The Humane Society of the United States

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Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at The Humane Society of the United States

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good job stability, fun work environment.

    Cons

    Salary isn't equal to similar companies in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Understanding that there are opponents that say we "pay to much" the reality is we don't, and it would be nice if employees were paid what they deserved.

  2. Full-time animal enthusiast for 2 years!

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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 (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Dog friendly work place, incredibly passionate people making amazing differences for animals across the globe, schedule flexibility (depending on department), great benefits, tuition reimbursement, FREE COFFEE, comfortable dress/atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salary is much lower than market for same position, limited growth opportunies and autonomy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and go to bat for them, stick up for them and work harder to remedy systemic and recurring issues presented by many employees. Also, more one-on-one involvement from mid-level staff and more involvement of chief level staff would boost morale.

  3. What a great atmosphere it is to work with others who are all just as passionate about a cause as you are.

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    Former Intern - Corporate Relations in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Intern - Corporate Relations in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very meaningful, and carries the weight that it can possibly directly affect the lives of others. Projects are varied, and there is no busy work that some interns can end up being slapped with. Also, there are opportunities to learn about other parts of the non-profit, as well as to learn more about the cause. There is a great speaker session with the CEO, which helps give a better understanding of the Humane Society and all that it stands for.

    Cons

    Some projects can get mundane, but that's just the nature of grassroots campaigning.

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  5. Environment is a big factor.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Sierra Vista, AZ
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Sierra Vista, AZ

    I worked at The Humane Society of the United States

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly motivated staff. The people there care about their work, it is more than a job to them. It is clear that people come here with a passion. Proper sanitation equipment is available and easily accessible.

    Cons

    It is a kennel, so it smells, there are a lot of bugs. Labeling of the cages can be a bit off, might be because volunteers mix them up.

    Advice to Management

    A better job vetting volunteers would help to eliminate maintenance issues, and sustainment of facility and its standard operating procedures.

  6. It was the most enjoyable, and emotionally rewarding job I have don't thus far in my life.

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    Former Employee - Adoptions Counselor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Adoptions Counselor in Miami, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Finding homes for sheltered animals.
    Teach Blind Puppies how to use basic motor skills.
    Work with Narcoleptic Animals.
    Help an animal that is to old to do what all others can ( eat and go to the bathroom).
    Work amongst an amazing staff who truly cares more for animals than they do them selves.
    Matching families with pets and just seeing how well they act with one another.

    Cons

    Not the best pay but you get compensation in more of an intimate reward of knowing you helped.
    The corporate heads up stairs compensation salary is vary saddening, simply because it is about seven to 10 times more than what the actually team gets paid.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff enough to eat, have a roof over there heads ( not in the ghetto), actually buy a car thats not falling apart ( unlike your brand new 2015 audis, and BMW's), and don't try and put so much ego into giving your team down stairs fear they could loose there job simply because they looked at you wrong. Also recruit a little more staff for downstairs and invest in making the "kennels" look nicer ( painting, its a little depressing like a penitentiary in there for the dogs down stairs).

  7. Helpful (2)

    Love working here

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    Current Employee - Vet Assistant in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Vet Assistant in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Helping animals, constantly seeing new things everyday

    Cons

    a large amount of emotional stress

    Advice to Management

    better pay would be nce

  8. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. 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 a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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