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Updated May 15, 2018
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  1. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "IUCN is the largest environmental network and reach is far beyond expectation"

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    Former Employee - Manager, Sustainable Transport in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Former Employee - Manager, Sustainable Transport in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    IUCN is a very huge network and is recognized globally as a very credible organization. It is extremely good learning platform and provides immense exposure to young and mid-carrier professionals

    Cons

    It is being very badly managed due to self-centered senior managers and also those having vested interests. Due to limited structure, the organization has now growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management, get ride of selfish managers and strategically focus on market trends


  4. Helpful (2)

    "IUCN - a great organization to work with"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Coordinator in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Former Employee - Programmer Coordinator in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IUCN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and work; international organization but deeply rooted in local ethics; tolerance and equity; a family like environment

    Cons

    Outdated approach towards business development and operations; personalised management of regional and country programmes; inability to adapt with the changing environment


  5. "Mixed feelings."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great cause to work for.

    Cons

    Lack of vision from management.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together!


  6. "extremely good organization where one can contribute to full of his/her potential"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Coordinator in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Programmer Coordinator in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Family like environment
    Working for a casue - environmental sustainability
    Linkages to global experience and exposure
    Sense of accomplishment
    An opportunity to create harmony and balance between nature and human

    Cons

    Not a good paymaster, non-competitive to job market
    Individualisation of functions due to historical reasons
    Declining interest of bilateral and multilateral donors towards environment sector


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great when I started, sucked when I left!"

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    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Manager in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Manager in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IUCN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    On the programme side, many informal opportunities available to learn and grow.

    Cons

    No career path left, staff who disagree with management are told they are not indispensible!

    Advice to Management

    More interest in the organizations growth is required. Major overhaul required in terms of transparency and communications.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities and international exposure

    Cons

    Long working hours with less time for family and social activities

    Advice to Management

    Please raise our compensation to match more closely with market trend and hire only professionally qualified people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Increasing bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IUCN full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and genuine people, noble cause, science-based, focus on value added to conservation world and therefore highly regarded in the sector. Real international experience international, notably at the World Conservation Congress happening every 4 years. Wide variety of partners, members and experts give IUCN a unique access to networks.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is increasing therefore more staff time is spent on new procedures, which takes away from real impact. Flawed internal communications which no one takes responsibility for and is not helped by the increasingly hierarchical structure. The introduction of "matrix management" is confusing to both staff and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Added time spent on procedures is a risk for attracting potential donors. Projects often start small before they go big.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Organisation in transformation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gland (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gland (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission driven organisation
    People are committed

    Cons

    Poor systems in place, needs serious improvements and investments in this area.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people development
    Give space to innovation and new ideas


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