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Wildlife Conservation Society Reviews

Updated September 23, 2018
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  1. "Great mission, difficult politics"

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

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Amazing feel-good work supporting the conservation of wildlife and wild places.
    Nice, smart people who have mostly been there forever.

    Cons

    Internal politics can be harrowing. In such a small place where everyone knows each other for so long, policies and strategies are rigid and folks can often be rude and unprofessional to each other because it's such a familiar group.


  2. "Exciting place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast-paced, mission-driven full of dedicated employees

    Cons

    The commute is long; can be hard to get to and from work

  3. "Employee"

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

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time

    Pros

    The benefits of working around wildlife. Amazing co-workers.

    Cons

    Management were not always on the same page. One person will tell you to do something and another will advise you to do something completely different.


  4. "Challenging place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Current Employee - Program Officer

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package, opportunities to travel depending on your position

    Cons

    Crippling bureaucracy, is a tough place to grow


  5. "Don't work here"

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

    Pros

    Friendly chance of full time employment

    Cons

    Promises of advancment upgrade full time

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying


  6. "Children Zoo Associate"

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

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time

    Pros

    I get to work with, help, and care for animals

    Cons

    I have to repeatedly enforce safety rules to the public to ensure the protection of our animals


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Animals are fun to see, some great people.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits below average with a revolving door of staff because of it. Boys Club.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Admirable mission thwarted by terrible management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Terrific mission and decent benefits

    Cons

    There are a couple handfuls of people who have been here a long time but crazy turnover overall. Management is inept and needs serious training. With the inflated egos floating about, that'll never happen. Neither will your growth within the organization. Expect a low salary even by nonprofit standards and long hours beyond 9am-6pm. Work-from-home option is flexible but not encouraged. Internal work atmosphere is chaotic. Dismally low employee morale, seems like everyone is on the verge of quitting. Certain programs are cliquey. Gossip travels fast but that can happen at any workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers. Learn how to foster a more supportive workplace.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay at times"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of hours in the summer and it’s a fun challenging experience. Lots to do and it never gets boring.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism, racially towards employees that are Spanish. You have to work twice as hard to get the same recognition. Upward mobility is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the people that work harder and reward their efforts. People don’t like being used and cast aside for someone that just looks like they work.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Inept and oblivious management, low-employee morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Nice outdoor gathering spaces around office, strong mission, occasional speakers

    Cons

    Chaotic, low-employee morale, few women/minorities in senior positions, low compensation relative to similar organizations, few opportunities for professional enrichment/advancement, good work is not recognized/rewarded.

    Director-level staff are nearly all white and male, while administrative staff are overwhelmingly female/minorities. Pay discrepancies between these levels are significant.

    The only director who knew how to manage, motivate, and encourage her team recently left. No other directors have any people management training, and it shows.


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