Washington Humane Society

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Washington Humane Society Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
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    Satisfying work, difficult environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Excellent concept but complete failure in execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Humane Society full-time for 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
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