Alzheimer's Association Reviews

Updated July 19, 2014
Updated July 19, 2014
53 Reviews

3.3
53 Reviews
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Pros
  • if you want to get your feet wet in the world of development this is a great place to learn the trade (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits are provided to the staff to compensate for overall low salaries (in 4 reviews)


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

  • As many non-profit organizations can be, it was a little bit disorganized (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Illinois Chapter great place to grow, risk tolerant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very supportive of staff with ideas - though not everyone steps up with ideas. When I presented my idea to senior management, they jumped on the idea and let me run with it. It went very well and I got a $ bonus for my success. Not all employers willing to do that. Good medical and dental benefits, 401K match, good PTO, life and disability insurance.

    Cons

    There are always whiners in every org - this one is no different. But if you can ignore them, you can excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you are doing. Keep offering new opportunities as often as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    PR Assistant/Intern

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    Former Employee - PR Assistant
    Former Employee - PR Assistant

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The sense of community in the office is wonderful. Everyone for the most part feels as though they are working towards that greater purpose of support, finding a cure and overall education of the disease. It has the nice aspects of working for a small company, unlimited drinks, catered lunches on occassion, just about everyone knows each other by name. It's a very calm and motivated environment overall.

    Cons

    There can be a slight undertone of hierarchy within the office especially in Development. It's very obvious that team is drinking their own kool-aid if you catch my drift. The telethons are a little depressing too, you realize when its 8pm on a tuesday night and you're leaving your hundreth scripted cheerful voicemail for some sorority girl who begrudgingly agreed to sign up for the Walk to End ALZ, but has no clue what ALZ even is or that there is an actual difference between ALZ and dementia,... that you are simply chasing that money! If you really want to help out those family's who are affected with ALZ, volunteer at the events and listen. Unless you're in a higher up position, you don't always feel that you are making real impact. (**But I must stress that there is great opportunity to advance within the ranks as long as you keep a positive and solid work ethic!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    From great to truly awful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time

    Pros

    Important mission, good (albeit, expensive) benefits, and a handful of wonderful, dedicated individuals.

    Cons

    There is a culture of chronic self-delusion: The assn is the kind of place that allows problematic departments to conduct their own institutional "reviews" and report the results. Senior management has no idea what is going on in the trenches. It doesn't help that they're punitive and reactive when receiving requested feedback. Middle management perpetuates and compounds the dysfunction by feigning allegiance to upper management while complaining to staff about the daily realities. It puts staff in the untenable position of hand-holding/babysitting re. their managers: Staff who fulfill that role best hang on. Staff who focus on work and the mission, don't. Talented employees -- once they're aware of the intractable insanity of the situation -- leave. The outcome? Churn baby, churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From the top down, HR lacks discernment. They're inexperienced re. organizational management, psychology and liabilities. As a result, they are highly subject to influence by any bamboozling manager who cozies up to them. They are completely unaware of trends and history re. departments. A simple analysis of turnover, by manager, would speak volumes re. costly issues. Look at the performance reviews and resumes of persons leaving. Those simple actions would objectively answer questions that are otherwise explained away or poo-pooed by management itself. So many highly talented and productive people leave -- certain they never want to return.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Technology  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technology in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is a laid back environment. The people here are friendly. The hours are very manageable and they don't work you into the ground

    Cons

    Compensation is not where I would like it to be but that is a given being in the nonprofit business. Your budget is greatly impacted by fundraising and donations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for recent grads

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    Former Employee - Education Specialist/Program Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Education Specialist/Program Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great way to network and learn about various community resources that are available. Great benefits for single individuals, families/couples not so great benefits.

    Cons

    No real growth opportunities. Pay for an MSW was under $30k. Rewarding to work with caregivers and provide information to the community. Micromanagement and employee favoritism evident. Expect to work 40+ hours a week, time-off policies aren't great. Wouldn't reconsider going back to organization for a career. Expect to you stay in office for majority of the time, yet they also expect you to provide numerous programs in the community...conflict.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect your programs department to be able to provide services if you keep the staff in the office. Favoritism towards employees. Board members should be much more involved in organization's work. Keep all the staff in the loop on decisions made, the trickle down effect didn't trickle down whatsoever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    You can make a difference.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for the Alzheimer's Association is great because not only are you furthering your career but you are helping people struggling with Alzheimer's disease.

    Cons

    The benefits are okay and the pay is manageable, but not as much as I was making in a corporate position previously.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization, but lack of good leadership prevents any foundation of development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great organization with lots of programs to help those dealing with Alzheimer's in the community.

    Cons

    Lack of good/consistent leadership, little room for growth. High turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone that has as strong background in fundraising and development and knows how to be a good manager. If nothing is done, then we will continue to lose good people in the organization and will make it difficult to make an impact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great CAUSE to work for!

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great CAUSE to work for!
    Good employee benefits!
    Able to work directly with Alzheimer's Patients & their families.

    Cons

    Poor employee compensation
    Too top heavy with administration
    Poor funding to complete important duties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a good effort in providing sufficient funding for employees to complete their good work in the field & limit/eliminate some administrative positions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A truly odd organization.

    Former Employee - Chief Executive Officer  in  Southwest, PA
    Former Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Southwest, PA

    I worked at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Staff is committed to their work and interacts with family members well and with respect. The 24-hour helpline is probably their best outreach into the Alzheimer's community.

    Cons

    Pathetic boards as a rule. Very immature and focused more on bringing accolades to themselves than on research, treatment, and energizing new researchers. Boards do not truly grasp the roles of advocacy and fundraising; they focus more on hearing and voting on reports, tweaking investments, and in some cases, micromanaging staff! When these actions are brought up, watch out - don't show them examples of high performing boards from Board Source, for example. Members focus on tactics, not strategy.

    The present configuration of independent chapters and an overarching national org frequently causes trouble identifying the strategies for all in governance to follow. Allowing persons to serve on local and national boards may seem like a feather in the chapter's cap, but in reality can cause conflict where the local board wants to go with one direction vs. the national direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider doing what other national VHA's have done - using the national chapter as the primary focus with the chapters serving as community advisory and fundraising functions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  11.  

    Cares about their employees and their mission

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    Current Employee - Public Relations
    Current Employee - Public Relations

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Association full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule when things arise with your health/family; great culture; supportive staff; mission driven; great benefits and staff rewards when performing

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move up or develop career.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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