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Updated September 20, 2018
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  1. "Mission-driven; coordination often lacking"

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    • Senior Management
    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)


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "It’s changing for the better"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. "IUCN Company Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Organisation, Access to Knowledge Databases, Diverse Approach

    Cons

    Reach, Bureaucracy at some levels

    Advice to Management

    Can improve upon the employee services

  8. "Cosultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IUCN (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Informal, creative, friendly environment with clear guidelines and procedures, that help to reach best possible results in work. Good and timely rewards.

    Cons

    Due of nature of consultant work, extensive travelling is real cons for some extends. Renewal and prolongation of yearly contract is one of annoying things, also.

    Advice to Management

    Need to put more strategic and planning efforts to keep current program and project activities pipeline healthy - in terms to keep contracted consultants at place.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and great team of colleagues

    Cons

    Redundancy and downsizing employees anytime,sometimes its done in a very dishonest way.

    Advice to Management

    Please motivate your employees by minimizing declaring employees redundant. Enhance job security


  10. Helpful (1)

    "disappointed."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IUCN (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diversity of contacts. Decent salary for the industry. Good line on CV.

    Cons

    An NGO managed and staffed like a public service. Recent changes in leading policy lines are not those that were historically promoted, as a result, I don't feel that my values are well represented anymore.


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