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Updated May 15, 2018
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  1. "The organization is only as good as its people"

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

    I have been working at IUCN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Very flat structure. Senior management is approachable
    - Change process has been very transparent
    - Mission is very strong. Employees truly believe in the mission
    - Hard work leads to success
    - HQ and regions work very closely and cordially as compared to many big international organizations
    - Compensation is fair but there is always room for improvement
    - Flexibility to staff on their work schedules
    - Corporates functions work well with each other

    Cons

    - General benefits (pension and insurances) can be more standardized across all locations

    Advice to Management

    - Could move from old fashioned nature conservation to modern methods. This would need a turnover at the senior management level
    - Improve branding of the organization. Currently seems to be the "best kept secret"


  2. "Junior Professional Associate"

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

    I have been working at IUCN full-time

    Pros

    Great office! Great team! Great Organization

    Cons

    Low salary, hard to make a living

  3. "IUCN DC office review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IUCN full-time

    Pros

    Strong partnerships and meaningful work with policy level impact, diverse individual interests and action that can enhance cross-sectoral approach

    Cons

    Little effort for large scale on-the-ground implementation toward targeted results, with little M&E for impact; no strength to grievance mechanisms and options for reducing hierarchy and institutionalized leadership team management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great experience, friendly environment and people, interesting work load making the job dynamic

    Cons

    Working on large policy documents can be very tedious work


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Program Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IUCN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique experiences, world travel, responsibility over projects.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking, teams can be unorganized, more work than most people can handle.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment, friendly and international staff.

    Cons

    I was not there long enough to notice any


  7. "Operations Manager (Finance and Admin)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jordan, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jordan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big International Organization and they have good system

    Cons

    there is no negative with working with nature

    Advice to Management

    looking for country director

  8. "Mission-driven; coordination often lacking"

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

    I have been working at IUCN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven; staff driven by idealism and commitment to organization's values

    Cons

    Complex structures; lack of coordination amongst units and components (global and regional programmes, Members, Commissions)


  9. Helpful (1)

    "General Review"

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

    I have been working at IUCN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Cause of the Organisation
    -Technical knowledge of staff
    -Products

    Cons

    -Headquarters lives in planet Switzerland, everyone else suffers from non existent benefits, local contracts and low salaries
    -No professional prospects, in many of its sectors, things are slowly - as everything else in this organisation - changing towards the better, but based on the recommendation of one Manager. If you are not on good terms with her/him, you can forget about it. This was anyway the prior basis of getting promoted
    -Organisation is heavily based on funding which is a problem as funding is declining
    -This leads us to insecurity combined with bad management decisions (both in the past and present) - sudden lay offs with out any prior planning or consequences
    - Managers that were made managers overnight, clueless of how to manage people/staff, self centered and caring about their own personal wellbeing
    -Human resources tries to set standards of renouned Intrernational Organisations, to some extent somehow helpful introducing processes that have been used in the pubic and private sector since the stone ages, but overall fails to fulfill the most basic of roles: staff wellbeing
    -Branding of the world's oldest conservation organisation is almost non existent and continues in this direction. First time that I come accross an entity that resents public awareness

    Advice to Management

    Change, change, change. Drastically not superficially.
    Bring experienced managers from the private sector
    Start working with the private sector. Romantic times are long gone. Think strategically and forward for the sake of the organisation


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Highly recommend for anyone wishing to have a great professional exposure"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Journalist in Yaoundé (Cameroon)
    Former Employee - Corporate Journalist in Yaoundé (Cameroon)
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IUCN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A wonderful environment that promotes personal growth and development by providing learning opportunities to employees. Has a good health insurance and life insurance policy

    Cons

    Salaries are not very encouraging. Management could increase pay package of employees to avoid financial malpractices.

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with local media for dissemination of information.


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