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Satisfying work, difficult environment

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I worked at Washington Humane Society

Pros

Incredibly satisfying work, a cause about which it is easy to be passionate, some of the most talented and compassionate junior staff I've ever met (trainers, adoption personnel, vet techs, etc). The development and special events team are incredibly talented. Great place to get experience and you can easily see the lives you save

Cons

Possibly due to the shelter administration working offsite in Georgetown, they often seem unaware of the conditions and activities in the shelter which leads to a lack of support for employees, a belief that everyone can find a way to do anything and everything if they try hard enough, and an ignorance about personnel conflicts and unsafe working conditions. Many staff feel as though the emphasis in the shelter is on fundraising rather than adoptions, despite not seeing any improvement in animal care. Employees are actively discouraged from sharing their salary/wages and often treated in a patronizing fashion by the CEO, COO, VP, and shelter directors. Salaried employees are expected to work long hours for little pay (50 is considered an "easy" week with most salaried employees averaging 60). Hourly employees are discouraged from working overtime and yet disciplined when unable to complete more work than can be safely accomplished in a normal shift. Extremely high turnover because they know people want to work for them to help animals and there are always people needing a job in DC.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please spend more time in the shelters, especially DCAC on New York Avenue. Please listen when staff, volunteers, and fosters try to discuss problems they see rather than shutting them down. Please be more open and honest about our 40% save rate. Shift your focus from fundraising to adoption. Share some of the CEO's $200,000 salary with jr staff making in the 20,000s. You're good people, just make the organization better.

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  1. Very good experience for those looking to give back and gain some karma points!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Humane Society

    Pros

    Majority of employees genuinely care about animals. Overall there is a laid back office culture which is great if you're just in it to help the animals.

    Cons

    A lot going on in the general hussle and bussle that is an animal shelter so overall the majority of animals could use more attention.

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    keep it up

  2. Chaotic and unorganized

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    Former Employee - Customer Care Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Customer Care Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington Humane Society full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with animals, helping people to find their lost pets, giving back to the community in which we live.

    Cons

    Poor management!!!! This employer does not advocate for its employees. Hours can be long and borderline slavery. Forget about getting off on time and count on staying 1-2 hours longer after your shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the employees, take their issues into consideration and actually listen to them instead of dismissing their feelings.

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