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Wildlife Conservation Society Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Cristián Samper
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Pros
  • I worked at the WCS Bronx Zoo for a short time, but loved it immensely (in 8 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. "Excellent place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Excellent organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Decent for Young Adults"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. "Great environment, Pay Not That Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    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

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your employees so that there will be less turn over and less getting to work and train new people


  6. "Favoritism is everywhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time

    Pros

    working with animals , looks good on a resume and can the name can open lots of doors for you . Take advantage of it because you'll never know (if youre a seasonal worker) when your last season will ever be.

    Cons

    lots of favoritism .. Management can be unfair depending on what department you work for .. SAE doesnt give too many oppurtunities for the seasonals to grow nor invest in their degree or their prospective career path .

    Advice to Management

    give more oppurtunities to seasonals and fix those damn goat pens. We're tired of chasing after jumping goats.


  7. "School Year Teaching Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity, added a big name organization to my resume

    Cons

    My supervisor informed me that I was getting paid the same as the interns I was supervising so I should use them wisely... That logic didn't go over well with me


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission, Poor Management, Low Bar"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wildlife Conservation Society full-time

    Pros

    The mission and the work of the scientists are stellar. The Bronx Zoo is mainly impressive. Beautiful work environment.

    Cons

    Leadership tends to be petty and cheap, as a result, both the Bronx Zoo and the staff are tenuously held together.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the staff, inspire loyalty, create a rich environment of learning across the organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Oppressive departmental heads"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing company and environment to work for. I love the job but the staff is very cliquey.

    Cons

    Leadership is severely lacking in skill and should be evaluated at the same level that lower level positions are. Very disappointed in my experience with how impersonal department heads are when making structural changes. They do not take the time to evaluate and utilize the skill levels of their department or realize who is working within the department. There is a definite sense of favoritism and personal bias rather than assessing work and qualifications professionally. The office spaces are in definite need of improvement as well as making things structurally sound.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs training. Department heads need to be assessed more closely through evaluations from lower level employees. Not just the other way around.


  10. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dedicated and supportive team. I was impressed by the time and effort WCS put into its workers, and the high quality of staff they had in Rwanda. Wonderful experience.

    Cons

    Mostly things out of WCS's control, such as power cuts and slow internet. Everyone was well adapted to handling these challenges and it did not significantly impact the work flow.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "If you're a seasonal worker this is not a place you can grow and gain experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier
    Current Employee - Cashier
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wildlife Conservation Society part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great
    Work is fairly easy
    Get out early

    Cons

    Some managers are not understanding/respectful (like to talk down to you)
    Hours are horrible (coming in at 1030 and leaving around 4-5)
    They give write-ups for everything
    You come in at 1030 and usually go straight to break (30 mins)
    No breaks allowed throughout the day (even bathroom breaks are complained about)
    God forbid you need a day off, come a few minutes late or call out for an emergency.



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