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Updated February 12, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. "IUCN Company Review"

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    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


  4. "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.


  5. 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "disappointed."

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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.


  7. "So fat so good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work culture is flexible, I had a great time with the colleagues

    Cons

    less support from senior, sometimes they dont see what you need

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Advice on working here"

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    Former Employee - Secretary General in Gland (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Secretary General in Gland (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work and combination of other organisations in building and close by means it is useful to make contacts with everybody

    Cons

    Interns have too short a period to learn the job but it is very good experience as a stepping stone for other jobs

    Advice to Management

    The systems of admin are a little old fashioned and conditions are not being improved for international staff and in some cases are rather poor comparatively to UN conditons


  9. Helpful (1)

    "oldest international conservation organiztion of 50+ years has little to show"

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    Former Employee - Manager-Programs in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Manager-Programs in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is potential to make great impact if management is serious.

    Cons

    No intellectual stimulation. If you give any idea that is different from the management, they get rid of you as they are so small-minded to feel any idea they didn't come up with is a criticism of them. Corruption, nepotism, false communication stories, arrogant, no vision, spreading lies and rumors are the norm and taken to an art form. Back-biting against each other, no principles, no ethic, no integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Needs complete revamp. See what others have already said about the management. They want workers that are robots and who will only obey orders. Donors and headquarters should investigate Asia Regional Office.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work environment was ok. variety of topics in projects managed.

    Cons

    Fundraising is always an issue, which adds stress to day to day work, creating uncertainty. Recommended only if the person thrives in that situation.


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