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Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "Amazing work and people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there are passionate about what they do from the top down, they really care about the mission and values and the employees feel that. Great benefits!

    Cons

    It can be hard to advance if there are no open positions- really depends on timing.


  2. "Proud to work here"

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    Former Employee - Restoration Technician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Restoration Technician in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated and intelligent staff committed to their mission. Extremely rewarding work.

    Cons

    Pay is low as this is a non-profit. Difficult to afford San Francisco cost of living.

  3. "Restoration Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    Talented nice people. Good collaboration with other departments. If you work outside you are looking at beautiful scenery most days. Great benefits.

    Cons

    The pay is low and raises come slowly. Managers need to delegate more to capable staff so they can grow professionally. There are office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Train new project managers in people managing skills. Provide opportunities for talented staff to advance.


  4. "Supportive work atmosphere, good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Project Information Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Information Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy part-time

    Pros

    Great flexibility with schedules, great benefits, wonderful co-workers with motivation and a good place to start an environmental career.

    Cons

    more communication would be ideal, there is a lack of communication with upper management and a disconnect with immediate managers.

    Advice to Management

    Work a little harder to get to know your field staff.


  5. "This Environmental Nonprofit is a great corporation with a mission that is easy to stand behind."

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    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation are among the best for nonprofits in the Bay Area. Additionally, there are Park Day outings 3 times a year. Fort Mason is a wonderful location, too. The people and atmosphere are great, too.

    Cons

    Upward mobility may be limited unless a position is specially created. There are also multiple departments working as separate "silos" that make interdepartmental cooperation difficult.


  6. "One of the Best I've ever worked for in the Non-Profit world"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-operative atmosphere amongst fellow employees. Yearly "Holiday Party." High expectations of performance. Our "product" is exceptional. You will feel an amazing amount of pride in the outcome of the projects. High expectations of manner in which you treat each other, very respectful. Humor welcomed and appreciated. You will see donations coming in both large and small and never feel that the money is being waste. Locations can be breath taking.

    Cons

    Sadly, you will often be mistaken for the Presidio Trust. The location sucks - hard to get to. Because they are small and the positions specialized there isn't alot of opportunity for promotion. Plus, people ten to stay for a long time. However, the skills you learn here will help you if you choose to move to another organization. But because you will love it so much you may never leave.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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    "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Vsr in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vsr in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked on Alcatraz. The location and many of my coworkers were fantastic.

    Cons

    The management is very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what is and is not legally and ethically appropriate for the workplace.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great coworkers, great mission, improvements to communication and staff development needed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff are dedicated and innovative.
    The mission is great and easy to get behind.
    Benefits are great and the pay is on par with most other non-profits.
    Good place for young people starting out or starting out in the non-profit world

    Cons

    Communication from the executive department can be improved--I feel like there are constant fires to be put out. Although, the staff manages to deal with it, if the executive team better communicated their goals and expectations that could have been avoided from the get go.
    Little room for advancement for career professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate your expectations clearly and in detail.
    Delegate tasks to middle management and hold them responsible for outcomes, too.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It's not as it appears."

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    Former Employee - Nursery Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Nursery Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great location! Some well-meaning staff/colleagues.

    Cons

    Low salary, impossible to afford living within 30 miles of job site! Lack of respectful work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what's happening in the field.


  10. "Golden Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    The Conservancy is very financially stable for a nonprofit, which is good for employees. Great leadership and a passionate workforce. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of different work locations so some employees might not feel connected to the larger work community.


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