Ocean Conservancy Reviews

Updated Jan 31, 2020

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Ocean Conservancy CEO Janis Searles Jones (no image)
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4 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company culture that really values work life balance. Working in relevant pressing issues. Highly passionate educated staff. Lots of fun.

    Cons

    Hard to break into for full time work

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic environment"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The organization is growing. The benefits are great. Top notch healthcare. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Interestingly enough, the organizational culture is not good at all. A lot of close minded folks and toxicity. Some of the managers/directors are able to grow because they play it politically well, not because they are good.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, no accountability"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Development in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great mission with staff who are passionate their work, a financially healthy organization

    Cons

    Little to none camaraderie, absolutely no accountability from leadership or HR to managers which creates a toxic work environment, little to no room for professional growth

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a safe place for people of color or women"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ocean Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    There are some nice people. Mission is great.

    Cons

    Policies for promotions and wage increases are vague which allow managers and supervisors to make unfair decisions based on their own personal biases. You see people of color and women working three times as hard as others, but never get recognition or promotions. They only have additional work thrust upon their already full plate and they aren't fairly compensated. There is no accountability to stop a culture where some people are continuously mistreated and underpaid because their manager or supervisor doesn't like them for personal reasons. Several people have been fired and there is no transparency to staff why it happened. It's not only tolerated, it is supported. It's hard to witness.

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  5. "Government Affairs Intern"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    The people who work here are very friendly and motivated. Good work life balance. Pleasure to work here.

    Cons

    I had no problems working here.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Wickedly smart people"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ocean Conservancy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Really intelligent people are doing impressive work in a uniquely collaborative environment. The concept of team is always focused on the organization as a whole. We are all dependent on one another and that is acknowledged/emphasized often.

    Cons

    Lots of really smart driven people working together create a really fast paced environment. It can be hard to keep up sometimes.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "great organization but..."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great benefits and nice people

    Cons

    The department was extremely condescending. There's no growing opportunities, unless you're favored and kiss up to them.

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  8. "It's great!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Ocean Conservancy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ocean Conservancy is a great place to work!

    Cons

    Fast-paced, so you need to appreciate hard work and striving for excellence.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Cool org that's lost its focus"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy

    Pros

    Compelling mission; well developed fundraising team. Cool program work supported by great team.

    Cons

    No clear career path. New CEO was chosen out of management consulting and had zero practical experience actually running an organization, no knowledge of ocean issues, and no real fundraising experience. No wonder budget is down 20% across the board two years after he was hired. Organization seems to have lost its focus and needs to innovate to surfie.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Policy Analyst"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Fisheries Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Do great work to improve the state of our world's oceans

    Cons

    Typical woes of non-profit work ... lots of hours for little pay or recognition.

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