American Heart Association

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American Heart Association Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
224 Reviews
2.5
224 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work Life balance is great for me in the position I am in (in 13 reviews)

  • Salary and benefits are competitive for a non-profit sector job (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent unless you are upper management (in 26 reviews)

  • Management, absolutely no work-life balance, salary, lack of appropriate training and time to acclimate (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great. Excellent Coworkers

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Life balance is great for me in the position I am in.

    Cons

    None for me right now. When I was in a different department things were run almost as an internal consulting firm which made it difficult to deliver a quality product to the in house customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop clear plan for advancement

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    It was a valuable experience overall

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    Current Employee - Development Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Development Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The role is extremely challenging, each person is responsible for managing a multiple county territory, with little support. The mission support is personally rewarding, but the AHA / ASA doesn't like to invite new ideas to the table.

    Cons

    The compensation is lower than if one worked in a private business sector, but that's one of the cons of working for a non-profit. Mircro-managing seems to be rampant in all divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Business development for fundraising

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    opportunity for advancement and growth

    Cons

    too much red tape and too many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great company to work for with a true mission and purpose.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Pros

    Growth opportunities and passionate volunteers.

    Cons

    Highly focused on the dollar.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for if you have a passion for the mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great for moms. I've been given so much flexibility in scheduling and being able to work from home if the little ones are sick or leaving early for recitals, etc. The work is 24/7 so it will always be on your mind but I have no idea how I would swing "working mom" without the flexibility they provide. The pay is good, I'm sure corporate would be better pay but the flexibility and treating you like an adult are worth a lot in my book. The mission is also amazing so it's easy to be passionate about what you do. They like to promote from within and work to create a career map with you to get where you want to go. I know several that started as administrative associates that are now Directors, Senior Directors and VPs.

    Cons

    The goals are ambitious, and the workload can be overwhelming at times. The emails never stop and it's on your mind all the time if you let it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Video Intern

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    Former Employee - Video Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Video Intern in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    leadership, experience, great manager, flexible hours, no pay but not surprised

    Cons

    small company in my city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you are wonderful!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Development Director
    Former Employee - Development Director

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - lots of 'corporate' support from regional and national HQ
    - great organization with a notable mission and reputation

    Cons

    - very aggressive fundraising goals, difficult to achieve
    - lots of 'after hours' work
    - no separate 'sick' time (aka need to use 'vacation' time when sick)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fundraising goals are handed down from management with (seemingly) little intelligence from those in the field. Unrealistic goals can diminish motivation of employees that already work tirelessly for the mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    AHA provided great experience and knowledge in the nonprofit sector.

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    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for an amazing cause. The phenomenal volunteers and donors. The staff. Decent salary and unheard of retirement. Overall AHA is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance. More staff needed for the expectations of the team. never enough time to celebrate a win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and notice what your team is doing. Hear their plans and ideas. Stop and celebrate success rather than moving right past it to the next big expectation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Loved the work, loved the flexibility, loved the cause.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time

    Pros

    Overall it was a very flexible and supportive environment. I was able to have a family, work full time, and adjust my in office schedule to meet my needs via work from home and flexible hours opportunities. Plus, at the end of the day I was completely passionate about the overall mission and goals of the company. I truly loved and enjoyed my job.

    Cons

    I worked very very long hours, had to travel frequently, and didn't feel the title or pay was commiserate with my job function and requirements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Development Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Development Coordinator
    Current Employee - Development Coordinator

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The AHA has a lot of useful resources through the American Heart University. You are able to work with a lot of people from volunteers to presidents & CEOs.

    Cons

    In some of the small offices there is not much room for growth. There is a high turnover rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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