- Washington Humane Society07.Dec 2015
Great mission and passionate people, but definite lack of appreciation for workers.
Support from management
The work style is very reactive vs proactive and this is very much a top-down thing, starting from the CEO who does not make it a priority to invest in the employees who could very well be the next leaders of the organization. Instead, workers are treated as disposable and not worth investing in, or even appreciating.
Definite lack of transparency and honesty from leadership, but the folks who are in the thick of the action are the heart and soul of the organization and do their best to save lives every day.
Freedom to work independently
The best is done with what is available in terms of manpower, but there is not much being done to ensure that there is enough manpower.
Attitude towards older colleagues
No senior workers but the job might be too demanding for it. Long-serving colleagues are definitely under-appreciated. There are staff who have been there longer than the current leadership who are blatantly under-valued as team-members.
No clear criteria for advancement. Outsiders are often brought in to fill in leadership roles. No funds or system to enhance your skill set.
Overall compensation for your work
Good benefits and timely pay. It is a non-profit so the salary is low, but even negotiating a raise can put you in a bad spot.
Office / Work Environment
Poor shelter conditions. Admin office has mouse and mold problem which no one is taking care of. HVAC constantly breaking down. Cramped work environments.
The work itself is inherently compassionate -- towards animals. Towards humans, not so much.
CEO expects employees, especially leadership, to not have work-life balance and often brags about it during meetings. This trickles down to the rest of the staff resulting in folks who are over-worked and underpaid leading to high turnover, often leaving the org to work with the competition.
Employees love the mission but hate the culture leadership has cultivated.
Financially, the job is more than likely secure, but you can be fired on a whim.
Most facilities are not accessible.
Always proud of saving lives, but there is very little opportunity for advancement, so work will become stale.
Inclusive / Diverse
Leadership is all white, which becomes a problem because often racism and discrimination do not get taken seriously, both internally (amongst staff there is no support system or way to speak to someone who will take what is being said seriously) and externally (dealing with adopters and other community members).
What I like about the company
Awesome mission and passionate co-workers.
What I dislike about the company
The leadership seems to be stuck on accomplishments of the past and is not realistic about the future in that it is very aspirational, but not necessarily practical. There is also virtually no desire to modernize or update procedures and protocols, especially when it comes to organizational harmony and growth.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyWashington Humane Society
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2013