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Updated December 1, 2017
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IUCN Director General Inger Andersen
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  1. "The organization is only as good as its people"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "It’s changing for the better"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Current Director General is systematizing many things, moving away from the old “NGO-ish “ approach where effort is more important than measurable results.
    - Very welcome changes in HR. After so many years without salary increases we now have a clear, transparent system where rules are known to all and applied consistently. No more “i’ll Get an increase if I’m friends with my director”.
    - The Project Portal is a game changer; Hard to believe that with more than 400 projects in 45+ countries we didn’t have it before.
    - Several managers and directors are really inspiring, ethical and transparent. There’s now a mandatory training Programme for all manager. Good!

    Cons

    -Entitlement mentality from some old timers.
    - Some Directors, while technically strong and respected, have absolutely NO CLUE on how to manage people and lead teams. It’s a real shame! furthermore, others operate in an adversarial or suspectful mindset against HQ (I’m based in the filed, BTW).

    Advice to Management

    - Keep on the good work by introducing long-awaited changes.
    - Get rid of self-serving, unethical manager and directors, or move them to project work. But please don’t entrust them with leading teams.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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