Conservation Technician (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 15 October 2018
Was an ok place to work but the hourly wage as comparied to the number of hours work was very unfair. Increases in wages did not happen during my time there. Employees with same education level were treated differently and unfairly. A lot of time expected to work during summer months.
Stressful environment and unrealistic expectations
Accounting (Former Employee) – Stonewall, MB – 5 June 2018
Very negative environment. There is very little training and you are expected to just learn your job on your own with very little support. Upper management only supports "yes people" and you are seen as negative if you question any decisions. Overall, executive manage is very weak, unprofessional and seem only concerned with patting themselves on the back. Deadlines are very tight and expectations are not clearly laid out creating confusion and often requiring staff to re-do tasks a number of times. It is a very stressful environment where staff health and wellbeing is not considered. It is surprising how much politics there is for not-for profit.
Specialist (Current Employee) – Stonewall, MB – 24 May 2018
This is a workplace that's focused on getting things done. Everyone from receptionists to field staff to the CEO cares about their role in achieving DUC's conservation mission, and works collaboratively to get there.
DUC's managers are good at recognizing people's strengths, and encourage staff to build on their skills to reach professional goals. There's a priority placed on work/life balance, and in creating a positive environment.
Positive environment, collaborative team, professional development opportunities, dog-friendly offices
Customer hostGreeter (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 28 March 2018
I only work one raffle a year. Hardest part is the standing around and attempt to convince people to put money on certain items. The bets part is when and item is sold and carry it around to those who bough tit.
Too much work for one person to manage if you want a life
Manager of Events & Volunteer Relations (Former Employee) – lower mainland, vancouver island, central bc – 26 March 2018
Basically on call 24hrs a day. Working 20+ and your manager saying that you need to work more and harder. Calling people all hours of the day and night and emailing them as well. You are supposed to pick up all the pieces and start juggling 25 different items at once. Impossible for one person to do.
Controller (Former Employee) – West Edmonton, AB – 23 March 2018
Worked with all levels within the organization - felt good about myself working for one of the best not for profits conservation organizations in Canada as well as with sister organization in US. Great people working for the resource for our children's children to enjoy our habitat and wildlife.
Finance (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 12 March 2018
Head office is near Winnipeg and a terrible work environment. Employees are expected to work weekends and answer emails 24/7. HR does not care about the employees or their well being. Employees are treated unfairly and dismissed based on personality.
CFO is unorganized, loves to gossip and extremely political. Little work is accomplished except for politics. Senior executives are ineffective and unprofessional.
Ducks Unlimited Canada is a wonderful company to work for, staff are dedicated to wetland conservation and the overall culture is like a family. My position was quite diverse and I took on many different roles while working there.
Conservation Technologist (Current Employee) – The Pas, MB – 11 June 2017
Learned about maintenance and upkeep of equipment Improved skills in trailering and load distribution Advanced my pleasurecraft operator skills Learned about the importance of wetlands and how to manage them for highest productivity
GIS Practicum Student (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 15 February 2015
The company provided an opportunity for me to enhance my experience in doing scientific as well as applied research. They gave me enough room to grow, given the tasks to complete with less supervision. I have leaned to work independently and manage my time efficiently. Co-workers and my supervisor then, were very friendly and accommodating. The hardest part of the job is when my term for practicum has ended. I would have loved to stayed but there was no job opportunity at that time.
National Sealed Bid Auction Coordinator (Former Employee) – Stonewall, MB – 24 March 2013
I've just left Ducks for a new career. The main I reason I left was to find a position with higher wages. As a 'not for profit' Ducks does not command the best wages, especially for administrative staff.
Otherwise the culture and the organization itself are great, I will miss it. I am still an active volunteer and suporter.