The Humane Society of the United States

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The Humane Society of the United States Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
24 Reviews
3.6
24 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Animal Caretaker

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    Former Employee - Kennel and Barn Worker
    Former Employee - Kennel and Barn Worker

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Such a fulfilling and wonderful experience working with the dogs and knowing that you are making a difference in their lives!

    Cons

    Sometimes working in that kind of environment is stressful for both you and the animals. And working here really exposes how horrible humans can be to their pets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open minded about the way tasks are accomplished and perhaps be more active in the community!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Its very 9 to 5

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

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You have some really nice people with big hearts

    Cons

    The staff is not pushed to do all they can to help animals. The management don't push a culture of communication and high standards. At times I would have to call PETA to get the answers I needed. So much more could be done if dedication to the cause was shown from the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff need better training but more importantly they need people who lead by example and aren't there waiting to retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be wary of senior management

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can bring your companion animals to work

    Cons

    Cronyism at the top levels of the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get you head out of the clouds and connect with the staff on the front lines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, enjoy staff interactions though could use more extra curricular activities.

    Cons

    Office is outdated. It could use a major renovation.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Intern for Puppy Mill Campaign

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    Former Employee - Intern in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers.
    Dog friendly office
    Getting to see the differences you make every day
    Free starbucks coffee and vegan treats
    Open door with supervisors (in Campaign department at least)
    On site help with resume and career options
    Free Humane University classes
    Learn something new every day
    Flexible with time off
    Getting to meet some of the big names in various NPOs
    Occasionally rescue transports come to the area and you can help, definitely the best part.

    Honestly I cried on my last day, this was the best job I have ever had and I still keep in touch with most of my department.

    Cons

    Terrible intern pay (10/day) but hey, it's an internship
    Some people can be very rude if you aren't vegan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work if you love animals!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with a dedicated group of employees, donors and volunteers who truly support pet adoptions, public education, training and healthcare services. Volunteering for organization is great way to get foot in the door.

    Cons

    Working your way into already established groups. Get co-workers to help you with work outside their job description. High turn over in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give kudos to your employees who go the extra mile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Humane Society of the United States full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Office culture is wonderful. Everyone is mission-focused, friendly, and down to earth. It's a huge place so there isn't a ton of department-to-department interaction, but my department feels like a little family. PTO and health insurance is good. There is definitely opportunity to advance. And people bring their dogs to work, which adds to a contented atmosphere.

    Cons

    As entry-level there isn't *always* something to do and with so much that HSUS does I want to get more hands on, but I'm trusting that will come with time. I would say low pay, but it's a non-profit admin level position, so there's that. The PTO, benefits and office culture make up for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Humane Society of the United States as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    gained some experience in a big non-profit

    Cons

    work was dull, not much room for self starting or creativity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more interesting tasks

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    This is a great organization with a wonderful mission.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States part-time

    Pros

    Great staff. Great Mission. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Low pay. Some people have stayed there longer than they should have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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