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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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3.7
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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Executive Director Jeff Trandahl (no image)
Jeff Trandahl
9 Ratings
  1. "Kind people"

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    Communications in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    Pros

    Extremely kind people. Great values. Good work

    Cons

    Few entry level jobs. Few internal promotions

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2019-06-14
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Incredibly high turnover is for a reason"

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    Former Employee - Grants Administrator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation is overall quite good when considered with the benefits package. Though buyer beware, many of those benefits are difficult to utilize due to red tape surrounding them. PTO and Health benefits are some of the best you will find in the DC non-profit world. Commonly there are free meals and there are always snacks in the office. The office is also newly renovated. Most senior level staff are professional, caring, and good at their jobs. NFWF has some major reach and seems to be relatively respected in DC.

    Cons

    Perhaps one of the biggest discussed "problems" at NFWF is the insane turnover in the grants administration department. Higher level staff have attempted to solve this by increasing pay and benefits, but that's not the problem. The problem is the almost entire lack of respect or value that is had for people in the position. Due to the internal hiring out of this department almost exclusively it ends up creating a hazing like environment where mid-level employees move up and then treat entry level employees how they were treated as this is the only job environment they have known. This isn't even really an unspoken cultural issue in the office. It's something directly communicated to entry-level employees. The, you are lucky to have this job, we can easily replace you and will is a constant reminder. Another issue from massive internal hiring is the promotion path does not allow for any field experience. This has caused much of the mid-level program coordinators and even some managers to have little to no experience implementing conservation programs. Higher level staff at the Senior level are generally hired externally and do have considerable experience however. Mid-level employees in different departments seem to have a lot of personal issues with one another and this causes breakdowns in communication and collaboration that makes work difficult considering how important that is for the organization. Decisions that need to be made on critical issues with take an eternity and senior management will end up doing several different things anyway.

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    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2018-06-24
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not a bad place to work, with some quirks"

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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    Pros

    You can expect a COLA and small bonus almost automatically most years, which is different from most nonprofits I've worked at. Others have noted that the benefits add immense value to the salaries. I felt positively about the mission and values the whole time I was there - they really do care about conservation and try to have a measurable impact.

    Cons

    NFWF prides itself on being "lean," meaning most of the staff feels overworked and underappreciated, especially at the mid levels where opportunities for raises or promotions are few (guess what gender this group mostly is - which is not a problem unique to NFWF, of course). This affects the culture and morale. Program/science staff and comms seem to feel it the most or maybe that was just my observation bias.

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    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2018-02-22
  4. Helpful (2)

    "No Telecommuting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, peers, cause, funding

    Cons

    Lack of work from home flexibility Low salaries for entry and mid-level staff Low annual increases Unclear promotion path Favoritism runs rampant

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2018-01-06
  5. "Employer"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, good cause

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility, internal communications

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2017-07-19
  6. "Great place to work"

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    I worked at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    Pros

    Fulfilling career with great people by your side. Has alot of reach esp for a nonprofit. Exciting work and ability to make a difference in wildlife conservation.

    Cons

    Little flexibility on work from home but significant number of vacation days to make up for it

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2017-05-30
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good cause, over worked"

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    I worked at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    Pros

    good cause, great peers, goof benefits

    Cons

    over worked, terrible compensation, disorganized

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2016-09-26
  8. "Great Company with Amazing benefits."

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    Finance in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. 3-4 weeks vacation. Maternity leave. Personal days. Dental and Vision paid for. Flexible schedule. Christmas week off.

    Cons

    Nothing so far since I just started

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2016-06-13
  9. "Budget and Compliance Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation full-time

    Pros

    This is a very interesting place to work. The staff are very friendly

    Cons

    Some department are still trying to improve in terms of work/policy

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2015-10-26
  10. Helpful (10)

    "Foundation focuses too much on pretend employee morale; not enough on career development/growth"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    Pros

    -Great benefits package (generous vacation offered) -Great (if mostly absent) Executive Director -HR makes an attempt to promote employee morale (monthly staff gatherings) -Stylish office -Nice to know you're working for a great cause

    Cons

    -Very little opportunity for career growth -HR shows an appalling lack of confidence in current employees' abilities and capabilities (new positions are often posted externally without giving current employees the benefit of seeing if they have newly acquired skills/education that would make them eligible for the position). -"Promotions" are often just employees moving to another entry-level position. No "real" growth/promotion potential. -Head of HR more concerned with protecting the organization rather than addressing employee concerns. Very insincere and disingenuous. Does not create a welcoming attitude that invites one to confide/trust organization with career/personal concerns. -Organization often more concerned with redecorating the office rather than focusing on developing a career development plan for employees. Organization is more "style than substance" in this regard. -Performance reviews are for show. No real development plan results from these reviews. -Senior Management can be a bit arrogant, distant and "out of touch" with grunt workers. -Monthly get-togethers usually result in segregated grouping (seniors, entry-levels, departments), so the point of the exercise is futile.

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    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation2012-05-22
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