The Humane Society of the United States
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The Humane Society of the United States Reviews

24 Reviews
24 Reviews
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Wayne Pacelle
15 Ratings

    Effective programs, poor management

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    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States full-time for more than 8 years


    Extremely effective organization in accomplishing it's mission, which is 95% due to the CEO's programmatic vision and leadership over the past 10 yrs. Exciting and motivating to work for such a passionate, influential and successful organization making meaningful change for animals. CEO has recruited some of the most talented campaign directors in the nation and they have led extraordinary change. Truly amazing and inspiring people to work with for animals. Good benefits. Very competitive pay for director level and up.


    The primary weakness of this organization is in it's ability to professionally and positively manage it's extremely talented staff. Morale can be very low and turnover high, depending on dept. Most of the senior *administrative* executives (not senior campaign mgmt) are extremely poor managers and/or are not given the autonomy to make the changes needed to improve communication and management internally. The top two leaders make not only all the program decisions (which is their great forte), but also all the internal management, operating and structural decisions (very much not their forte). They have not yet been able to recognize that deficit and delegate it to others who are much more skilled in that arena. The comments on this site regarding management weaknesses and croneyism are largely accurate. High expectations for overtime, poor management of talented staff, low pay of front-line program staff, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct a meaningful management and internal communications audit with an outside consultant. Then implement their recommendations.

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The Humane Society of the United States Interviews

Updated Jun 27, 2014
Updated Jun 27, 2014

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    Animal Care Tech Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at The Humane Society of the United States.

    Interview Details

    Getting into the building was a challenge. I had to ask a random person to let me in. She helped me find my way so that was nice. Waited for the hiring manager for about 15 minutes. There were no seats, it looked so cluttered and dirty.

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    Hiring managers weren't very friendly and the environment was just weird..

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1954
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a watchdog for, well, watchdogs, along with all sorts of other domestic and wild animals. A leading animal protection organization, HSUS has more than 10.5 million human members and constituents. The organization supports the work of local humane societies and implements a variety of investigative, educational, advocacy, and legislative programs to promote animal welfare. Its campaigns have addressed issues such as animal fighting, factory farming, the fur trade, and hunting practices. Most of its revenue comes from... More

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