Conservation International - There's a lot going for CI, but leadership makes it tough to work there | Glassdoor
  1. 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
  1. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Brand Ad Communications in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with like-minded colleagues who care about CI's work makes this a great environment. Leadership is on the newer side and have shown their interest in listening and adapting. Nice Arlington office space. Option to work remotely or have a flexible schedule. A good amount of annual leave and competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Communicating vision isn't always clear. Lack of diversity. I've heard that it's very difficult for coordinators to be promoted.

    Conservation International2020-01-06
  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

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