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The Nature Conservancy Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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The Nature Conservancy President and CEO Mark R. Tercek
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  • Since its a non-profit organization, there is no annual profit to share, like any other profit company in Mexico (in 14 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)

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  1. "Long"

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    Former Employee - Technology and Information Systems Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Technology and Information Systems Operations Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing organization to work for. They really take care of their employees.

    Cons

    Not the best but also not the worst in compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring people that care about nature, it does make a difference.


  2. "Great benefits, great mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong mission, good benefits, hardworking people

    Cons

    can be bureacratic, change can be slow


  3. "Donor Relations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    Great cause with really good people.

    Cons

    It's difficult to move up.


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  5. "Great organization - needs to move even faster"

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depth of talent in conservation and conservation finance; collaborative culture; breadth of expertise across science, policy, and fundraising

    Cons

    Excessively conservative decision making - difficult at times to take risks

    Advice to Management

    Be more ambitious - TNC is positioned better than almost anyone to drive on the ground results. Hire more leaders with a reputation for driving big breakthroughs in conservation.


  6. "Good on the way to great"

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

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with really smart and driven people who care about the world around them. "You come for the mission; and stay because of the colleagues!"

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement were lacking but there; you just have to seek them out.


  7. "HR Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for an important mission; opportunities to grow; great benefits

    Cons

    Sr management don't walk the talk; hard to find a sr leader with good people leadership skills.

    Advice to Management

    Walk around; talk to your people; if you are in the world office visit other floors rather than just sitting where you are.


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    "Great mission, office culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work towards a meaningful mission with talented, intelligent, interesting, and hard-working co-workers and volunteers. Room for advancement and strong professional development opportunities, lots of on the job learning resources. Good pay and benefits for an environmental non-profit. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive with for-profit work, working for a mission you believe in can make it challenging to find your work life balance depending on the individual.


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    "Great mission but low salaries at HQ"

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    Former Employee - Donor Relations Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Donor Relations Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, great teams. Promotes from within.

    Cons

    CEO prides himself in offering low salaries to employees. Little opportunities to grow if you are in an admin position. Not a diverse organization in terms of minorities and women in upper management positions. Reorganizations are common along with the firings that go along with it, while upper management salaries are way inflated. They are slow to fire inept, ineffective leaders, they take years to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for the sacred cows, TNC needs new fresh managers. It would be nice to have actually Latin Americans managing the entire Latin America region. Don't be telling us in townhalls that one of the great things about TNC is the low salaries, that is truly demotivating. Look at the turnover you have of great employees either long term or in mid career, that says something about their lack of opportunities at TNC, you are losing great talent.


  10. "It gets better the closer you get to the land . . ."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspirational mission
    Mission-oriented, dedicated staff
    Thinks globally, acts locally
    Many highly decentralized operating units
    Flexible work environment
    Best field visits ever

    Cons

    Sometimes the HQ Executive Leadership gets enthralled by the latest buzz, and moves out ahead of the organization - burdening it with layers of costs - without resulting in any tangible benefits, before getting enthralled by the next shiny object. These Exec folks are not as dyed in the values as the local on the ground staff, since they sometimes work at TNC because that's the only job they could land in the beltway. TNC definitely gets better the closer you get to the land in the field offices . . .

    Advice to Management

    Put "Continuity of Purpose" back into TNC's values (it used to be there!); Home Office/Worldwide HQ staff should avoid mission-drift by seeking the next shiny object; lighten the overhead at the Worldwide office, and distribute more funds to the field offices!


  11. "A great season"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love the variety of work that is associated with working at The Nature Conservancy. During this last growing season, I was able to participate in five prescribed fires, do many days of chainsaw work, reinforce a culvert, assist in building a creek bed crossing and collect seed while traveling about Iowa and seeing some of the unique ecosystems this state has to offer. Which I personally was never aware of.

    Cons

    It is out door work so all the cons that come with the benefit of working outside, heat, bugs, rain, dung, and too much sun but these are the hazards of an awesome job I will take them.

    Advice to Management

    Managers of the nature conservancy keep doing a bang up job on acquiring unique and threatened ecosystems and invest in your employees on the ground. The systems you obtain will not remain healthy without active management which needs employees on the ground doing the hands on work.



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