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American Academy of Physician Assistants Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014

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11% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Constant challenges turn into constant stress

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThe people are smart, friendly and passionate about PAs.

    ConsAAPA is in a turnaround situation that puts a lot of pressure on the revenue streams. They motivate staff with fear, stretch goals and a very poor performance review/promotion process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a standardized orientation and supervisory training program so all departments operate under the same expectations. Also, make the tough decisions about where staff time should be allocated instead of trying to make all things possible. Lastly, do something about the high turnover rate!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaotic, mismanaged, misdirected health care membership associataion

    Senior Director (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsGood location, good benefits package. Great time to be working on behalf of this profession with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act

    ConsA chronic culture of jumping from one thing to the next, no attention to the hard-working staff, than with the health of the association. 12 position eliminations in 6 months, no direction, poor management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCore competencies--membership, conference, and professional development, and don't let personalities rule your structural decision-making

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Growing pains

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThere are great, hard working people, active, engaged members, good benefits and a solid work-life balance. A lot of great people have made their career at AAPA, giving it a family feel.

    ConsGrowing pains following some EVP churn seem to be going on for longer than necessary. Job stability seems to be a thing of the past.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the people. They are doing great work, but a formerly stable place to work now seems tumultuous.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of accountability, none of the resources you need for success.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is okay. Most of the lower level staff is pretty nice and welcoming. There are several relatively cheap parking lots nearby. Plenty of vacation and sick time off.

    ConsUpper management runs people into the ground by constantly chasing new projects and initiatives. You are saddled with new responsibilities constantly, no matter how much you already are doing. Lots of projects are pushed by management who have no idea of the technical details involved. Staff morale is terrible and nobody at the top seems to care. Your time is NEVER a consideration when you are given a task.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some management and IT classes. It is difficult to be lectured about technology by people who have no idea how to do basic things on their own computers. Do not tell staff to start major projects unless you are serious about seeing them through. Stop constantly jumping to the next thing. Treat staff time as a limited resource.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Polite people, insecure environment

    Consultant (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThe office is nice, clean, bright, and comfortable. The location is convenient to Metro and parking is inexpensive and plentiful. The people are polite, but everyone does their own thing. The office is business casual, but it still feels quite formal.

    ConsThe association continues to face membership decline and financial deficit. Projects and new hires start one day, only to be abruptly terminated the next. Average age of employees is 35-55, and everyone seems to be some type of manager/director/VP. So, that structure doesn't seem to create many opportunities for career entry or growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A case study in how not to run a business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent sick/overtime. All federal holidays are off. Staff are pretty friendly. Good 401k matching and it is 100% vested. Metro benefits. Nice office space.

    ConsThe company is very top heavy. It feels like every other person is a Director, Senior Director, Manager, etc. Senior management will spend lots of time shifting responsibility and blame, but are quick to pass off the achievements of their subordinates as their own. There has been a huge surge in outsourcing (to friends) and external hiring (of friends) while long-time employees are ignored. People are routinely fired without warning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey wouldn't listen to the advice anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people to work with, terrible leadership to work under

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany kind and intelligent people on staff. Freedom to be yourself in the workplace. Can usually get help from employees willing to work together.

    ConsTerrible treatment of employees by upper management. Many employees are let go on the spot with no warning. Nothing is done to fix problems the staff may be facing, like too much work. No way to work up into higher positions, they just hire their friends from other companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring outside and hiring your friends and bringing in people with no familiarity with the company and making the staff under them have to constantly adjust and regroup.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too much churn to meet strategic goals

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    Prosgood benefits. good colleages, good location by metro

    Consupper management churn and lack of cohesive team work

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed stability to make strategic goals, and the staff needs to feel support from above for projects and daily work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Turn Around Situation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking for and with Physician Assistants is truly rewarding. The staff are energetic. The new CEO has great vision and fortitude.

    ConsLots of change. Competiting priorities. Prior leadership made a number of poor management decisions which resulted in declining membership and revenues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus. Reward. Respect

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run- Don't Walk from this Place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits provided are just ok.

    ConsPlace is cursed by one bad CEO after the next.
    Organization does not provide anything needed by membership and then wonders why membership is declining while PAs expand in number.
    Senior Leaders do not let employees lead projects or make decisions. Place operates as slow moving dictatorship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to value employees.
    Create culture of ownership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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