American Heart Association Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Really depends on location & team but overall very positive work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Depends on Your Position & Market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely polite co-workers. Company culture tends to be cheerful and non-confrontational. Many people truly love what they do. Many positions offer flexible schedules. My job before AHA was super stressful and fast paced so I find this environment enjoyable. Perfect if you have children or personal projects you would like to focus on outside of work.

    Cons

    Need to hire a strong Chief Operations Officer to update all systems. All of the websites are clunky and archaic. There is no central volunteer database. No central email list. The internet is slow and inconsistent. Files are kept by staff members and when they leave the organization, documents and contacts fall through the cracks. Need to create updated digital marketing systems to bring company into new age. The projects can be a bit monotonous and not intellectually stimulating.

    Advice to Management

    Fundraising is important and AHA does that well. However, bring on some top level consultants to do an audit to identify systems that no longer work. There is a lot of unneeded frustration organization wide that could be reduced with more efficiency in technology and better organizational systems.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Technical Difficulties

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The youth management team are great driven women. The message is clear & the campaign I worked on was enjoyable.

    Cons

    Onboarding & accounting. The people trying to help me were just as frustrated as I was.

    Advice to Management

    People that work for nonprofits are amazing & they should always be compensated for that.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Valuable experience - great place to learn best practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gala Director in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Gala Director in Orlando, FL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best salary in non-profit, also have the opportunity to bonus although challenging to qualify

    Cons

    Turnover, unrealistic year over year goals and very little room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Professionalism is appreciated, consistency is valued, and leading by example is always respected

  6. Helpful (1)

    My experience at the American Heart Association has been very positive.

    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

    The working environment here is great. There is a quiet room, and exercise room, and even a full kitchen for all the workers to indulge in.

    Cons

    The rooms are huge and made up of cubicles. This allows for you to hear everyone's conversations which can be distracting if you are not used to this kind of environment.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Challenging work environment, high fundraising goals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, challenging goals, somewhat flexible

    Cons

    Training is lacking, fundraising goals

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    I love my job, but can see why some people are frustrated in their current roles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association

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

    Pros

    great co workers
    lots of time off (PTO and office holidays)
    amazing mission and programs
    major shift to focus more and highlight health strategies/ initiatives

    Cons

    following best practices can sometimes be a hindrance
    titles don't always reflect the job
    very sales oriented

    Advice to Management

    be open to change and creative thinking

  9. Great for Sales People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Great mission. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very sales-oriented. If you are not a salesman(woman) do not apply.

  10. Events and Business Operations Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association

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

    Pros

    Gained great experience to use for a future career

    Cons

    Unpaid internship and no current job opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is helpful and a positive, friendly work environment

  11. Great job for a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Mobile, AL

    I worked at American Heart Association

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

    Pros

    Great job to get into non profit

    Cons

    Lots of work but good times

    Advice to Management

    More guidance

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