Washington Humane Society Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Humane to Animals, not to Humans

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    Former Employee - Animal Care in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Animal Care in Washington, DC

    I worked at Washington Humane Society

    Pros

    Love animals? This is a great place for you! Snuggling cats and walking dogs is basically part of your job, no matter what department you work in. Some people even get to bring their pets to work with them. Plus, helping homeless animals find new homes is very rewarding. Despite being the city shelter and open access, WHS strives to save as many lives as possible, and is basically no-kill. The animals are treated very well.

    Cons

    Like getting paid well for working super hard? This is not the place for you. Pay is very low (unless you are a VP or CEO). Benefits stink. Yes, they cover your health insurance, but time off is bad, you will NEVER get a snow day, and basically are expected to be on call 24/7. Forget having a personal life. Worst of all is the management of the company. There are some great people at the helm, but they seem to have zero business experience, or know what it takes to run a thriving business. As a result great people leave and bad people seem to stay forever. Even worse, when key people leave, positions are never re-filled, leaving the rest of the already under-paid and over-worked staff to pick up the pieces. Positions are routinely changes and departments restructured to try to make it work, but it doesn't. WHS is fueled by crisis and reaction to emergencies. The CEO will ignore you, and seems to spend more time building up her personal resume than caring to know who works for her, or actually being involved in day to day activities. Unless something good happens, then she steps in to take the credit. Most of the facilities are run down and overcrowded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees and maybe they will stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent concept but complete failure in execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Humane Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love of animals. Personal growth and survival to survive in negative situations. Working here prepares one to work in all manner of future environments.

    Cons

    Cons included the limited resources, no training for employees, poor physical environments, lack of support from upper management. The culture was poor and established as such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all facilities and individuals equally. Stop ignoring the realities outside of the Georgetown offices. Set standards across the board. Reward good work and remove the (numerous) rotten apples.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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