The Nature Conservancy Reviews | Glassdoor

The Nature Conservancy Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
189 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

4.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
The Nature Conservancy President and CEO Mark R. Tercek
Mark R. Tercek
102 Ratings

189 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • It is a non-profit, so the salaries cannot always compete with the for profit guys (in 12 reviews)

  • While there are plenty of 9-to-5ers, you have no such luxury in Marketing, where work-life balance is difficult (in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director of Development"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Development in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Development in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people. Very committed to the mission doing critical work really needed by nature. Pragmatic and effective, truly bipartisan with influential leaders, donors and trustees who can get a seat at the table to champion nature.

    Cons

    Well established systems which can be cumbersome at times. We still manage to create great impact, but we can be a slow moving ship at times. People like working here, and leaders stay in their positions for decades providing limited career opportunities for other staff.

    Advice to Management

    Differentiate where we need to be well established and cautious, versus areas to be nimble and flexible. This will help us be more relevant to younger members of the workforce.


  2. "Loved working there...mostly"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and such a great cause

    Cons

    Leadership and hiring choices were often maddening. In Florida where I worked, there was a revolving door on a director position for years, often the hiring of that person (my boss) was made with little input or without transparency to the detriment of the State Chapter and the department. Some weird state/region/ HQ boundaries that made for the biggest challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Experiment, be more open to try new things while listening to employees who've been around for a few years on the ideal hire.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No Place is Perfect; This is Closer than Many"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    TNC's mission is first class and they believe in it and drive towards it. It feels good to wake up every day and work in a place where people really care about the mission. The people are smart and friendly most of the time. The culture at HQ values congeniality. [work at HQ, mileage may vary in sattelite offices] Unlike a lot of private sector companies, the HR department is empowered to act and cares about getting it right and gives tools to people to help them do it right. Diversity is valued. Work-life balance is respected. For those who are willing to seize all the opportunities available, you can do some really great things that make a difference for the planet. Pay is reasonable for an org this size and in this sector.

    Cons

    Like most orgs in this sector, diversity is valued but there's a long way to go in achieving actual diversity in workforce makeup. An organization this large, with this much history does not change quickly -- those looking to make a "big splash" and "make their mark" will get frustrated at the slow pace of change, but the opportunities to grow and learn are there if you are willing to be proactive in managing your career path. As is often true in big organizations, the higher up you get, the opportunities to advance are less obvious and fewer. Senior leadership tends to shift around a lot -- sometimes it's hard to tell if what they are adapting to is the realities of getting the mission done or the egos in the mix, best to keep your eye on both.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities to experiment -- not everything has to follow the established format. There needs to be greater interaction between HQ and the field so each understands the other's assets and limitations. Provide means to identify key talent and keep growing them in their roles, even if you can't officially move them up readily.


  4. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good mission

    Cons

    Management communication is not clear, they don't spend much time educating their employees about their work and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Should try to educate employees about what is CbD2.0 because most people don't know what actually is


  5. "TNC"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, great people. Lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share


  6. "Great time!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Development Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Development Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office environment
    Good career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Inadequate compensation and mediocre benefits


  7. "Great place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy part-time

    Pros

    TNC has a great culture and awesome mission. They are a global organization so their reach is international which makes it exciting to be a part of it. Very flexible work environment also.

    Cons

    Sometimes being such a big organization can make decision making slow.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, great colleagues, frustrating leadership"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Incredible mission and global conservation priorities; experience to work with smart and amazing people around the globe; respected organization - can be proud to work there. The organization is working to create a better culture. Not seeing that at chapter level. Many opportunities for growth, but oftentimes you will need to be willing to move. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult leadership structure, churn and burn in many places, constant changes in organizational priorities and structure - causes confusion, frustration and creates culture of distrust. Management in chapters is inconsistent and accountability for upholding organizational values is oftentimes overlooked. Culture in some chapters is toxic. Too many really talented and successful professionals have been pushed out or left because they couldn't take it anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Hold state directors accountable for leadership and management. Provide much stronger onboarding and training for directors that come from the private sector with no non-profit and fundraising experience.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't drink the Kool-Aid"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    Great cause. Lots of amazing work in the field,

    Cons

    A political and operational viper's nest. Watch your back. Keep your head down.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work....until they push you out the door"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues. Smart, team players. Work makes a huge difference to the health of the planet. Flexible hours/location. Benefits are good. Mostly ethical.

    Cons

    Continual "re-organization" every year. Organization has a history (EEOC) of age discrimination and forcing employees out in an attempt to not pay severance. Every year colleagues with seniority were canned as a budgeting tool. Lots of diversity focus and splash on the website but very little actual diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of employees.


Showing 189 of 227 reviews
Reset Filters