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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Please Don't Work Here

    Jan 21, 2016 -  in Bethesda, MD
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    Pros

    Great mission, reaches out to a large amount of people across the country and even internationally, powerful advocacy

    Cons

    Horrible, horrible toxic work environment. The management is absolutely dreadful. I wish I could say I had a positive experience working at ACA thanks to my friendly coworkers and helpful supervisors, and generally being a great animal-friendly advocacy group that could potentially help a lot of cats. However, the management of this organization is terrible. Charlene pedrolie has absolutely NO idea how to deal with people in a respectful way. She is power-hungry and treats all of the staff like dirt. It is truly a wonder how she was even hired at this animal advocacy organization. A google search will show how she was either threatened out of office or how she has simply run a company to the ground with her terrible people and animal skills. It is absolutely baffling. She berates her staff for the most insignificant reasons, taking advantage of them, belittling them and demotivating them. It is obvious that those who work with her disagree with her practices but are too afraid to stand up to her when they know she is acting out of line. It is so heartbreaking to think of all of the great work that Alley Cat Allies could be doing if only it was run by a better, kinder person. Who invited the Devil to run an advocacy group? As an animal lover it hurts me to say that everyone should stay far far away from Alley Cat Allies. Most people quit if they haven't already been unreasonably threatened to leave by Charlene. She has also demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge about animal care and animal rights - she is clearly all about the business aspect but can't even prove to be an effective businesswoman. People do not last long as there is a high turnover rate. Gratefully, my supervisor and my coworkers made me feel like I was a valued member of the ACA team regardless of the horrible, condescending things that Charlene has said to me for no effective reason. Ultimately it's not worth working here if you show up every day living in fear that Charlene will find something to unreasonably scold you for. It is truly a shame.

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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
    Recommend
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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

    I would call this place a joke, but that would be ignoring the real damage they do

    Jan 19, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits and pay, but that's it

    Cons

    -Leadership: The founder is prime example of founder's syndrome. She has too much control over the organization she founded, even though it has grown beyond her ability to manage. She micromanages everything, to the point of nothing getting done. That would be bad enough, but even worse is that she was horrible to employees. At best she's rude, snapping at people and making them bend to her every whim, acting like we had nothing better to do than serve her, instead of doing our real jobs. At worst, she's emotionally abusive and makes employees cry. -Work Environment: During my time there, the COO was so paranoid that she separated conversations if people were talking together for "too long." People were scared to go out to lunch together and close office doors. There's no HR department, so there is nowhere for people to go with these problems. There's also no board oversight for questionable management and financial practices. -High employee turnover: It's a fact of life. Once in the span of about five days, four people left. Two were unjustly fired and two quit and walked out on the spot, which I wish I could say was rare during my time there.

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