Wildlife Conservation Society Reviews

Updated Feb 22, 2021

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Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper (no image)
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61 Ratings
Pros
  • "You get to learn a lot about the animals(in 20 reviews)

  • "Bronx Zoo as an office space is pretty incredible(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "I do not have anything bad to say about WCS(in 6 reviews)

  • "Its non for profit so the pay is not that great, and the work life balance is non existent during some times of the years(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great title"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Teacher in LaFayette, GA

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Informative and to the point no guessing

    Cons

    An exact address would be helpful

  2. "Great learning experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Temporary Restaurant Associate 

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Nice simplistic job for younger people and it’s closed when the weather is bad

    Cons

    Management can be rude sometimes


  3. "A good student job"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Guest Relations 
    Recommends

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the staff/coworkers were friendly, work hours were good, great location

    Cons

    mostly outdoors and was tough in the more extreme nyc weather

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule Good Working Environment Good Leadership

    Cons

    So many team members hours can be scarce at times

  5. "Enjoyable"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Sales Associate 

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time

    Pros

    -Set hours -Early dismissal -Can sit while cashiering

    Cons

    -Early Dismissal means less pay -Can be at different post daily

  6. "Great teamwork"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Part Time in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time

    Pros

    Great teamwork flexible schedule Discounts, surrounded by nature Active

    Cons

    Not well organized Unfair at times

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  7. "Works and works and works"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Preformer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    Hours are decent allowing for some type of outside life

    Cons

    Leadership is clueless in how it’s staff operate day to day

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Isolated location allows for independent workplace.

    Cons

    Due to isolated location there is a lack of communication.

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  9. "Ready for a Challenging Workplace?"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Global Resources in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to the Zoos and Aquarium is nice for spending time with family.

    Cons

    The Wildlife Conservation Society is a very large non-profit. The experience for global and New York based staff is very different. If you are considering a New York based position read on. I worked with the Global Resources department for two years. If toxic work behavior like micromanaging, discouragement from taking sick/holiday time, sexism, low employee morale, and professional sabotage is tolerable for you then you may just do well here. Nonprofits can at times be tricky work environments, but never have I worked for a place with such antiquated approaches to how they treat their employees. Pay is not comparable to other environmental nonprofits in the city. Don’t expect a raise or adjustment for cost of living either. You are required to report to the Bronx Zoo which will put a strain on you regardless of whether you drive or take the subway. HR does not take your concerns seriously and if they do they delay the process so long nothing ever comes of it. Managers are placed in a position of leadership with little to no real leadership skills. They never bother to learn them either. Entry level positions are imbalanced compared to the constant hiring of middle to senior level positions. This results on entry level employees taking on roles beyond both their pay grade and job description (note in my two years not one entry level employee was promoted. They were either let go or left themselves in order to move up in an organization). They often end up doing the job of their managers as well. Yes you can learn a lot while working here, but at what cost? If you are at an entry to middle level of your career, I would not recommend joining WCS. It will be mentally draining and perhaps even damage your career trajectory no matter how passionate about the mission you may be. Seeing the animals at the zoo every day was nice.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "bureaucracy needs to get out of the way of talent"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Program Officer 

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are so many deeply committed staff. The mission is excellent

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of the organization is overwhelming. It burns staff out, ensures a lot of employee turnover, and left me feeling gutted so many days.

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