their subordinates and maintain open communication with their team. Others take out their stresses on their subordinates by handing off last minute miscellaneous 'extremely urgent, due at midnight tonight' tasks, or do not communicate well with their team (i.e. doesn't show up to meeting after meeting, ignores email after email), and seem to have no idea how to manage other people, and even worse, show no desire to improve/change their management strategies.

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    Advice to Management

    Please start either providing mandatory training to managers or create more alternative pathways to promotion so that people who are good scientists, good fundraisers, or good policy negotiators stay in those positions as individual contributors rather than managers. Either that, or invest in making sure your managers have the skills they need to lead a team. I have known several lower level employees in the past... year that have left the organization due to having a really difficult relationship with their manager, and certain managers even have a reputation for having employee after employee leave the organization because of them. This should not be happening so regularly and management should really take a step back and address this problem.

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    Conservation International2016-09-12
  4. 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
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Conservation International full-time

    Pros

    People and culture at CI. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Salaries could be more competitive.

    Conservation International2015-08-12
  6. Helpful (11)

    "Great staff, poor management"

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

    I worked at Conservation International full-time

    Pros

    Conservation International has an excellent global staff who works every day to make the world a better place to live. Benefits are good. Also, there are lots of opportunities for learning if you build the right network within the organization. For some positions, there are lots of opportunities for travel around the world.

    Cons

    The organization is poorly managed and very unstable. There was a change in the senior leadership by the end of 2014, making the organization worst than ever. There is a huge gap between HQ and Field that was widened because of the new leadership. Resources are scarce and staff turnover is very high in US. Promotions are ad hoc and do not follow a very consistent process. Staff morale is low and people are very... afraid about the future. I have heard that some of the best staff have just left the organization and that several others key staff members are looking for jobs elsewhere. In summary, because the organization seems to be in permanent transition, I am very sad to say that Conservation International is certainly not a good place to work under the current leadership.

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    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to retire. Current top leadership needs to be replaced before it is too late. Mid-level staff needs to be empowered.

    Conservation International2015-04-26
  7. Helpful (8)

    "There's a lot going for CI, but leadership makes it tough to work there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some incredible, smart, passionate people - Outstanding benefits (even among CI's peers, most of which offer good benefits) - Flexible scheduling - Good work is rewarded via promotions, raises, etc. - Family-friendly

    Cons

    - CI is run by the same man who founded it 27 years ago, and it still has that startup feel. Problem is, while that works when you're a new organization going toe-to-toe with The Nature Conservancy, it doesn't work when you have nearly 1,000 employees around the world. It leads to things like: changing direction more often than a drunk stumbling through a back alley; leadership giving strict oversight to parts of... the organization that are far beyond their professional expertise; a "yes" culture where, if leadership asks you to jump off a bridge without a parachute, you do it eagerly and with a smile on your face; recruits coming in to "fix" problems and finding that they cannot make any headway; and all the problems with staff morale that you'd think would follow. To leadership's credit, they realize that many staff are unhappy, and there are internal processes in place to fix some of these problems. In fact, there were superficial but beneficial changes in the past few years. But in the end, CI is stuck: Peter Seligmann is the face of CI. CI exists because of him, and CI can raise millions of dollars because of him. So it's a real Catch-22. I'm pessimistic about this situation ever changing unless there is a real reckoning (which seems unlikely).

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    Advice to Management

    Read the Wiki for founder's syndrome, and realize that every one of the symptoms listed here is present within your organization. Really reflect on that, and fix it.

    Conservation International2014-08-04
  8. 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
  9. Helpful (3)

    "great organization facing challenging times"

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    Former Employee -  in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Conservation International has a lot going for it: smart people, an important mission, strong partnerships, prestigious board, and a solid reputation as convener with ability to make things happen at the global level. For employees, good benefits, historic reputation for work-life balance and flexible work options (although this reputation has been tested during leaner times over the past year or so).

    Cons

    It feels as if CI has lost its way over the past few years. A major shift in mission/strategy happened about three years ago, and while change should be good, this has led to constantly shifting priorities, strategies, and plans - resulting in confusion, dysfunction, and stress. Lots of attrition - both staff leaving for new opportunities and some layoffs - also has contributed to an uncertain and unstable... environment. Founder/CEO/Chairman of the Board Peter Seligmann is truly a rock star, but he lives and is based on the West Coast, which creates a weird dynamic since he's leading the organization remotely (about half the staff is based in Arlington and the rest in international locations). Budgets have been tight, so fewer opportunities for professional development, staff travel to visit projects in the field, etc. Hopefully things will settle down and CI will get back on track, since it has an amazing history and lots of potential. But for the time being, I found it was a challenging place to work.

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    Advice to Management

    Senior managers should get out of their offices and walk around to get a pulse on staff morale. Scale back the mammoth and not-very-efficient annual planning exercise. Be better at prioritizing and stay the course rather than shifting focus/strategy every few months. Invest in manager training and development.

    Conservation International2012-12-11
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Please don't consider working here"

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     in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Conservation International

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Good benefits

    Cons

    Non existent leadership, lack of clarity surrounding the mission, ambiguity surrounding the work and successes. Where is the strategy?

    Advice to Management

    Please show up at the office and see what's really going on. Staff needs and wants leadership, direction.

    Conservation International2012-04-18
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