American Dental Association

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American Dental Association Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
16 Reviews
3.3
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    It's a good place to work overall. Great benefits, including a pension, and salaries are higher than most.

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

    I worked at American Dental Association (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Staff works hard to promote the value of good dental health to the public and please ADA members. Members are appreciative of the staff's hard work. It's a national organization so everybody knows the ADA. The perks are great and the Gold Coast location is awesome. Staff members are friendly and are always willing to help their colleagues get the job done. Employees are given opportunities to grow their skills.

    Cons

    Membership numbers are falling so staff is working so hard to stop the decline that they are missing out on opportunities to educate the public about the value of good dental health. Too much red tape to actually facilitate change. Some directors are lazy and unqualified so they push work off on overworked managers yet don't give them the proper guidance they need to be successful. Executives play favorites with managerial staff so other staff members are left out. Executives always talk about strategy yet the programs they launch have no strategic focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat at the ADA. Take a long hard look at activities to make sure they contribute to the bottom line - whether that be money, members or public education. Cut out all of the activities that pander to current old-school members and institute projects that will benefit young dentists who might look to join the ADA. Create more opportunities to generate revenue.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Dental Association full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    decent salary and benefits. Staff is mostly competent and helpful. Service to the dental professional gives a sense of accomplishment and making a difference.

    Cons

    The pension plan has been seriously diminished. It is a bit difficult to commute to downtown Chicago and Michigan Avenues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Decision I Ever Made

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Dental Association full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary. Education and resources available at your fingertips. A super supportive environment and friendly staff. Casual but polished atmosphere. A fiercely smart and passionate staff (at least the department I work in). I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with. Everyone wants to see you succeed here. Most people stay here long-term (which you don't find these days) --and that's because the organization's management pours into its employees. Employee team-building events and socials are a ton of fun. Excellent work/life balance. I could go on forever... simply put, ADA rocks!

    Cons

    Nothing as of yet. So far, so good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR, DSGA and IT keep being awesome superstars!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment and very supportive staff

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Dental Association part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is always someone to help you and everything is very well organized

    Cons

    Communication with partnering organizations could use a little improvement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice people, challenging work, non-profit...political structure similar to AMA.

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    Former Employee - Manager, Media Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager, Media Services in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American Dental Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, good opportunities for challenge in work, minimal but fun travel during annual session. Good opportunity to gain experience, work with management, press.

    Cons

    Many people stay for years, so limited opportunity for actual promotion based on title.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Alot of changes.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Dental Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great company to work for and the pay is standard.

    Cons

    They don't promote within or even try to match you up to a simular position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within you have good experience people working at ADA

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Dental Association full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers what are smart passionate about their job. Management trust and support their staff. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    too many projects going on at the same time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good co-workers and a good work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Dental Association full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The vacation schedule is generous and I work with a good team of people.

    Cons

    If you are looking to advance your career internally, look elsewhere. There is very little opportunity for internal promotion. Managers, directors, and HR are very content to maintain the status quo. If you are happy in your job, plan on staying put. The culture is very much like when our parents were working--you get a job and you keep it for 30 years and you should be happy with that. It isn't 1950--time to catch up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promoting your qualified internal assets. It is a shame they are often over-looked in favor of external candidates. Ambitious people get frustrated and take their talents to other organizations. Recognize it isn't 1950--you have a dynamic and adaptive workforce who would like to move around and try different positions. Just because a person hasn't done the exact same job somewhere else, doesn't mean he/she is unable to adapt and evolve. Any candidate (internal or external) is going to have a learning curve and need some training. The hallmark of a good employee is someone who can apply what they know and take on new responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Lacks company culture

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

    I worked at American Dental Association full-time

    Pros

    clear understanding of expectations
    good salary
    great location on Gold Coast

    Cons

    little collaboration between departments and divisions
    no opportunity for growth
    no cohesive culture
    executive director made no effort to connect with employees

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    GRASS NOT SO GREEN!

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Dental Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can work amidst friendly and qualified employees who love their jobs. Great retirement package.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between management and employees. Limited diversity. Communication is at an all time low. Employees discover major decisions on the tail end. Dysfunctional work environment(s). Uneven hierarchy. Management is only concerned with their own successes and not the success and growth of the worker bees who work tirelessly for this member organization. Benefits are sketchy. The dental plan is horrible!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to look into ways of retaining tenured and seasoned employees. Create an environment that fosters honest and clear communications between management and administrative employees. Respect and honesty needs to be the pillars of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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