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Updated Oct 3, 2017

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Pros
  • "Great people making a difference.(in 9 reviews)
  • "Passionate and committed staff.(in 8 reviews)
  • "Great colleagues who are passionate about the cause.(in 5 reviews)
  • "Opportunities to learn new campaigning and working techniques are encouraged by certain managers, and are eagerly exploited by staff.(in 3 reviews)
  • "Fair pay(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Horrific. If supporters knew how the organisation treated people WSPA would cease to exist.

    Jul 18, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    WSPA is an organisation staffed, at least at the lower levels, by people incredibly passionate about animals who are personally invested in the work that they do and the positive impact it has on animal welfare. The pay is fairly competitive.

    Cons

    I honestly don't know where to begin. The organisation is internally corrupt to such an extent that it is impossible to achieve the goals that it sets out to. Staff are treated abhorrently. There is no work/life balance. You are constantly overworked, but not just because it's busy and it's a charity and they're tight on resources; you are overworked because once you reach a certain point in the management hierarchy there is literally no accountability. Those people, and the people who work for them if they are so inclined, have no reason ever to improve the quality of their work, because they will never be held to account for the results or to fix their problems - that job is always someone else's. The nepotism demonstrated is sickening. The management are all chums from a previous organisation and consistently act out their disrespect for legal hiring practices. People have been let go at the end of their contracts because their manager didn't like them (it's ok, that's not the documented reason, HR was present in the discussion and made sure that they didn't record the illegal reasons) and others made redundant on completely false grounds, none of which benefits the charity. But it's ok, cause no one at the management level or above actually cares, so it will always appear to be good! Money is literally thrown away, with the people responsible actively obstructing implementing reporting procedures to record that this could be happening to address it, so on a surface level everything may look nice and pretty and positive but none of the negative is documented. Complaints to HR won't be recorded because if they are they will eventually have to act on them, which they have no intention of ever doing. I could honestly write pages about things that need to be addressed, but there is no point. The people in the organisation don't care and won't listen (I tried for years). All that I hope that this accomplishes is that people avoid working there. Work anywhere else. If you want to work for a charity, this place will destroy your perception of what that experience is like; if you want to work for an animal charity, this place will destroy you.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Heart is there, the delivery is working progress.

    Jan 24, 2015 - Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The HR team (and in particular, the Head) are excellent, empathic and help mitigate many of the issues discussed in this forum as well as providing a rational back bone to the charity. Flexible working, forward facing policies, competitive salaries and (for the most part) talented co workers also ring true.

    Cons

    I won't comment on the (at points) less constructive observations raised, save to say that the problem for perhaps the last 3-4 years has been a seemingly cyclical process of rushed decisions, management brought in without the necessary skill set to nurture existing employees through change, and an organisation trying to run before it can walk with campaigning. This naturally impacts on the confidence and ability of the existing talented staff who are keen to progess animal welfare, and makes it harder to retain staff when other opportunities arise. This combined with a very strong and at times, tunnel visioned comms approach has occasionally led to a watered down or flash in the pan impact.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  3. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Miserable

    Jul 4, 2017 -  in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Shared trauma creates good friendships.

    Cons

    This organisation is constantly trying to prove to itself that it can do the job it purports to do, but fails in almost every way. Working here was a daily professional and personal slap in the face. As for work environment, you will observe adults behave like spoilt children after following the example set by senior management. Hard workers, late stayers and those with the most relevant sector experience will be bullied, exploited and demoralised, as they watch those in bed with the CEO promoted. I’ve never worked anywhere else with such a high turnover rate, or so many taking stress leave to recover from doing their office-based jobs. Do yourself a favour and work for a charity that cares about its employees, recognises effort, and applauds genuine passion for the cause. Steer clear of this soul destroying black hole in the animal welfare movement, where supporter donations go to die.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    A charity which cares more about titles than helping animals

    Sep 9, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The salaries are good for the sector and I met some really nice people.

    Cons

    A lot of the problems at WSPA (now re-branded World Animal Protection) stem from the poor leadership of the senior management teams. There is a lack of transparency around hiring and promotions, and an obsession with titles and hierarchy. The opinions of non-senior staff are often dismissed and it is very difficult to progress. There is a lot I could go in to around certain issues to do with leadership, transparency and morale, but I do not wish to as I do not want to damage the reputation of what could be a very effective charity. However, I would say that a good test to see how good an organisation is, is by how many staff members donate or fundraise (in an non-paid capacity). I don't believe that many of WSPA/World Animal Protection's supporters are staff members.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    plea to management - care about your staff

    Oct 20, 2014 - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Like so many of the other reviews here; the best thing about WSPA (or WAP as it is now known) is that the colleagues you will work alongside are amazing and completely dedicated to animal welfare. Don't go any higher than Manager level though because at this point your realise it is every man and women out for themselves in one giant power battle which has nothing whatsoever to do with animals. You will make so brilliant friends, and get paid a decent amount - and hopefully the connections you make will help you quickly find your next job.

    Cons

    Here is my plea to management - care about your staff, and show them that you care. Maybe even apologise for your mistakes - this would go a long way. WAP has a long and horrible history of bullying, and the HR team are only seen to work for the benefit of the senior managers. Countless staff have left with no job to go to because they simply cannot stand to work there anymore. This is especially true of the UK office. And yet this is both never recognised by managers - or acted upon. If you are liked by SMT then the world is your oyster - you can get promoted to positions created especially for you, get pay rises and are flown around the world. The inconsistent recruitment policy is a long term cause of frustration amongst middle and junior management staff who see people get given jobs, whilst other position are advertised externally and internal candidates are told not to apply. This review and all the others written on here are considered to be the views of a couple of 'troublemakers' - SMT listen to your staff. We are not troublemakers, we want to work in a constructive environment which doesn't pit staff at junior levels against each other, which in turn creates an atmosphere of fear and distrust. This only results in teams which won’t communicate because they feel they are competing with one another. This all comes down to the fact that the CEO won’t decide who ultimately makes decisions, should the communications team guide campaigns, should policy or campaigns come first? No one will make the decision so the internal infighting to see who comes out on top is horrendous. SMT - It is good that you have finally chosen to recognise the Union, but now you have to listen to what the Union say and make changes which show that you genuinely care about your staff. Secondly, please actually do something to make the lives of animals better. I really don't understand how WAP hasn't been investigated by the Charity Commission or a similar body for misuse of charity funds. The reporting system asks for staff to indicate how many animals have been 'saved' by the work of WAP. The real answer is shockingly low, a handful of bears that are taken into a sanctuary in Romania are the only real beneficiaries of WAP's millions. And this case study is then used as the fundraising appeal to generate excessive amounts of money which is ploughed back into a series of endless board meetings and strategy workshops. I don't know how many times each country office can say that a new sanctuary enclosure needs to be built before someone questions exactly how much money actually goes to the sanctuary (a fraction of what is raised). It is often mentioned that charity funds have been used inappropriately, be it to pay for large workshops which require staff from all around the world to fly to the UK to stay in four star hotels, or to pay for the rent on a London flat for a member of SMT. Almost like the MP's expenses scandal it seems that this can’t go on forever without members of the public finding out. As another reviewer mentioned I have known staff who loved WAP before joining, and donated on a monthly basis - only to join the organisation and immediately cancel their direct debit once they understand how their donation is used. Surely this is an indication that something is seriously wrong with the charity.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Current Employee

    difficult to work for a subsidiary of an international org

    Jun 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    most people are passionate about what they do; nice office space

    Cons

    waiting on permission/approval/information from international - it is always delayed; don't have a great ratio of program:admin costs and has a terrible charity navigator score; very small local office - approx 5/15 employees left over last 6 months

    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great people and working environment

    Jul 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There are some amazing passionate people that work here, friendly and knowledgeable in their own fields, always willing to help. Development opportunities are outstanding, but you have to know what you want and not be afraid to ask. I have personally been offered great career progression that I will forever be grateful for. Many recent changes in culture and structure helped streamline processes and identify faults, which made our voices feel heard.

    Cons

    Not a lot of extra employee benefits, but as an animal lover, working for a charity that helps so many animals surely is benefit enough.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Spoiler Alert: It's bad.

    Mar 8, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people on the ground actually doing the work of the charity are wonderful, talented people who carry on thanklessly doing the work they genuinely care about despite the endless obstacles put in front of them by a truly hapless senior management drunk on their own overblown sense of self-importance.

    Cons

    I've worked at some pretty haphazardly run organisations, but this one is by far the worst. The charity's management seems to be fuelled almost entirely by arrogance and self-righteousness and the only good ideas they get for how to change things they have to ask for from the people who are busy doing the actual work of the charity. But then, of course, those suggestions are routinely ignored, because most of the time, to enact them would require the leadership to actually be good at their jobs. Senior management's overall approach borders on either incompetence or wilful ignorance and in any other setting would warrant a motion of no confidence. They are absolutely haemorrhaging people and the leadership seems entirely incapable of looking inwardly (or even just listening to employees) and coming to the same conclusion that everyone else has: that a hapless senior management is what's wrong with morale and to fix that you can't depend on the senior managers to change their ways, you have to change senior management. Seriously, just clean house and start over, preferably with fewer senior managers. Here's an idea: why not make it a part of the new brand so at least that would have some meaningful, positive impact for once?? There's a huge (stated, anyway) push towards openness and transparency but thus far it has proven to be all talk meant to quell the peasantry and any attempts made to be more transparent seem to be met with annoyance by the leadership who feels insulted that they should have to stoop so low and actually speak to the people that work there. To be fair though, they do probably have another in an endless stream of meetings to be at where they all sit around and pat themselves on the back about how often they're using the words 'open' and 'transparent'. If someone should by some fit of madness decide to work here don't trust the the leadership because the second they have an opportunity to be self-serving they're going to jump at it and blame you for their own cluelessness. I can only hope for the benefit of the good people that still work there that when the inevitable redundancies come it's the top-heavy management structure that bears the brunt so the people left behind are the ones that actually do the things that contribute to the charity's goals.

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    9 people found this review helpful
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