American Heart Association Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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American Heart Association CEO Nancy A. Brown
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Pros
  • Work/life balance (if you take advantage of it) (in 13 reviews)

  • Serves as great experience if you have any interest in working for a Non-Profit Organization (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent unless you are upper management (in 27 reviews)

  • Definitely no work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - MCI in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - MCI in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Heart Association as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to help with various departments. Was given a good amount of responsibilities; didn't just sit around and watch. Great insight into the non profit realm. Very friendly and inviting staff!

    Cons

    Apparently it's rare for an intern to get hired post internship. Commute to office (when not getting paid) becomes aggravating but it's LA, what can you expect?


  2. Office Manager/Special Event Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and great benefits

    Cons

    lots of travel far away


  3. Director of Development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very flexible schedule, great salary and benefits, good mission, well-run

    Cons

    difficulty engaging volunteers with the mission, unreachable goals


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  5. Company Review

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    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at American Heart Association (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment and their mission makes the AHA a wonderful organization to work for. It's a great place to learn various skills especially for entry level individuals.

    Cons

    Although it's a nonprofit organization and they have great values, the AHA needs to allocate some money to update the technology and computer systems in the office.


  6. Development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The Heart Association is a good employer and pays relatively well for the market pay for the job. Excellent flexibility with time, good PTO rollover.

    Cons

    They have extremely high fundraising goals that seem unattainable most of the time. Senior management can be "bullies"; health insurance benefits are limited and don't cover much.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent work/life balance but very limited benefits through current health insurer.


  7. Coordinator

    Former Employee - Central Florida Administrator in Belleair Bluffs, FL
    Former Employee - Central Florida Administrator in Belleair Bluffs, FL

    I worked at American Heart Association (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great company to work for they care about their employees

    Cons

    Most of the company moved out of state


  8. Youth Market Director

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    Current Employee - Youth Market Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Youth Market Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Self-driven position. Lots of independence; lots or responsibility

    Cons

    Very high goals. Must be goal-oriented, competitive, and driven to be successful


  9. Great Place to Start a Nonprofit Career

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible hours and remote work options available -Good benefits package -Ability/requirement to work independently, to challenge yourself -Respected brand and impactful mission/results resonate with donors and partners -Great place for young/novice nonprofit professionals

    Cons

    -Long hours, lots of reporting and database work -Limited opportunity for advancement -Somewhat low pay

    Advice to Management

    -Allow more innovation and autonomy in regions -Encourage more professional development -Offer more internal promotions


  10. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for with great benifits

    Cons

    Sometimes the reaching of Goals overshadows the mission.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Really depends on location & team but overall very positive work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers! Some of the most positive, supportive, talented and uplifting people I've had the pleasure to work with. My personal experience with managers is that they have been fantastic. Managers make or break a work experience and my managers have all been amazing. It seems like upper management is making a more concerted effort to implement feedback from employees. Good benefits.

    Cons

    This is neither a pro or con, but you must be passionate about the mission to succeed here. Also not a pro or con, but this is a very corporate environment. Very structured. Pay isn't bad but could be better for the amount of time people put in and the talent that is recruited. Raises are capped at 4% max per year (with a stellar review.) LOTS of meetings! Sooooo many meetings. I cherish the days that I have only one meeting. It makes it hard to accomplish actual work when you have so many meetings. It's also hard to focus on meetings when most people multitask through them. Doesn't seem to be the ideal use of time. LOTS of work. A never ending amount of work. While they try to emphasize a work life balance, many of the most successful employees are responding to emails at all hours of the day, night and weekends which puts pressure on those hoping to achieve the same success to follow suit. Very conservative work environment, which has pros and cons. Bureaucracy - its hard to implement innovative ideas because there is often a lot of red tape to cross and many opinions get thrown in so nothing moves forward. They are working on this but with the set up of the company it will be hard to change. Generally speaking, it takes a long time to move up in the Health Strategies departments. The pro of that is people stay with the company for many years because it's a great place to work. More opportunities are available for the Development/ Fundraising teams, but there is also more turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of meetings. Focus on helping your employees to achieve the most significant work. Upper management - be open to innovation from all levels. All of our most exciting, praised and successful ideas are innovative, yet it's hard to push innovative ideas through the red tape.



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