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Updated November 13, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. 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


  4. 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.


  5. 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


  6. "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


  7. "Overall review"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Cause of Organisation
    Flexibility
    Management
    Scientific expertise

    Cons

    Scarce advancement prospects
    Financially vulnerable, dependent heavily on donations
    No benefits unless a t Headquarters or very senior
    Massive salary discrepancies with Heasdquarters

  8. "Not the best NGO to work for"

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    Current Employee - Project Officer in Gland (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Gland (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IUCN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people and flexible work environment

    Cons

    1. No chance for career growth
    2. Lots of internal changes happening now, therefore lots of inestability
    3. If you are no friend of management, no promotion possibilities.

    Advice to Management

    1. Improve transparency across all levels.
    2. The recruitment process for managers need to be selective when hiring managers who knows how to manage


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Asia Region and Country Programme work culture and way-forward"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great knowledge hub.
    2. Exceptional initiatives globally.
    3. Lot of organizational value in terms of understanding/learning dynamics of work overlapping Governmental and Non-governmental approaches and cultures.
    4. Potential to lead global environmental agenda.

    Cons

    1. IUCN is project based though it titles itself as programmes - this is misleading and creates an array of wrongs for prospective, existing staff and the organisational pitch as well.
    2. Negligible or non-existent career development possibility within the system.
    3. Salary is too low in country programmes.
    4. In the changed system of human resources, consistent and quality work is not compensated in terms of raise or career development.
    5. Regional offices depend heavily on country programmes' project banking successes.

    Advice to Management

    1. Have a devoted Fund Raising teams at the regional offices at the very least (If not at the country programme level at present).
    2. Raise compensation packages rewarding quality existing staff.
    3. Aim for bigger projects - this cannot be achieved with eroding quality staff and burdening tripple the responsibility on individuals. It NEVER works out in the long run. IUCN is now in that "long-run".
    4. Kindly dispose of the wrong impression that there are many quality environmental/development professionals - there are not! And those junior staff that IUCN helps train leave precisely due to this short-sightedness of management. Compensation-Compensation-Compensation - Please rethink it.

    I loved working for IUCN and want the organisation to thrive. Thus, such candid critique, comes fluently from a No-harm-meant place! It's rather satisfactory to work for an organisation of such values as IUCN in essence upholds. All the best.


  10. "Good name to have on resume but no knowledge addition"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Intern in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Understanding mentors to work with.

    Cons

    Poor time management which creates last minute panic states

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management


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