AAPS Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Scientific Nonprofit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AAPS full-time

    Pros

    The people at AAPS, including members, leaders, and staff are truly terrific and committed to the success of the organization. The benefits are fantastic and emphasis is placed on personal as well as professional development.

    Cons

    Advancement in the organization can be limited. Some resistance to outside ideas or reluctance to recognize trends that could impact the organization. Initiatives slowed down by risk-aversion and oversight.

    Advice to Management

    A mission statement is not a strategy. In the words of Ken Favaro, "...strategy boils down to three fundamental questions: First, how can you differentiate yourself from the competition in the way you create value? Second, what capabilities do you have that are distinct from those of your rivals and essential to your particular way of creating value? Third, what business should you be in, and what products and services should you offer, give your chosen approach to creating value and your particular set of distinct capabilities?"


  2. Needs Help

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AAPS full-time

    Pros

    Great Members; great location;

    Cons

    Some directors have been there too long; no new ideas; declining membership and meeting attendance and no new ideas presented on how to reverse trends; marketing department is glorified email sender and brochure producers; membership department too large and ineffective; meetings department too large and lead by bullies - they don't play well with anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Most of current directors have become too complacent. Need to clean house and bring in fresh ideas and perspectives. Desperately need new ideas to stay relevant.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Mostly Good but some Bad Apples that really spoil it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAPS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good employees, middle managers and & directors. Good location in Arlington. Free garage parking.

    Cons

    A few directors do not get along and this causes severe workflow backup and an us vs them mentality. A few employees are in positions that do not complement their skill set, especially in web development. Meetings department usually bullies the rest of the association into getting their way. Steady decline in membership causing severe cutbacks.

    Advice to Management

    Static long term management in Exec and Meetings needs a shakeup. New ideas are not accepted and implemented because it may conflict w way things have always been done. Lack of true leadership in about half of the departments.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    AAPS is a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAPS full-time

    Pros

    Leadership strives to make all employees feel valued and important. Great culture with an open door policy. Coworkers are very friendly. Benefits and perks are good. Super location in Arlington in the Courthouse area.

    Cons

    As with any smaller organization, there at times can not be a lot of room for advancement. But , leadership recognizes that and there is room for growth.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, open to new ideas to make processes run more efficiently!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AAPS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture at AAPS is great, the current CEO is very supportive. Location is convenient, right across from Courthouse metro. FREE parking! New ideas are welcome, unlike other companies which follow the "it's always been done that way" mentality. Great coworkers A lot of tenure amongst employees, averaging 7-8 yrs...with some as high as 20+. Minimal micromanagement Fun Committee holds monthly events to increase staff camaraderie (Biggest Loser competition, Super Bowl, March Madness, Summer Picnic, Staff Appreciation month, Holiday party, etc).

    Cons

    Pay is adequate, but merit bonuses are incredibly paltry. Barely keeping up with cost of living. After first year you receive a "bonus" which might cover a cable bill for 2-3 months, at best. Despite cutting expenses from budget for important things like professional development, upper management still receives several thousand dollar bonuses. It would be nice to keep some of the benefits that keep staff happy instead of continuing to hold a leadership retreat for directors and EC which is a glorified team building meeting but in a resort location. The retreat can be just as effective on a down-scaled budget. Very inconsistent methodology on who should get offices vs. cubes. Some admins/specialists are in closed door offices but then managers are in cubicles. Losing membership due to offering attendees the same old same old annual meeting. Unless in sales, appraisals are expected to only reach Meets Expectations vs Exceeds, which results in the how the percentage for the minimal 4% "merit" is calculated. I was promoted within 18 months, but now after 2+ years in the new position, there is no more room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    I think AAPS is doing a great job, I just wish there were a little more transparency. If budget was going to be cut for important things, I would expect that upper management also be affected by a lower bonus. Also the Executive Council needs to listen to its members more. There is a reason that membership at the annual meetings keep dwindling and it's due to the fact that meetings are no longer meeting the needs of the members.



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