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"Generally supportive work environment with some strong personalities"

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Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Arlington, VA
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I worked at Conservation International full-time (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

Other Employee Reviews for Conservation International

  1. "Dynamic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Conservation International full-time (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.


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    "great organization facing challenging times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Conservation International full-time (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.

    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.

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