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24 days ago

Community Marketing Manager

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

Creates pricing and service strategies for review by the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Revenue Officer to drive overall department strategy and… Glassdoor

22 hrs ago

Program Associate – new

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

Experience, preferably in an association or non-profit setting. Analytical problem solving ability, self-direction, project experience, research and… Glassdoor

17 days ago

Specialist - Meetings & Committees

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

This individual will independently manage and plan complex conferences as guided by the strategic plan and as directed by the Committee… Glassdoor

22 hrs ago

Meetings Assistant – new

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

High School Diploma required, some college experience or technical schooling preferred. If only a HS degree, previous… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Sourcing Manager

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

Responsible for generating savings by leveraging spend and reducing the supplier data base to increase efficiencies for staff; integrating best… Glassdoor

5 days ago

Project Specialist

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

Routinely meets with business stakeholders and senior program management staff members to ensure visibility of project status, project delivery… Glassdoor

22 hrs ago

Committees Manager – new

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

Committees Manager Litigation Exempt PK11313 Hiring range: $56,800- $62,140 The Committees Manager is responsible for the substantive committee… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Membership and Marketing Specialist

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

Experience in a membership-based organization is a plus. Education Bachelor’s Degree from four-year college or university… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Senior Recruiting Specialist

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Some knowledge of international job markets, salary ranges and allowance… Glassdoor

22 hrs ago

Senior Meeting Planner – new

American Bar Association Chicago, IL

This individual also will be responsible for the management of personnel assisting with the execution of the event and/or conference… Glassdoor

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    Crushing workload and unrealistic expectations far outweigh benefits

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    Former Employee - ABA Communications Group in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ABA Communications Group in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time (more than 10 years)


    Good benefits and a clean, secure work environment. A decent pension plan (for those who started before 1995). Many good people work there. The organization serves an important role within the legal community, not only in oversight, but also in a social sense.


    Training is improving, but lacking. Most of what an employee needs to know is learned through experience. Crushing workload and unrealistic expectations are the rule over the exception. There are tools in place to offer work/life balance, but staff are often too overworked to take advantage. Benefits are all self-serve and that eats a lot of time and effort on the part of the employee. There is little loyalty to staff. Changes to defined benefit (pension) plan render it nearly worthless to retain long-term employees. Someone with greater business savvy should be running ABA Publishing Books, and capitalizing on creative licensure that best serves ABAs's bottom line and content management. One Director I know of (and I've heard of others) runs his own little fiefdom, bullies good staff, and ultimately runs them out the door. That behavior should not be tolerated within an organization that defines itself as a defender of liberty and justice. The ABA can show little regard for the value of institutional knowledge. There is plenty of favoritism. which can, and does, undermine worker satisfaction. For instance, flextime arrangements for some aren't permitted for others in the same group. It's hit or miss on what reality you'll find when you join ABA's ranks. The ideals of the organization seem to have given-way to a hostile, corporate environment over the years following the infamous $12-million oversight (and ABA's migration to Oracle i-Procurement).

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    For ABA Publishing, identify where you want to go/grow and direct thoughtful effort to get there. Keep in mind that proprietary software, silver-tongued salesmen, and lackey consultants can be costly and miss the mark.
    ABA in general, if there's a way to rein-in the workload insanity, ABA would retain more great people and improve morale, strengthening the organization

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