Shelter Technician, Lewiston, ME - November 11, 2016
It's an absolutely rewarding job, such a heartwarming feeling caring for animals that don't have any "people" and you are their "people" until you match them with their new owners. That aspect of the job is amazing. However, it's really hard to enjoy your job when the way the place is run Is frustrating beyond words. It's hectic 24/7 and a lot to handle which I 100% understand, but sometimes it just doesn't sit well. You're rushed and pressured to finish cleaning your assigned rooms as fast as possible, if you do not or if you take longer than others, you are seen as lazy/slow, but if you aren't in your rooms you're considered neglectful/careless...you can't win. Good luck finding a manager when you need one, they do whatever they want and will leave the building and just disappear leaving no management on the premises so they can go get coffee etc. Also good luck getting time off/making plans in your personal life, sometimes you don't find out the schedule for the week until less than 12 hours until you're supposed to be at work. Management needs some serious organization and a serious reality check before barking orders around and essentially giving us tasks that are setting us up to fail and make us look bad, they don't care. Co workers are not very inviting or welcoming for several months, it's very clique-y, you're either in or you're out. If you're out, even more good luck to you.