Austin Pets Alive! Employee Review

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Great mission, struggles with staff mangement
Vet Tech (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 11, 2019
The mission that APA works towards, keeping Austin no kill, is fantastic. Because of this, the staff that are attracted to work there are generally great, and everyone is in it for the right reasons. This sense of community and "all in it together", and putting the animals first, is the greatest thing about working there.

The issues come from upper management. There's such a focus on volunteer retention and foster retention, while staff are seen as expendable or replaceable. Discipline can be harsh or unfair, and great employees end up leaving because no one made them feel valued enough to stay. Rates of pay vary enormously from department to department in an arbitrary way.

I wouldn't recommend working there with the current staff culture, because it's all on you but you get the least amount of latitude and support. However, they treat their volunteers/fosters amazingly and that teamwork culture really thrives in those spheres. If you're committed to helping the animals in Austin, I would highly recommend volunteering or fostering, but find some other way to pay the bills.
Cheap healthcare/benefits, flexibility to change departments, great animals
No room for constructive negative feedback, staff receive poor feedback and personal development, little to no training, disorganized management style
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Shelter Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 15, 2019
I learned how to care for pets in a more compassionate fashion. This place was awesome, a place where I can can work and forget about stress at the same time.
Working with pets.
The days ends and I have to go home.
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Employees are not valued
Employee (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 4, 2019
Most people go to work at APA because they are passionate about animal rescue. However, you very quickly become disillusioned when working there. Employees are expected to work long hours in an unsafe and unhealthy environment. The wages would make you want to cry and there is no consistency in experience/work load in relation to pay scale.

Overall, APA has become more focused on politics and maintaining a public image than on actually caring for the animals.

This is an organization that held so much promise, but is very poorly run.
The animals
low pay, no appreciation
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