Camp Bow Wow Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Work with dogs and bring your dog to work (in 13 reviews)

  • To top it all off, you can bring your dog to work (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes there are a lot of dogs and there is a lot of cleaning involved, (in 4 reviews)

  • Paid minimum wage for a lot of hard work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - General Manager in Cary, NC

    I have been working at Camp Bow Wow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome staff. Amazing clients. And the best campers in the world. I love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything! I started here when I was 15 volunteering and now I am the full-time manager for the facility! I would highly recommend anyone who loves dogs to come work here because it truly is the best job ever!

    Cons

    Dirty job, work hard every day, always on your feet! Very high energy and can at times be stressful.


  2. Good Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Camp Bow Wow

    Pros

    The animals and staff are great and make coming to work a pleasure.

    Cons

    Hours are never full time and the pay isn't worth it if you are looking to support yourself. Good for students.


  3. Camp Counselor. Average Kennel wage. Great owner, but lazy co-workers.

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Charleston, SC

    I worked at Camp Bow Wow full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Can bring your dog with you for free every/any shift.
    Free baths for your dog(s).
    Amazingly nice store owner.
    Very nice Marketing Manager.
    Average Kennel Technician pay rate/wage. For this area/region the wage was $9/hour, I have previous Kennel Tech experience, not sure if all employees got the same wage.
    Free Camp Bow Wow work shirts and hooded jacket.
    3 outdoor play yards with bone shaped swimming pools & green plastic platforms, and 3 indoor play yards.
    All yards have gates that connect to each other, so we were able to make 4 yards as 1 larger size yard.
    Free parking.
    Plenty of work to keep busy.
    Giant size dog cabins w/dog beds in all of them.
    Beautiful and peaceful forest surrounding the building for at least 13 miles.

    Cons

    Really inexperienced, lazy co-workers who sat and played on their smartphones all day and night long, they only looked at the dogs if they heard growling and then they would spray water at the dogs.
    They hired mostly (95%) female employees so being a male worker there felt really awkward and no one to talk to, meanwhile all the female co-workers would hang out together in the break room all the time and not even watch the dogs.
    Mandatory split-shifts on weekends.
    Long distance from any other stores (13 miles of forest between Camp Bow Wow and the closest other businesses, 15 miles away from the closest business to get food for lunch during the weekend split-shifts.
    No paid breaks.
    Hard concrete floors and all rock outdoor yards, not very comfortable for the dogs to sit and lay on all day and night long.
    Not on a bus-route, so driving to work gets expensive especially during weekend split-shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced employees who are dedicated to animal care...Experience can be attained from volunteering at an Animal Shelter, pass that info to no-experience wanna-be Kennel Techs before hiring them! Get rid of the lazy employees. Ban cell phone usage during work/shift hours. Be more understanding and flexible with scheduling weekend split-shifts. Hire 50% male and 50% female workers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Camp Bow Wow part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    loved the dogs
    extremely clean

    Cons

    No break with 7 hour shift
    management was horrible
    management talked down to you
    overall not good people there open cause there love for pets but not employees
    there turn over rate is over the roof

    Advice to Management

    respect the staff . take a look at how you really treat employees .


  6. Camp Manager

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Camp Bow Wow (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love working with dogs and meeting lots of wonderful people.

    Cons

    Very low pay for a very demanding 24/7 job.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate good employees a make sure you have the perks you need to keep consistency and avoid turnover within the company


  7. This is a wonderful company to work for if you love dogs, love caring for them and want to work hard!

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Camp Bow Wow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interact with the dogs all day, hands on experience working with dogs can be a foot in to many other areas of the animal industry. Bring your dogs to work free.

    Cons

    Very hard work, lots and lots of cleaning, dirty every day with fur and slobber!

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities to move up within the company.


  8. Camp Counselor

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Camp Bow Wow part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very rewarding and you get the play with dogs all day.

    Cons

    Very early work hours. Can be very messy.


  9. Could use some improvements

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor

    I worked at Camp Bow Wow part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with dogs is the best part. You become familiar with the regulars. Staff was wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    There are no benefits. Can be very stressful, especially around holidays. Lots of back breaking cleaning. Pay is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees some incentives for staying and working hard. Promote from within.


  10. Working for Camp Bow Wow was what I expected.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Camp Bow Wow part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you love animals and getting to be around them and play, this is definitely for you.

    Cons

    Long shifts, obviously working at any kennel requires you get 'down and dirty', If you prefer to stay clean and not leave smelling like dogs(sometimes wet dogs) this isn't for you.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place but terrible management

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    Current Employee - Home Buddies in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Home Buddies in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Camp Bow Wow part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    So fun to work with dogs!! And very rewarding!

    Cons

    Picky clients and disorganized and unfair management

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with more skill



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