ASAE Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Fabulous workplace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ASAE full-time

    Pros

    People are warm, welcoming, smart. Very little political intrigue, gossip, backbiting. Decent salaries for a nonprofit. Excellent benefits, including tuition reimbursement. Good mission. CEO offers a role model for how to lead with a firm hand while also empowering and respecting all staff. Excellent financial position.

    Cons

    It's such a good place to work that the senior staff almost never leave, thus making it harder for others to rise.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment & excellent perks (time off, staff outings, 401k matching)

    Cons

    No real growth opportunities. Lots of turnover with younger staff that reach a certain point and realize there is nowhere to go.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good work not required.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good healthcare benefits, convenient office location and employer 401k match, EOE, working hard not required since it isn't recognized, stupid benefits like office outings and parties, holiday pay

    Cons

    Promotions are rare and randomly given; good performance isn't recognized; very slow pace of change; demoralizing environment when you realize that it doesn't matter whether you do well at your job; capricious volunteer leadership to whose whims are catered. Seriously longevity here is more respected than actually doing your job well. Terrible in-house marketing department that doesn't understand basic tenets of a paying membership processional society.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who actually succeed in their job performance. Be quicker to adapt to changing nonprofit landscape. Stop being so reactionary to individual volunteer leaders.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Only for those who love office politics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you love office politics, brown nosing and gossip you'll love working there.

    Cons

    VP's suck up to the CEO and the board. Lower staff walked on continuously. In over 5 years, the lack of innovation, caring about staff and the lack of any opportunities meant it was beyond time to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Hire senior staff that knows what they are doing. Care about your staff that is actually doing the work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Ok company, difficult experiences in certain departments

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ASAE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Early closings before major holidays. Educational opportunities for staff at the various meetings/conferences held throughout the year. Annual meetings and conferences allow staff volunteers the ability to travel with the company and interact with its members.

    Cons

    Dated company culture masquerading as innovative. Management-level staff is only so because of longevity with the company and not necessarily based on skill-set or managerial qualities. Job titles and descriptions are ill-defined, with clear power totems and little to no room for advancement. The company is departmentaly siloed, often creating friction between various teams.

    Advice to Management

    Create mandatory manager-level training systems, and evaluate their abilities regularly. Recognize and reward hard workers and major project contributors regularly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    great company to stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, access to PD programs, location

    Cons

    commitment to diversity is only surface, too many meetings, promotions aren't logical

    Advice to Management

    Promote lower lever staff more ofter


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managerial in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managerial in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ASAE full-time

    Pros

    Cares about its employees - and it shows. Great bennies including generous 401k. Follows federal work calendar. Good people to work with. Competitive starting salary (see cons).

    Cons

    Office politics can be a factor. Little opportunity for promotion. Negotiate the best starting salary you can get because the annual raises are typically only a couple percent (assuming satisfactory performance). Hard to tell where you stand with your supervisor, but that can vary depending on the person.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Would have liked the CEO and COO to be more visible and inviting. Overall a good job in fostering a desirable workplace.


  9. Place to learn it all from the inside out

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ASAE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun meetings, great education, great colleagues. Pretty decent work life balance. Access to a lot of tremendous learning opportunities and great access to additional job opportunities.

    Cons

    There is not a whole lot of upward mobility. Outside associations look up to ASAE, but it too doesn't always do things as perfectly as one would expect.

    Advice to Management

    Create a strong corporate like mentoring program to hand pick future leaders and retain them, by training them in various areas...and let them know they are on this track.


  10. Great foundation to association management

    Former Employee - Membership
    Former Employee - Membership

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and location, fun conferences

    Cons

    No complaints I can think of, left when it was time to move on


  11. Positive, great industry.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work life balance, interesting industry

    Cons

    Limited growth, not as innovative as other industries

    Advice to Management

    Focus on efficiency and continuous improvement



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