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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Perhaps the worst animal welfare organization to work for in the country

    Nov 26, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    The original mission (protecting the welfare of cats) is noble.

    Cons

    There are two issues – (1) the ineffectiveness of the organization as a whole and its failure to achieve even the smallest of goals in recent years and (2) the cruelty with which the president and founder (Becky Robinson) and her second in command (Charlene Pedrolie) treat employees. To the first point, Alley Cat Allies has tremendous wealth (upwards of $7 million) yet made no positive impact for cats. Look at the claims made in fundraising emails and try to match it to actual victories. You simply can’t. The successes don’t exist, instead the organization helps a few individual cats (through relocation, adoption, covering spay/neuter costs) every week. This is a lovely thing to do but rescue groups across the country do the same thing for almost not money. Individual employees work hard and can achieve minor successes but all of their good work is despite (not because of) management. The primary focus of management is development, and most money is spent on fundraising. There is no overarching strategic plan (and in the past, when plans were created, the president abandoned them a few months later) and no support for long-term initiatives. The board has been notified of these issues yet chooses to do nothing. Potential donors should carefully consider whether Alley Cat Allies merits their donations. The second point primarily concerns prospective employees (though donors and potential partners would not likely be enthused about management’s treatment of workers). Management (Robinson and Pedrolie) have created an environment so hostile and demeaning that it borders on the Kafkaesque. Management routinely encourages employees to gossip and speak poorly about fellow employees and screams at employees for inconsequential issues (like using a black pen instead of blue). One particularly distressing habit that the president has is to speak to employees as though they are mentally disabled (very slowly, enunciating each syllable). Clearly, this is an insensitive and offensive way to speak to anyone (regardless of their mental acuity) but it’s particularly humiliating when done to you in front of large groups of people. There are no circumstances under which a person should be accept employment here.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Mission focused, great team, huge impact in movement

    Jan 20, 2017 - Program Manager in Bethesda, MD
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    Pros

    Love working here, we are very focused on having huge impact to stop killing of cats. For such a small team, we have had tremendous across the country in saving cats and changing laws. I am so proud of our work and my team members. I now think of them as some of my best friends. I love the dedication and passion of the executive team. They work late nights and almost every weekend.

    Cons

    its hard when we cant save every cat, although we try. The metro commute has been bad because of the metro work. -

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Non profit animal advocacy organization

    Nov 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Headquarters is located in downtown Bethesda MD

    Cons

    Small non profit with less than 13 employees

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