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"Satisfying work, difficult environment"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Washington Humane Society

  1. "They do their very best to take care of the animals."

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    Current Employee - Vet Tech in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Vet Tech in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Washington Humane Society full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    multiple days off back to back

    Cons

    Long days that start early and end late.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work overall.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Humane to Animals, not employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Washington Humane Society full-time

    Pros

    You get to work for one of the leading Humane organizations in the country, lots of PR. events, and you get to work with some amazing people.

    Cons

    The upper management is more focused on the "future" than growing their employees, and paying them a living wage.

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