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World Wildlife Fund Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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World Wildlife Fund President and CEO Carter S. Roberts
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Pros
  • great atmosphere, great work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great Work Environment, Flexible Schedule, and Great Benefits (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible senior management - very hierarchical and bureaucratic (in 6 reviews)

  • Might need to volunteer for a few months unpaid before applying for full-time work (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great learning but low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Wildlife Fund full-time

    Pros

    Great network of people and a great place to learn

    Cons

    Very low salaries and unclear appraisal policies


  2. "Professional and Hip Non-Profit Overall"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at World Wildlife Fund full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your co-workers will be very intelligent and accomplished, but some can be a bit snobby/hard to know. There are also some great people though! You feel like you're part of a higher cause.

    The lunch brown bags are very interesting and help you know some of the great programs you are supporting. The office is gorgeous, great location in DC, and very neatly decorated with animals etc. Plus it's a green building.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of politics where those who suck up get ahead first. It's pretty difficult to change departments.

    Advice to Management

    The restructuring where people were laid off in 2013 and then just brought back on was very confusing and poorly handled. The process was talked about so much, including buzzwords of transparency, but it didn't seem to happen that way and I"m not sure what has really changed in the end in terms of efficiency.

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Work Environment, Flexible Schedule, and Great Benefits

    Cons

    Hard to climb in career, upper management lacks diversity.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Wildlife Fund part-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, good work-life balance, on-site (modest) gym, every other Friday off

    Cons

    Unclear leadership at top that seemed to follow random whims. So cozy with business that ability to lobby/influence policy that might affect that industry was questionable.


  5. "Great organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to climb the ladder for mid-career professionals.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission, Generous Benefits, Friendly Staff, Panda Fridays

    Cons

    Like all mission-based organizations employees are expected to go the extra mile. The smart ones take advantage of these opportunities to increase their skills.


  7. "Panda Land"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people - good people, good mission. It's literally "save the world" kind of work, which makes it really gratifying to work at this organization and want to promote its cause. Lots of exposure to international cultures too - high ethnic diversity of employees and many different languages floating around this office at any given time. Wonderful colleagues and a great network of assistants to help new hires. GREAT benefits.

    Cons

    People do tend to get married to their jobs here - lots of long hours, but at least you're in good company! New hires - careful to keep up with the work/home balance, because international organizations have around the world, 24/7 demands.

    The job review evaluation process (midyear reviews and final reviews) can be painful. Often times its building politics based (there are some egos here - but hey, it's DC), or because of your relationship with your supervisor (a good review definitely depends on it). There's no opportunity for a rebuttal of a poor review for your end of year review - once your supervisor has the final word, that's it with HR.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a transition position between Sr. Admin Assistant and Executive Assistant other than a lateral move to Program Associate. Not having one makes it difficult to get promoted from the SAA position.

  8. "Love what we do - not what I do"

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

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time

    Pros

    Good mission
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Assistants are secretaries.
    It is not a junior-level position with upward growth opportunities, it is a career secretarial position. This does not reflect the posted job description I applied to, or the interview discussions.

    Advice to Management

    If you want career secretaries, hire career secretaries, and make this clear in the hiring process.


  9. "Program Associate"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work and life work balance

    Cons

    little movement from mid-level to senior level


  10. "Communications and Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Wildlife Fund full-time

    Pros

    great energy, nice people and fantastic work flexibility

    Cons

    too many projects at once and not enough strategic organization, promotions are difficult


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