American Diabetes Association

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American Diabetes Association Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
55 Reviews
3.3
55 Reviews
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Larry Hausner
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not much in personal growth, work-life balance ok to some degree (other organizations seem to be more flexible) (in 4 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and Excellent Time Off (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • There is also very poor work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper Management act as bullies and only care about the almighty dollar (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Programs Intern in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Programs Intern in Nashville, TN

    I worked at American Diabetes Association as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I learned the ins and outs of coordinating an event. The office was laid back and friendly. Everyone who works there seems to have a basic sincerity and compassion for the organization.

    Cons

    Unorganized at times. You will learn some aspects of a non-profit, but if you are really looking to get into pr or communications, I would suggest holding out for an agency setting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Staff is passionate about the cause, sometimes boring work.

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Special Events
    Former Employee - Special Events

    I worked at American Diabetes Association as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Workers are all very nice and passionate about ending diabetes. It's a laid back environment.

    Cons

    As an intern I didn't get to contribute as much as I would have liked. Going into the internship, I didn't realize how much of a role fundraising played. I thought we would also be working to raise awareness, etc., but most of the people in the office seemed to be working on fundraising.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Organization!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Fundraising and Special Events
    Former Employee - Manager, Fundraising and Special Events

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well structured
    Clear mission
    Excellent programs
    Incredible special events delivery and staff support
    Great benefits. You won't find any like them anywhere else!
    Great training
    Great IT support staff, event support staff, accounting staff, etc.

    Cons

    Pay isn't so great
    Not a lot of opportunity for growth within the org.
    Equipment such as computers are sorely outdated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't Do It

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Fundraising and Special Events in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Manager, Fundraising and Special Events in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Excellent Time Off

    Cons

    This was the worst job I have ever had. You are way over-worked and the pay for the amount of work expected is insane. Upper Management act as bullies and only care about the almighty dollar. Staff is not respected and often times pinned against each other. Volunteers are also treated poorly and you are made to force them to "do their jobs". It was truly was an awful experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into your EDs and how they treat their staff. I think you will be surprised.

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

    Striving to keep up with the times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    This is a forward thinking association. They are a step or two behind the times in terms of technology but management is open minded and they continue to look for new ways to meet/reach their audience.

    Cons

    The structure of the association does not allow for easy communication/collaboration between departments. At times there are conflicting goals and the association could do more to bring their employees together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre Non-Profit Struggling to Keep Up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    I work on the mission delivery side, and really do feel like we are trying to contribute to make society healthier. I work in a field office, and my office schedule is fairly flexible. The organization seems to be trying to recruit the right people at the top to implement better programs for the community. The fundraisers have very good tools and resources. Great health insurance and decent benefits overall. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Mission delivery programs need to be updated more often. Information is outdated, change is slow. Poor resources for mission delivery programs compared to fundraisers. Everything from website support to basic flyers are all but non-existent for mission delivery programs, but there are plenty of customizable templates for fundraisers. This organization seems to value money-making fundraisers more than mission delivery programs, and the difference between the two sides is astounding. Poor training opportunities, and poor leadership. Local leadership and office are catty and passive-aggressive. Extremely volatile work environment. Ridiculous work-life balance, with far too many nights and weekends worked with no comp time given. Horrible staff retention and high turnover - for good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who are meeting and exceeding their goals. Offer new and updated information and promotional templates for community programs. You'd be shocked how much respect the organization would gain in local communities if mission delivery staff were given adequate training and resources. It would also be nice to be given comp time for the multiple nights and weekends that are worked. Also, consider revising the staffing structure. Current structure for the field of adding additional staff for mission delivery only in metro areas that fundraise well is misguided. Consider putting the fundraising positions in the metro areas, and distributing the mission delivery staff to the areas (even remote areas) with the highest rates of diabetes to have more of an impact. Only serving those areas that fundraise with mission delivery is a gross misuse of resources. Consider trying to offer more employee wellness benefits - we are not practicing what we preach, at least not in the field offices. Field office work is too self-sacrificial and not at all healthy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits but poor management and work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The ADA offers a great benefit package. Health insurance is a little pricey once you add on family members but by far one of the best policies you can get. Generous vacation time, sick time and personal days.

    Cons

    Salaries are low.

    There is also very poor work-life balance. Staff are expected to be flexible and work evenings, weekends and very long days, but there is no attempt to by field offices to provide the same flexibility to staff. Any other place I have worked always provided staff who were working until 8 or 9 p.m. the option of coming in a couple hours later than usual that day or coming in/leaving early another day that week. However, this was not the case at the ADA. In the week or two leading up to an event, there are several late nights. In addition to those late nights, event staff work at least one Saturday or Sunday for the event--but staff were only offered a flex day if they worked 15 hours or more.

    Also, the national office does not listen to the concerns of staff in the field offices. Several people in my office went to HR with very valid complaints about senior management and in the end the national office sided with management. It is a very disconcerting feeling and unfortunately leads to high turnover of qualified staff.

    The ADA is also very reactive when it comes to numbers, putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on event staff when it comes to donation dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to appreciate event staff and realize that they are asked to go above and beyond day after day. Saying thank you every now and then would be appreciated.

    Management at the national level also needs to listen to the concerns of field staff. If several people are reaching out to HR with complaints about their executive director, for example, chances are there really is an issue with him/her.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Non-Profit struggles

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Organization has many hardworking and dedicated employees and volunteers that care about the cause. Not much in personal growth, work-life balance ok to some degree (other organizations seem to be more flexible)...overall office culture is suffering, but good-hard working employees - make the office culture a bit better.

    Cons

    The organization leadership is sub-par having struggled to move forward for the past 5 years. No guidance or strategic vision. The benefits-- years without pay raises or retirement matching while CEO got bonuses. Just heard they recently had to cut about 90 people because of run away employee costs. Company values seem un-aligned. Mid-level managers and below have very different view than Senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure management wants or would even take lower level employee advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very lottle opportunity to grow when starting as an intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association as an intern

    Pros

    Great experience, atmosphere, people, values

    Cons

    Management, growth, headquarters, IT support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership from the top, inabiility to make decisions, lack of transparency, little regard for human capitol.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Terrific and dedicated volunteers to the cause.Good benefits

    Cons

    They exploit participants, volunteers, employees. Never do what they say they're going to do or when yet hold everyone else accountable. Murky, hidden agendas, lack of respect for those in the trenches, volunteers and even participants. Can't see the forest for the trees, always wondering around in the weeds=poor leadership, which starts at the top and trickles down. They don't do their homework on marketing, strategic planning, etc. Embarrassingly unprofessional. oh yes and THEY GET BONUSES, beginning with some associate directors - simply wrong. They don't feel there are any issues about burning bridges and don't feel the rules apply to them. Entitlement issues in upper Management. Secretive and misleading about budgets and can't track donations correctly. Websites never work correctly. Subjective Ridiculous performance guidelines AKA this is why we can't give you a raise, no matter your achievements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rude awakening time: Do your homework, know your market. .Do what you say your going to do. Hold management accountable. Develop a strategic plan and utilize this as a tool throughout the nation for your events. Get rid of the by-committee mentality decision making process in marketing upper management. You need talented, seasoned individuals who can make an informed decision in a timely manner and lead. Consider that everyone is at the "adult" table. The rah-rah factor only goes so far and is fairly insulting, given the knowledge. Some of the worst management skills or lack of, I have ever witnessed. Embarrassingly wasteful of hard earned fundraising dollars. Penny wise, pound foolish. If you don't believe what you hear from the trenches, get out of the tower and find out for yourself. Steer clear of the "yes at any price" group as they will continue to tell you what you want to hear, not the truth. There are too many "good" non profits for you to continue to survive, let alone grow with the issues at hand. You may be able to pull this charade off in some parts of the country but you should steer clear of educated, knowledgeable areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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