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National Wildlife Federation Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Feel good place to work + great people"

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    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with the impact we were having. Truly aligned with my beliefs. Also, a big enough non-profit that it had a corporate feel which can be a positive thing (good systems in place, resources, etc).

    Cons

    Constant issues with budget, laid people off, leadership change.


  2. "Great place to work, moving up difficult"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Wildlife Federation full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great location, lots of passionate and professional people, some telework opportunities based on loaction

    Cons

    No clear paths to move up, need to share job postings within organizations

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong reputation. Passionate members.

    Cons

    Major identity crisis organization. Struggles finding position between wildlife conservation, outdoorsmen/hunters/anglers, climate change advocates, kids/families outdoors, etc. Can't compete with boots on the ground conservation organizations. Their media spokesperson is now on a pet show. How weird and odd. Upper management were sliced and diced under new CEO but many wrong staff were cut. Lots of in-fighting and money wasted.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your niche and stick to it.


  4. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time

    Pros

    The people, the work, and the time-off are incredible! The people are so passionate and make it worth your wild.

    Cons

    Frustrations include: Decision making at the top level is frustrating, management didn't seem to listen to their staff, promotion is challenging, and salaries low for the high expectations of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Work on workplace diversity and seek advice from lower level staff on taking organization risks.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - National Sportsmen's Outreach Coordinator in Luther, OK
    Current Employee - National Sportsmen's Outreach Coordinator in Luther, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Wildlife Federation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    NWF has an excellent work environment, they foster thinking outside of the box and have great benefits. The organization is focused on passing legislation for wildlife conservation and has been very successful since it was started in the 1930's.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow in listening, its also hard to move up in the job unless you are in the headquarters.


  6. "Overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Incline Village, NV
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Incline Village, NV

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great community of people who are passionate about the organization's mission.

    Cons

    Many changes in upper management and many people laid off.


  7. "Mission creep was a problem"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Riverdale, MD
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Riverdale, MD

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    passionate, smart, hard working people

    Cons

    top-heavy org chart, limited guidance

    Advice to Management

    more diversity of thoughts and experiences needed

  8. "Program Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The organization has a fun and passionate environment. You work with really brilliant people that are willing to guide, prepare and answer to your needs as a junior staffer. Staff is very passionate for the cause, and it's a great motivating factor when working long, busy days. NWF genuinely cares for their employees and provides them with fun activities to do in the office and are quick to find a reason to celebrate with one another. Great perks like paid holidays (and the day before the holiday too) and great work/life balance. They offer a great remote working policy too.

    Cons

    It's a conservation organization so it is always struggling financially. Positions generally do not pay very well, but the organization tries to make up for that by giving you options of working remotely. There doesn't seem to be much room for advancement, most junior staffers leave as opposed to getting a promotion. It is also very top heavy. Lots of VPs, not enough managerial positions.

    Advice to Management

    When interviewing junior staff, be honest and let them know there is pretty much no room for advancement within the org.


  9. "NWF"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Positive mission, team players. Management seemed concerned with employees job satisfaction

    Cons

    Because of it being a charity, layoffs were always a constant threat, especially in this difficult economy

    Advice to Management

    Provide more job security to your employees


  10. "Strongly passive-aggressive atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Senior Campaign Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Campaign Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Wildlife Federation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful offices
    Overall, good people and positive mission

    Cons

    Difficult commute
    More passive-aggressiveness than I've witnessed before or since
    Menial work


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