American Academy of Physician Assistants

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American Academy of Physician Assistants Reviews

Updated December 31, 2014
Updated December 31, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    I really enjoyed working for AAPA

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were good, salary was surprisingly good, if you get to work the conferences, that is a great experience, too!

    Cons

    Upward mobility seemed like a bit of a challenge. Otherwise, it was great.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    My only hope is that the members and leaders of this organization read this page

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Profession is still small enough that you really get to know the people you work for and for the most part they are a great profession to work for. Leave time is very generous if you ever have a chance to take it. Benefits are lukewarm--vision and dental not great and health plan is increasingly not competitive. Most of the staff that you will encounter are some of the best people you could ever work for. There is a gallows humor among the lower-level staff, and the spirit that we are all in this together.

    Cons

    Upper management are cruel. That's the best way I can put it. They do not listen, as is evidenced by reactions from them when the annual "climate survey" is done. Reactions such as "I'm not changing" when confronted with very specific accounts of upper management on staff abuse. I've never seen so many grown women cry at their desks. People are physically burned out from their jobs because there is a nonstop, relentless amount of work. Most of upper management are older and don't have young families, so holidays, special occasions and other non-work related obligations must be abandoned in favor of work, work, work. There is always a budget crisis, and salaries and merit increases are calculated based on a strange algorithm that changes from year to year. Board of directors only seems interested in seeing their name in the paper and being talking heads on the news, so most of your work is directed at making sure they have what they need. Meanwhile, what you were actually hired to do gets shoved aside to deal with the crisis du jour. Most of the rank and file membership feel free to snark and abuse the organization on social media, so the other chunk of your time is spent putting out those fires. All in all, its sort of depressing. You will be told that it's "disruptive innovation" or whatever the latest corporate business buzzword, but the bottom line is that its FUBAR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice here would be a waste of my time. They won't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Slowly back away - turn - then RUN! (Seriously - Sprint)

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    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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    + Working for one of the best professions in Healthcare - Our Members make working here almost bearable.
    + Pay is not bad and benefits are fair.
    + Lives like an episode of the office - you will laugh (and maybe even cry) often.

    Cons

    + ZERO SENIOR LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY
    + Org is led (and all critical decisions) are made by consultants NOT staff.
    + Budget crisis after crisis instills no confidence in Senior Leader planning capabilities.
    + Unreal turnover - cant print org charts fast enough to keep them up to date
    + Little to no career advancement opportunities and a toxic work environment make this a revolving door of great talent that takes the heat for leadership incompetence

    Climate Survey = Joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a new calling?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    I worked at the American Academy of Physician Assistants for about three years.

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    Former Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some really good people who work at AAPA. My direct supervisor and closest colleagues are amazing people. Health care is a dynamic field and PAs are generally very good people and I learned a lot about the profession. Compensation is reasonable. The health insurance, vacation time, 401K and metro benefits are all positives. I believe that health care trade association experience always helps a resume, too. Colleagues from other departments genuinely wanted to help you do your job.

    Cons

    Most of these comments relate to top management. The decision-making process(es) were an enigma and seemed to be designed to shield top decision-makers from accountability. Priorities shifted frequently with little or no warning. The hiring of friends happened, but seems to have subsided. Turnover is an issue, too. You only have so much room to grow. Other issues of note: mediocre morale and perpetual uncertainly about one's job during budget season because the actual revenue numbers were always lower than expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is an annual staff survey. Staff comments are provided anonymously and with great candor, but it doesn't seem to change anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Physician Assistants are fantastic to work with and for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very nice staff to work with, those that understand that the PAs are important and not AAPA. Understand the PAs are who we work for to get their needs taken care of. Staff that understands that are those to succeed.

    Cons

    Too TOP HEAVY, lots of CHIEFS not enough Indians. Too many VP, Senior staff that don;t understand the importance of helping members, they only understand getting members in to pay dues and get NOTHING in return. Senior staff needs to understand the importance of the little things in life that make the members happy what makes AAPA happy nor what makes junior staff HAPPY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your members and mostly your junior staff that does all the frunt work and don't get acknowledgement for what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic, mismanaged, misdirected health care membership associataion

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Core competencies--membership, conference, and professional development, and don't let personalities rule your structural decision-making

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant challenges turn into constant stress

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time

    Pros

    The people are smart, friendly and passionate about PAs.

    Cons

    AAPA 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growing pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Growing 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Academy of Physician Assistants full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Polite people, insecure environment

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at American Academy of Physician Assistants as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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