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"Exhilarating and Disappointing"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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I have been working at Michelson Found Animals Foundation full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Although still relatively small, Found Animals is truly a place where animal lovers of all facets gather to discuss and contribute to resolving problems with the shelter system in America today. Money is no object so the company is not fueled with a mindset of: "how can we make more money." In other words, every branch of the company focuses on different reasons animals enter shelters in the first place by providing free public educational blogs/seminars/articles, low cost spay/neutering, free microchip registering, free/low cost microchips, training, volunteering, etc! And best of all, Found Animals has also created adoption locations of its own that directly combat animal shelter euthanasia by pulling animals straight from local high-intake shelters and giving them a chance to find a home without the threat of euthanasia looming over their heads!

Cons

Found Animals is truly a gathering of skilled workers who are passionate about how they want to change the world...but each member's skills and background differ vastly from one another. Although this is part of the reason the company is so extraordinary, it also leads to a scattered sense of self and overall direction. Being such a tiny overall organization, each branch is held up by only a few members who have specialized knowledge to bring to that particular field of operations. How can a company with so many branches and directions control the growth and success of each branch without a great understanding of each area's specific purpose, goal and needs? And with such vastly differing branches (Retail, Marketing, Animal Care, Shelter Networking/Operations, etc, etc, etc.) who can oversee and manage every facet so that each branch not only succeeds, but continues to thoroughly understand and tackle each new contributing factor in animal euthanasia? The answer is, well, no one... at least not yet.

Advice to Management

Truly successful management is being able to recognize how the whole will not be successful without every piece of the puzzle working together towards the same goal aka the "lowest" positions in the company have just as much to add as the CEO. Management of all areas in a company requires caring about and understanding each area and what it has to contribute to the whole as well as what that area needs in order to do that "specialized" job. The person who cleans the toilet and sweeps the floors is there because someone needs to do that job. If that person is not monitored and given the equipment necessary to do their job then the job will not get done properly. Likewise, just looking at the floor and wondering why it's not clean does not affect whether or not that job is done properly. Neither does threatening to replace that worker since the real problem was never addressed; "why was the janitor able to clean the floor?" Therefore, it is going down to the janitor, understanding his goals and needs then making sure he has the right equipment to do the job that is true management. Found Animals needs to either break off into different specialized branches or be overseen by someone who understand how every branch contributes to the overall fight against unnecessary animal euthanasia.

Currently the Adopt & Shop branches are struggling under misdirection/mismanagement. Although they are still saving animals by finding new wonderful people to be their forever families, many of the obstacles they are facing on the front lines are not being addressed such as staffing and best practices for adoptable animal housing, training, and medical care. There also seems to be vastly different ideas of what that branch should be and how it should operate. Is it a boutique store or a shelter rescue venue? Is it expensive and exclusive or inexpensive and inclusive? Does it only take in perfectly healthy, trained, beautiful animals or real animals?

My advise to upper management is more of a desperate request: Please do not waste the efforts of those on the front lines, the ones making the connections with the public and the ones taking care of these amazing yet imperfect animals. Please keep yourself open to the real goal and that is saving as many of those animals as possible. Please refocus your expectations towards addressing real problems and real solutions. No animal is perfect and no family is perfect yet with policies and practices geared towards making each person and animal more perfect for each other truly amazing things can be done!

Other Employee Reviews for Michelson Found Animals Foundation

  1. Helpful (13)

    "Revolving door is right."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Michelson Found Animals Foundation full-time

    Pros

    It's a pretty nice working environment with a lot of free food. Many of the employees are very nice and most are good at what they do. Great to feel like you're really making a difference in the lives of animals.

    Cons

    Like the other reviewer said, they attract quality employees but have little faith or loyalty to them. Before I got the job, I was warned that people come and go very often and suddenly there but I didn't listen. I was also told that by more people once I started. I didn't worry about it because I have always gotten excellent feedback on my job performance from previous employers, including this one. Literally up until the day I was let go. I did good work and put in lots of extra hours but I guess it was never appreciated. Everything else the other reviewer mentioned is true as well, from what I saw.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great cause. Attracts great people. Does a great job at losing them."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Found Animals offers a pet-friendly environment. The office is great for owners who would like their animals on-hand, or for those who are unable to have pets at home, but would still like dogs and cats in their lives. Lowering euthanasia is a very worthy cause. You will sleep well knowing you are doing good in the world. You will also get to know some incredibly talented people with a wide range of skills, as the foundation attracts animal lovers from diverse professional backgrounds, most of whom share a common goal. Additionally, in good times, there is a steady stream of new and interesting work to keep things fresh. You will never be bored.

    Cons

    Most everyone from the director level down is intimidated or disrespected by the executives. Despite hiring excellent people, it seems that the C-suites have very little confidence in employees (even when those employees have more specialized knowledge and experience in the area being discussed than they do, or have been with the organization for years). Priorities change with the wind, so be prepared to spend thousands of dollars pursuing new initiatives that everyone's pretty sure won't work to begin with... by the time the staff consensus is proven right, it's irrelevant because those at the top have lost interest. Meanwhile, other programs will be scrounging for funding to meet basic departmental needs. When high-level positions become available, internal promotion seems to be considered only as a last resort. High staff turnover may reflect the fact that most employees do not consider the foundation a long-term career option (you will hear that frequently from coworkers with all lengths of service, especially those below the director level, who do not feel that there is any advancement option available to them).

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and training a skilled employee is much more expensive than retaining one. Free food and massages cannot improve morale when staff members come out of meetings asking if they should 'pack up their desk' or 'leave before they are fired,' (often heard by multiple people on the same day, for different reasons), or have been yelled at or talked down to in front of their colleagues. Please make a real effort to treat employees more respectfully, trust their judgement, and offer concrete incentives for performance to keep good hires committed to the foundation. I really love Found Animals and want to see us succeed.

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