Alzheimer's Association Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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  • Great benefits for single individuals, families/couples not so (in 6 reviews)

  • The senior management seem to really understand the value of retaining people and making the Alzheimer's Association a great place to work (in 5 reviews)

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  • With such small chapters, chances are you will have no room for growth or professional development (in 5 reviews)

  • One of my worst experiences in the non-profit industry, the incompetent Board of Directors released a great E (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow is appreciated.

    Cons

    formation of small groups that want to monopolize.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, great people

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, 5 weeks paid time off, great 401k, very nice co-workers, great location in best part of the Loop, good work/life balance (everyone leaves at 5), valuable work being done

    Cons

    Very 'top down' management, input not requested nor desired, not much room for advancement, favoritism ('different rules for different people'), managers are not trained - just got their jobs by being in 'right place at the right time', the disease itself is depressing and you talk about it all day, every day (didn't affect me but could affect others), bland beige 'cube world' type of environment - but the benefits and good people made up for it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers from outside who have proven themselves as leaders and who are actually skilled at managing and encouraging people. This is by far the #1 that is lacking in the organization.


  3. Great org with room for improvement

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    Former Employee - Development Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Development Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association (More than a year)

    Pros

    wonderful organization to work for with a clear mission and vision

    Cons

    upper management in the local chapter does not seem to value employees hard work which seems to be in complete contrast to the rest of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Support and encourage employees, don't demean them.


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  5. Good, not Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small but hardworking staff, pursuing an excellent mission. You will feel engaged and active in your work on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Small staff means overstretched staff. Very little group support. Internal office politics can degrade from work quality and decisions to adapt are made slowly if at all. Underpaid, but that is the reality of this line of work.


  6. Local office needs improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time

    Pros

    Flexible in duties nice co workers

    Cons

    Overly cheap CEO, his dogs In the office distracting and scares visitors


  7. Internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great organization to work for. Lots of opportunity to spear head own projects

    Cons

    Sometimes the work was a bit disorganized. However, I felt this was mostly because the organization was growing.


  8. Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Washington in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mission of the organization is very relevant and the organization is fully committed to increasing the awareness and funding the for the needed research to fight this disease.

    Cons

    Maintain a very heavy work load.


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    President & CEO

    Former Employee - President and Chief Executive Officer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - President and Chief Executive Officer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Important and compelling cause that needs national and international attention and significantly more funding to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

    Cons

    An organization in cultural and organizational transition with staff and a new board chair and board reflective of both the new and former culture needing to rally under a unified strategy and a new national framework currently being built.

    Advice to Management

    Balance service to those families in need while raising much needed funds for research to find a cure and providing programs and services at little or no cost.


  10. All the love

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    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association (More than a year)

    Pros

    People really care for each other Being a non-profit, people come first, not the bottom line Team atmosphere As an intern, I was treated with the same respect as everyone else.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about this organization or the work they do.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are great! Keep up the good work you do for the community!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Stifling Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As nonprofits go, the benefits at the Alzheimer's Association are better than most. In particular, they offer a really good retirement (401K) plan.

    Cons

    Autocratic, top-down management. Stifling, inflexible, entropic bureaucracy. Independent thinking is actively discouraged. It's run like a big corporation, not like a nonprofit, and for the most part, that's not a good thing. The primary focus is on money, not mission; there is far more emphasis on fundraising than on delivery of programs and services. I left when I realized that this is an organization that I would not care to donate money to.



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