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The Nature Conservancy Employee Reviews about "conservation"

Updated Nov 8, 2019

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The Nature Conservancy CEO Sally Jewell (no image)
Sally Jewell
10 Ratings
Pros
  • "Awesome work/life balance (35 hour work week)(in 43 reviews)

  • "Large conservation organization working on a lot of initiatives provides ample opportunity to learn and grow(in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • "People supporting day-to-day operations can feel very far removed from the conservation work on the ground(in 15 reviews)

  • "Still a non-profit, so you have to be patient with the pace of change(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Inspiring Work with Amazing People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    - Large conservation organization working on a lot of initiatives provides ample opportunity to learn and grow. - Robust professional development opportunities. - Great diversity, equity, and inclusion program with employee resource groups - Leadership seems engaged and committed to listening to employees and continuous improvement - Get to work every day to make the world a better place - Competitive... compensation and benefit package (plus 35-hour workweeks!) - Core organizational values drive policies

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    Cons

    - Significant career growth often requires relocation - There can sometimes be a disconnect between the local and national offices - It can be challenging to keep up with what other offices are working on

    The Nature Conservancy2019-01-07
  2. "Great goals, top heavy hierarchy in the payment structure"

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    Former Employee - Practitioner 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great ideas and land protection strategies.

    Cons

    Poorly staffed at the conservation level, much more attention focused on donors than the follow through on the conservation efforts at the land management level.

    Advice to Management

    Treat those at the bottom with a bit more loyalty and respect.

    The Nature Conservancy2019-11-09
  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Policy Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    working for conservation, competitive benefits and salaries relative to other non-profits, the organization is in a process of self-reflection and their are opportunities for employee input

    Cons

    no clear path to higher levels of employment in the organization, limited HR capacity, in the process of rehiring several higher level positions

    The Nature Conservancy2019-10-16
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    "TNC offers stability and a mission worth working toward"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, genuinely good people working hard on important issues, high level of awareness of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and actively working to embed these principles into the conservation work and the everyday office environment.

    Cons

    Due to the historically flat hierarchical structure of the organization, individual programs/chapters can be run very differently and priorities can vary wildly from one program to the next. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that an employee's experience and success or failure with one program can be very different from another's. Also, balancing workload with available capacity is an ongoing... issue. TNC wants to do it all but continues to struggle with having enough people to accomplish it all.

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    Advice to Management

    Supervisors and managers need more training in actual management skills, and employees should be encouraged/empowered to take advantage of leadership learning opportunities.

    The Nature Conservancy2019-05-09
  5. "Overall, great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director of Conservation 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The largest conservation organization has the biggest reach to work on the most pressing conservation issues and the biggest philanthropy machinery to fund it all. Staff are motivated, kind, welcoming, and mission-driven.

    Cons

    TNC is very large and bureaucratic compared to other eNGOs. It can be difficult to navigate the organization set-up of HQ offices and programs, state chapters, and country programs. TNC is "touchy-feely" so depending on your personality you might appreciate that sensitivity or be frustrated by it.

    The Nature Conservancy2019-01-23
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Look carefully before you leap"

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    Former Employee - Philanthropy Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great conservation staff, very dedicated and smart. Ability to work with colleagues in other chapters and units across US and abroad. Nonpartisan approach, this nonprofit excels in bringing many viewpoints to bear on conservation problems. Wide variety of free courses available for further training. Inspiring landscapes to visit and explore.

    Cons

    Philanthropy methods are dated and some systems barely functional. Science staff have scant knowledge of basics of philanthropy, and while willing to participate, are ill prepared to work with donors. Micromanagement of philanthropy officers, often by under-qualified staff. Difficult to quantify and explain in detail what the conservancy does at chapter and national level; great resistance to obtaining that... information. Diversity absent -- the photo on the "careers" web site must be every person of color in the entire organization. Women remain under-represented at leadership level (see top salaries on TNC's 990, via guidestar.org) and on boards, and especially in conservation. Chapters freely change job descriptions and development metrics to suit their particular needs. Extremely cliquish at the upper levels and difficult for new people to access these networks. Culture is extremely strict, feels like you must "drink the kool-aid" to succeed. A "know it all" ethos pervasive.

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    Advice to Management

    Fix your development shop -- set position and metrics guidelines and stick to them. Ask philanthropy staff what reports and systems would be useful. Make chapter activities and finances transparent and public. To increase diversity, follow existing models such as Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. Eliminate non-performers. National leadership should exercise greater oversight of chapter boards and activities.

    The Nature Conservancy2018-12-31
  7. "Such a cool organization! Perfect for my personal goals and professional career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I am overjoyed to have joined TNC. They literally have an evidence-based framework with an ambitious goal to help save the world, and I am excited for how my work will contribute to that. They have fair compensation, amazing benefits and perks, and a fantastic framework for approaching conservation and community development that benefits both nature and people. It's a great mix of science and community practice. And... professional development is totally integrated into the yearly review process, which I love. Bottom line: my friends and family are absolutely sick of hearing me gush about my perfect new job!

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    Cons

    I can't really think of any at this time, except the fact that I sometimes I want to keep working outside of the normal work hours--which is more about my need to set boundaries.

    Advice to Management

    Truly implement the Strong Voices, Active Choices community practitioner framework throughout global TNC to become an even better organization.

    The Nature Conservancy2018-08-25
  8. "global impact world class perks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    global impact of their work makes you feel like you are making a difference. THe perks of the job like professional development and technical training plus access to technology and funding is huge in conservation

    Cons

    some of the politics required to maintain federal funding levels may be difficult for people who have a very strong moral leaning. there is also cultural differences across the organization and some privilege imbalances especially between predominantly white American counterparts and local partners in other countries.

    Advice to Management

    place more value on the ideas and suggestions of local employees in small island developing states and focus on sustainable job development to reduce layoffs, which happen regularly.

    The Nature Conservancy2018-08-08
  9. Helpful (1)

    "TNC"

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    Current Employee - Director of Conservation in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I work in a state program and love it. Where else can you really make a difference in the conservation world?

    Cons

    World Office leadership is disconnected from reality. But as long as you lay low, and stay off their radar, all is cool. And if you work for a regional or higher office - it seems like you could have your job eliminated at a moment's notice

    Advice to Management

    Understand what your local support base is really expecting from you. Set global priorities without upsetting the local base of support.

    The Nature Conservancy2018-07-31
  10. "Working @ TNC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at The Nature Conservancy full-time

    Pros

    World-class conservation reach and impact Talented professionals and strong relationships across business, communities, and government

    Cons

    Big, bureaucratic, and slow-moving Lots of strategic planning...all the time

    The Nature Conservancy2018-03-27
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