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Ocean Conservancy Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Policy Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Fisheries Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fisheries Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time (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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Ocean Conservancy"

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart and dedicated people work here. Work balance is good. While the pay may not be great, the health benefits are great.

    Cons

    no upward mobility. Top heavy organization, with over 50% of Ocean Conservancy's staff are upper management. In the program I work in the managers tend towards a CYA policy first then employees second. Managers tend to take credit for your work, literally, this has happened in front of me at meetings. Managers have little to no training on how to manage, resulting in very dysfunctional team dynamic. Poor decision making skills, huge lack of communitcation and trust of staff. Tendency is towards micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of managers to staff. Fewer managers and more staff is what the dynamic should be.
    Get training and learn to trust employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Non-Profit"

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    Former Employee - Executive Support to Senior Vice President in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Executive Support to Senior Vice President in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work doing something of value.
    Great benefits.
    Care about employees.

    Cons

    Slow to take action, and implement change.

    Advice to Management

    Can't think of any.


  4. "It's great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ocean Conservancy full-time (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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cool org that's lost its focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Annonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    - nice people
    - work/life balance
    - good work

    Cons

    - communications breakdowns between departments, management, and junior staff


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Organization with a great mission but not much room for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    If you're proactive, you can make an impact in the organization.

    Cons

    Office culture isn't community oriented. Individual programs have a team feel, but there's not an overall team feel that bonds the whole organization. I wished this organization had a culture of leading by example.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for leadership development and give merit awards based on effort and hard work. Don't call a cost of living increase a merit award.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Your experience will be determined by your immediate supervisor and the President/CEO at the time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ocean Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good cause, friendly people. It was a rewarding experience overall and my colleagues were great, however my supervisor would take credit for my ideas, never showed up to work on time (if at all), and was quick to blame me for any mistakes or shortcomings on projects.

    Cons

    Lots of playing favorites, unqualified managers, and back-biting. HR is also useless in resolving real conflict between employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to take a interest in the growth and development of the employees below the upper management levels.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good NGO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, good environment, some very good co-workers. Good location downtown.

    Cons

    Organization has had a couple of instances where they grew too fast and had to cut staffing, so new positions may end up on the chopping block, unfortunately. Also the usual silo-ing of information you see in non-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Grow slower and smarter, but overall a good organization with good leadership.