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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. "The job is hard, but rewarding. Staff aren't as appreciated as they should be."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work is very rewarding and you get a lot of great experience working in a fast-paced environment. The animals are great, and when the team works well together, the work environment is really a great place.

    Cons

    The facility is not equipped to safely perform surgery on the number of animals we received on a daily basis. The equipment was outdated - some of it didn't even work. When this was brought to management, nothing really happened to change it. We were also really understaffed, which led to safety concerns for the animals - there weren't enough techs to monitor the animals we had.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff! Pay them more - and make sure that you're paying everyone an equal amount if they have equal experience. Make sure the surgery suite is prepped with equipment that works!


  2. "Veterinary Technician"

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    Former Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Former Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Recommends

    I worked at Washington Humane Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very rewarding experience working to help and save many animals in need with limited resources. You start off with great motivation, determination and compassion in your position. I really enjoyed the work that I did here at WHS.

    Cons

    Because there are so many animals in need with limited resources and options, you develop compassion fatigue and can be overwhelmed with the burden of a heavy work load.

    Advice to Management

    Continuous support between management and staff.


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