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Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • The Bronx Zoo is a fun environment where you get to interesting meet people from all over the world (in 11 reviews)

  • The pros of the organization is the work that they do, work environment ( cant beat the zoo) and my colleagues (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge with such an important mission (in 4 reviews)

  • Leadership tends to be petty and cheap, as a result, both the Bronx Zoo and the staff are tenuously held together (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great learning environment with motivated staff."

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    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn alongside program curators and senior teachers.

    Cons

    Uneven student to teacher ratio.


  2. "Intern for Fundraising Operations Dept"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and good opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Low base salary and free wednesdays are chaotic

    Advice to Management

    Interact more with lower level employees

  3. "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong mission, great campus at Bronx Zoo

    Cons

    Political work culture, overwork employees, big egos

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the org


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Global Resources is not the place you want to start a nonprofit career"

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    Former Employee - Development Associate in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Development Associate in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Bronx Zoo is a beautiful setting to work in and theoretically the organization is accomplishing conservation goals on an international scale. If you are graced with the opportunity as one of the special chosen to move up, then eventually you can be paid quite well.

    Cons

    -Petty, spiteful middle management
    -Mixed directions with little regard for propriety, e.g. Want to get 5 am text messages from your supervisor asking for an address because they didn't prepare the previous day and don't know where they're going to meet a donor that morning?
    -Laughably small salary compared to identical positions in other nonprofits of the same size
    -To progress in your career, you'll have to leave or benefit from nepotism
    -Want to work more than 40 hours a week because your supervisor can't accomplish basic tasks like showing up to a meeting on time, thus requiring you to stay late? Don't expect overtime cause you're an exempt employee!

    Advice to Management

    Minimal management training and common decency would go a long way. Treating administrative staff as though you would like for them to stay longer than a year would be ideal. Look up the definition of microaggression and consider how you contribute to that in the workplace!

    Ultimately just be nicer to your employees and cut down on the backbiting, or increase their salaries to a living wage to compensate for the general hostility. The new CEO has done little to address the problem individuals within Global Resources, or change the overall culture. I have never dreaded going to work the way I did here!


  5. "Not so great"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good employment opportunities for conservation scientists

    Cons

    not so great for other business related careers

    Advice to Management

    decision making too centralized


  6. Helpful (2)

    "don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros to this job or company that I saw.

    Cons

    poor treatment of staff. hard to move ahead/ lack of growth. worked 60+ hours per week with no recognition. some staff would sleep over because they had to leave so late and be back again so early.

    Advice to Management

    care more. HR department was a joke - 90% of department quit and they didn't think something was wrong?


  7. "Excellent place to work."

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    Current Employee - Director in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Director in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The full-time staff are very dedicated, smart people - whether working on the zoo/aquarium side or the global conservation side.

    Cons

    Some people have been here forever and are stuck in the way they've done things for years. They need a little shake-up here and there.

    Advice to Management

    Always be open to change and improvement.

  8. "Learning and Capacity Building Intern"

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    Current Intern - Learning and Capacity Building in Bronx, NY
    Current Intern - Learning and Capacity Building in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open and honest managers
    Different types of projects to work on
    Many opportunities to gain feedback on work

    Cons

    Some days are slower than others but this is expected in any internship.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! I have a wonderful experience interning at the Wildlife Conservation Society. I believe that I have enhanced my experience in learning and development through this internship.


  9. "Excellent organization"

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    Former Employee - Writer in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Writer in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -You contribute to the fight to save wildlife
    -Excellent colleagues, good mentors

    Cons

    -The pay isn't high
    -It takes a long time to advance


  10. "Decent for Young Adults"

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fixed Hours, Potential for Overtime

    Cons

    Exposed to the elements, Zoo remains open during winter, poor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of the conditions your workers are working under.


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