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PETA Overview

Norfolk, VA
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Unknown / Non-Applicable
PETA was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. PETA educates policymakers and the public about animal ... Read more

Mission: PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues ... Read more

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    I have been working at PETA full-time


    fulfilling, great co-workers, great atmosphere, office dogs, vegan food


    living in LA makes the pay look low.

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    Pay according to living wages

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PETA Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at PETA in August 2017.


    After applying, I was promptly contacted by a very nice PETA HR Manager. I had a great feeling at that point and radiated gratitude for the consideration of such an important job. He scheduled a "chat" via Skype. I set up Skype on my computer, and called the customer service number on Google to resolve an issue with my camera. The number was a scam and I lost $500. I chose not to mention it as it wasn't PETA's fault, but beware of this fake customer service number, and perhaps PETA could offer FaceTime as an alternative so people need not install Skype for one chat. Make it convenient for the interviewee. I then began reading the many Glassdoor reviews about working at PETA, and I learned that PETA seems to overwork and underpay their employees, as well as perhaps a little bullying or unfair pressure (one reviewer in this section is called "disgruntled" for having reported veterinary malpractice she witnessed on an interview). It does seem that you are expected to sacrifice your own self-care to an extent, which counters the way I think. I believe you must fill up your own cup and take care of yourself before you can effectively and continuously help others; and it is true what one of the other reviewers says: if you pay your employees fairly, you'll retain them better and develop a deeper body of expertise. If you don't overwork your employees, they will be healthier, happier, and actually make a bigger impact because they will be rested and their stress levels under control. I don't agree with the way PETA seems to prioritize animals over the well being of their dedicated, hard-working employees who make the whole thing possible to begin with. They should be equally important, and PETA should only take on projects and programs it can truly afford to run, not at the expense of their employees, who are also sentient beings. It's a shame that an intelligent, passionate, dedicated animal rights lover like me can't work for the cause that I want to because I sometimes have bouts with depression and cannot thrive in an overworked, underpaid, high-stress atmosphere. All you hear about is Equal Employment Opportunity, but I do feel I was judged for being honest that I have suffered from depression before and need a legitimate work/life balance in my career. The interviewer was nice enough, or at least fake nice enough, but didn't even mention ANYTHING about the actual position (!) and he also made it seem like I was taking up too much of his time by being thorough and asking questions. I knew immediately that I was not interested in the job and that my inquiry about work/life balance was a deal-breaker since PETA apparently does not give their employees a legitimate work/life balance, but I am still disappointed that I never even heard a notification or anything from PETA that I wouldn't move on to the next round. Overall, I'd say great mission and great work that they do, I'll happily support it, but it seems the leadership doesn't give a rip about their employees and any kind of fair compensation or work/life balance, which is crucial to getting the job done the right way in my opinion. Beware of nonprofits that take advantage of a heart passionate for a cause -- you may very well be the only one watching out for your own well-being in attempts to save money or accomplish more than what is fair to ask of employees. Also, if you're applying to PETA from out of state, understand that you will be paying your own way to the coastal interview and likely will be asked to do a "volunteer" working interview for up to a week. Help animals, absolutely!! But do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of in the favor of another, ever. You can take care of you and help animals, don't let anyone make you feel you need to sacrifice yourself for a cause that makes your heart sing. Bottom line advice for PETA: at a minimum, raise your wages to ones which people can actually live on in the cities you are stationed in. Don't cry budget constraints when y'all have fancy offices on beaches.

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Company Updates

  • This week, peta2's Draw My Life SeaWorld Facebook video has surpassed the amazing milestone of 10 million views!

  • Animal torture could go unnoticed if it weren't for PETA's marketing team.Investigation videos of ostrich fur farms and PetSmart suppliers were viewed 16 million + times in just a few days. Don't miss one!


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PETA Awards & Accolades

  • Mobile Innovation Award, Direct Marketing News, 2015
  • Reed Award, Campaigns and Elections, 2014
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