Pros: great mission, good compensation, great people.
Cons: upper management not following through with plans, lack of advancement opportunities
The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care about wild places. It is staffed by professionals committed to that mission, at work and in their personal lives.
I worked for one of the western regional offices for six years, and can't say enough good things about my co-workers and my supervisor.
I enjoyed the – more... working relationships with my co-workers; while we each had our own program goals to work toward, we came together to help each other out. People welcomed and respected each other's ideas and even criticisms. I loved the flexibility and ability to take on new challenges and projects once I'd mastered my main job duties. I learned a lot about public lands, wilderness and was able to grow in my professional skills, thanks to the supervisor I worked for.
While I believe that most everyone on staff was devoted to the mission of the organization, I believe that one of the weaker areas that the organization is now addressing is how it is managed, and it's lack of promotional opportunities for existing staff. It tended to look outside the organization for 'experts and directors,' when it could have invested some education and training into it's existing staff who were already doing the work in the field. They often ended up with lots of thinkers and idea people who could think big picture, but sometimes lacked the expertise or aptitude to think through and budget for all the steps and resources it would take to get to the goals it set out for itself.
That said, it is still a great organization that is doing great work. – less