PDSA Reviews

Updated 10 Jan 2021

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3.7
71%
Recommend to a Friend
52%
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PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin (no image)
Jan McLoughlin
42 Ratings
Pros
  • "Wanted to volunteer because I believe in the charity of helping sick animals(in 6 reviews)

  • "Really good team and great cause to work for(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be slow but nature of the charity sector(in 7 reviews)

  • "The majority of head office staff do as they please with very little oversight(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Lovely place to volunteer"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Volunteer Retail Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PDSA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Such a friendly and welcoming environment to work in

    Cons

    None really, just wish I had more time to volunteer

  2. "Friendly"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PDSA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive staff members

    Cons

    Could do with having more staff working

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  3. "ok"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Stock Collector in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PDSA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good work mates at lower levels

    Cons

    remote head office and lack of face to face communication

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  4. "More stressful than it ever needed to be."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Telford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PDSA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It's a very worthwhile cause whether you love animals or have compassion for other humans who have fallen on hard times.

    Cons

    The head office is like Trigger's broom. Constant replacements of Heads and Staff.

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  5. "fab charity to work for"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Store Assistant in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PDSA part-time

    Pros

    friendly. good work ethos, take care of their staff

    Cons

    none, they are a great employer

  6. "volunteer work experience"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Volunteer Assistant in Bramley, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PDSA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Staff are kind and a good place to work for

    Cons

    Sometimes can be heavy stuff to lift

  7. "PDSA Vet"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Veterinarian in Glasgow, Scotland

    I have been working at PDSA part-time

    Pros

    Nice team, fast paced, varied case load

    Cons

    Can miss being able to work cases up as in private practice

  8. COVID-19

    "Covid isnt to blame"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Telford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PDSA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The charitable cause, the passion of some colleagues

    Cons

    Initially a number of people were furloughed but the organisation used it as an excuse to restructure again (it happens regularly). More than 70 people were made redundant, leaving those behind overworked and stressed out.

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  9. "Good"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - VCA in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PDSA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with animals every day

    Cons

    Low pay if you’re not a vet

  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Not the place to be"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing in Telford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PDSA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1 hour lunch and learnt how to navigate manipulative people.

    Cons

    Shambles. They look at something shiny and want it then deny all knowledge when it goes wrong. Since I left 75 people got made redundant and they used the covid crisis as an opportunity to restructure. All smt are passive aggressive and immoral except the people involved in veterinary who are genuinely nice people

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