American Dental Association
3.0 of 5 9 reviews
www.ada.org Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 19, 2014

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William R. Calnon

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lacks company culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosclear understanding of expectations
    good salary
    great location on Gold Coast

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

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

    (Current Employee)

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

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementConsider 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    GRASS NOT SO GREEN!

    Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

    ConsMajor 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 Senior ManagementUpper 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.

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

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    Broken culture

    Marketing Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood people and long history in the health care arena

    ConsOver the last 5 years, the culture has become very challenging. While people try their best, management initiatives lack strategic vision and teams are forced to smile and blindly implement strategies that are destined to fail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider new key management roles to enhance the brand, communications and strategic viewpoint.

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

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    Solid

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsDiverse and well-qualified employees who take pride in their interesting, purposeful work. Good benefits.

    ConsSome disconnect between Administration/HR and employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure that HR/Admin rhetoric actually is put into practice at all levels.

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

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    Very Enlighting Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsIf interested in staying has excellent retirement package.

    ConsHires college graduates that last only 90 days, need to hire more experienced employees who are interested in staying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your seasoned employees because what's new is not all it appears!

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

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    Not a lifetime job, but a solid workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsStable 37.5 hour work week that does not require overtime. Fair compensation and PTO. Very good (though somewhat pricey) health insurance and 100% reimbursement for dental care up to annual cap, graduated reimbursement after that. New Executive Director is interested in what the employees have to say, is making efforts to foster a community atmosphere.

    ConsSome of the management/Senior Management are not involved with their employees, do not have any understanding or appreciation for the quantity and quality of work that is done. Dentistry is a very political profession, and employees get caught up in the politics. Work schedule is not flexible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to your employees. Find out what they do and appreciate them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Writer (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosgreat colleagues, challenging work enviornment

    ConsNot enough oversight so you're kinda left on your own.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more frank with employees. But it's still good. A minor quibble

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood place to work. Good work and life balance.

    ConsVery slow growth. Processes needs to be upgraded.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreate each employee simillarly.

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