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Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "NatureServe"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NatureServe full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule with good benefits. Laid-back atmosphere. Doing something good for the planet while you work.

    Cons

    Not much room for professional growth. No annual raises.


  2. "Important work, but not enough capacity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NatureServe full-time

    Pros

    Using scientific method and data to save the nature

    Cons

    It pays non-executives very low. The organization itself and many people working here have financial struggles.

  3. "NatureServe"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is very easy to feel at home at NatureServe. The staff is fantastic, and the work is inspiring.
    The mid-level supervisors are the ones that are truly helping their staff.
    Collaboration between lower/mid staff are great, but fail once senior leadership gets involved.

    Cons

    Staff gets caught up in minor projects and details which take so much time to complete.
    Funding is definitely a problem, some employees are hustling to keep their jobs.
    Lack of communications between divisions- some of the work is being done twice.
    Pay is very low for the area.
    The leadership team is not leadership material. Although VPs are great in what they do, they lack direction when it comes to leadership. Sometimes leadership fails to consult with employees or each other on major decisions.
    There is a serious lack of departmental collaboration and an issue of haves and have-nots. Serious lack of understanding that we are all moving towards the same goal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hoarding "power"
    Be more transparent with staff


  4. "Disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NatureServe full-time

    Pros

    Great People wonderful environment for the most park. Very laid back and easy to work for most of the time.

    Cons

    Red tape and management disorganization. Like the blind leading the blind with zero trust.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those who know more than you and take into consideration their experience. Management doesn't know everything about everything.


  5. "Not the best place if you are not type A"

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    Former Employee - GIS Database Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - GIS Database Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NatureServe full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Into saving trees and keeping the environment clean. Reduce waste, and garbage print.

    Cons

    Too absorbed in individual personalities that there is no real team dynamic.
    Infighting for resources due to cap on expenditure on IT infrastructure and people.

    Advice to Management

    The air is too uptight for a non profit claiming to be driven to achieve in IT for Nature Conservancy. Flexibility around work schedules and investment in the people especially those in IT


  6. "Smart, dedicated, compassionate people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at NatureServe full-time

    Pros

    - The work was interesting and allowed for a lot of creativity
    - As opposed to other sectors I had worked in, the people here really cared about getting high-quality work done, not clocking in and clocking out
    - I experienced the best supervisor-employee relationships I can imagine - and I think I am not alone in this! A supervisor who makes their employees feel like valued colleagues is a real asset.

    Cons

    - Because the work of this organization is essential but underfunded, some of the processes and software that employees must work with are clunky. It is hard for the organization to take major financial risks to make visionary updates to its internal processes
    - Compensation is tough for the DC metro area

    Advice to Management

    I think most organizations struggle with how to best capture ideas that lower-level employees may have for improving organizational processes and direction. NatureServe struggles with this LESS than most, but I suppose there's always room for improvement.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NatureServe (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great place to work, inspiring colleagues, good benefits, great flexibility.

    Cons

    Pay is tough for the metro DC area.

  8. "Full Stack Java/JavaScript Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, 35 hour work week, collaborative environment, work on products used across most of the United States and Canada, laid-back atmosphere, people passionate about their work

    Cons

    Salary is on the mid-end. Cost of living increases, but no bonuses or performance incentives. Limited development team means everyone has to cross-train a bit. Legacy projects can be a bit painful to wade through. Budgeting of some projects can be tight, leading to having to try and squeeze out a lot of work in a short time

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes there are too many projects for the number of people and they are split too many different directions. Better focusing efforts on particular projects in stretches would be nice sometimes, but budget doesn't always stretch for that. Better padding of estimates for eventualities would be good too, as would better handling of feature creep when requests come in that aren't strictly necessary.


  9. "Conservation organisation with bright, wonderful and dedicated people"

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    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Arlington, VA
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have a great mission that they are effective in fulfilling. The people are both capable and kind. It is the kind of place where almost as many people celebrate their >15 year anniversaries as 1st.

    Cons

    As a non-profit the organization has focused greatly on their mission, but has not always been successful at ensuring they are able to compensate staff at an adequate level. They do make up for this somewhat with a good benefits package and plenty of flexibility in the work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people as much as your mission. They are the ones that make you successful.


  10. "Great organization, with top notch people doing important work."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Arlington, VA
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    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting, diverse work that clearly contributes to a unique and important mission. Committed employees and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low compensation. Inadequate resources to complete work as scoped sometimes leads to a stressful work environment.


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