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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at PETA full-time (more than a year)Pros
Your happiness while working at PETA (as with most any workplace) is up to you. It's a fast paced organization, so there will be frequent rush assignments and sometimes not clear enough direction going into projects, but that's almost the fun of it because you learn SO much as you go and it can make you a much more competent professional and activist at the end of the day (if you remember to take it in stride and stay positive).
Also, if you're willing and able, PETA management will provide countless opportunities for career growth. You only need to speak up about what it is you want to do, where your strengths lie, what opportunities you're looking for, and voila, you have a golden path ahead that marries your passion for defending animals and continued professional growth.
More than anything, the best part about working here is knowing that the people to the left and right of you CARE so deeply about those in need of help, and like you, are working for a cause bigger than themselves. Regardless of whatever crisis hits that particular day, this reminder that you're in the fight together (and making grand strides by the day) makes the other stuff completely worth it. Plus the community coffee is legitimately delicious and PETA LA office's interior is super pretty and inspiring to be in.Cons
Coworkers can get wrapped up in their many projects and forget to smile sometimes. Myself included. We're an idealist bunch but carry the burden of knowing all too well what darkness exists in the world. And then having to find ways to convey that information as compellingly as possible to an audience that sometimes just won't care. This can be defeating, but is all the more reason to keep smiling, be kind to one another, and find ways to work smarter.
The only other reason why I can't give the organization 5 stars is the pay. You will have to live on a tight budget working here. There are so many wonderful, rewarding things about working to shape people's attitudes about animals at PETA, but the cost of living in cities is expensive and if the organization tried to compensate for that a bit more, there'd most likely be less turnover.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Trust employees. Chat often and listen to their needs. They wouldn't be at PETA if they didn't care a tremendous amount. Give people the opportunity to mold their jobs into the most efficient and creative ways to bring attention to animal issues and see what amazing ideas will flow. My "advice" but I see this happening more and more with upper management and am so happy about that.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at PETA in July 2014.Interview Details
1. I was emailed a list of questions including: Why are you vegan? Take a look at our social media and website and tell us what you think. What are 3 companies that are doing a great job reaching young people? Write a blog post. etc
2. 30-45 min phone call with Director of Marketing -- he asked questions about my interests and experience. I was invited to visit the LA office for a 2 day trial working interview. PETA is a non-profit so I understood that I would need to pay for the trip on my own. It was worth it for me because I was choosing between several different work opportunities.
3. 2 day trial working interview -- It was really fun. I've interviewed at companies ranging from Google to Pinterest to SF start-ups and I can definitively say that this was the BEST interview experience I have had. I arrived at the LA office and was greeted immediately by Cody who gave me a tour of their building. I was then given paperwork and 3 writing samples. Everyone was so friendly, energetic and passionate about their work. I was then given several projects to complete over the duration of my stay.
The work environment was very open and collaborative. They often have free lunches and I was able to really meet the team over lunch both days. After my first day, the marketing team all went out to a really cool restaurant together. Overall, the experience was incredibly authentic and rewarding.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsPETA is a non-profit. I already read that there is no negotiation. I'm really passionate about the work I will be doing, so I chose PETA over other higher paying companies. It's all up to you.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- Nothing too unexpected. Answer Question
PETA was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. PETA educates policymakers and the public about animal abuse and promotes kind treatment of animals. PETA is an international nonprofit charitable...
Mission: PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the...