American Heart Association
2.7 of 5 204 reviews
www.heart.org Dallas, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

American Heart Association Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
American Heart Association – US – “Jump Rope for Heart Event”

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2.7 204 reviews

                             

58% Approve of the CEO

American Heart Association CEO Nancy A. Brown

Nancy A. Brown

(125 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work/life balance (if you take advantage of it)"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Ability to work from home, good benefits, decent salary for non profit"
    in 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "The employee is in the drivers seat of determining their own appropriate work life balance"
    in 22 reviews
  • "Management, absolutely no work-life balance, salary, lack of appropriate training and time to acclimate"
    in 8 reviews
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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great Pay ----worst management ever

    Youth Market Director (Current Employee)
    Southfield, MI

    ProsGood Pay, Great Benefits, Generous PTO

    ConsVice Presidents are allowed to treat employees as poorly as they wish, if you have a problem with harsh, rude, personal criticism ....don't work here. There is very little (no) opportunity for advancement. Management ALWAYS wants more and more and more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe employees you manage are your bread and butter... check your language and the volume of your voice. Treat others how you would like to be treated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Instructor (Current Employee)
    Conyers, GA

    Prosset your own schedule for your classes

    Conssome instructor may try to under cut your prices
    can't get the certification card on the spot (a few days turnaround)

    Advice to Senior Managementchange the certification card turn around time

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

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    Terrible. Terrible, absolutely the worst place I have ever worked.

    Quality Improvement (Former Employee)

    ProsAlmost nothing. The benefits were decent.

    ConsExtremely long hours. No employee appreciation or understanding. Very little respect for roles outside of sales. Extremely micro-managed and very high turn-over. Employee morale was very low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micro-managing your employees and calling it team work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't walk, RUN AWAY from this organization!

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsThere are some wonderful, hard-working employees, who believe in and support the mission of the organization; unfortunately, they aren't the ones making the decisions there...

    ConsThe egregious waste of donor dollars by senior management is deplorable.

    The treatment of employees, by much of the management, ranges from indifferent to malevolent. Inequity abounds and politics run rampant with privileges and promotions because of who you know, not what you know or effort put forth.

    Career paths are non-existent...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The AHA organization is structured for sales and fund raising goal achievement.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFunding Heart Research, Strong well managed organization

    ConsHigh pressure sales environment if that is what a prospective employee wants

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are managers who treat their managees like children, showing no respect. Many of us were humiliated on weekly conference calls. However, that manager is still there and is successful getting results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsCompelling mission. Working in the mission side is very rewarding and you see your work translated into impact. A lot of negative reviews I see are from development staff. Please don't let these discourage you. I know many development colleagues who are happy with their jobs.

    ConsLike all non-profits, too much work with too few staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at where you are approving new positions. Sometimes there are other departments that need relief far more.

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

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    A cross between extremely political and extremely rewarding

    Director Product Development (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsExtremely rewarding - you can and do make a difference in people's lives
    The research, the Guidelines and the training programs literally impact the difference between life and death. As an employee you have a part in that.

    ConsExtremely political. To the point where it is difficult to get things done if you are not the flavor of the month. Very entrenched "that's not the way we do it here" attitude, to the point where it has kept the organization in the dark regarding other issues and organization that are competitive for donation dollars. An overwhelmingly fear-based organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the nepotism and the cronyism. Hire and listen to younger employees. Listen to them, they are your new donation market..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMission side of the organization is great.

    ConsIncome development is unorganized and dysfunctional.
    Senior leadership is more interested in short term gain over long term relationship building.
    Senior leaderships expectations of Executive Leadership and Board is a very heavy life and because of these expectations many bridges have been burned.
    No team work
    High turn over
    Departments work within silos and do not cross communicate

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at those offices and regions who have had a very high turn over (5 walk directors in 5 years, 4 gala directors in 5 years) something is wrong with this picture i.e. senior leadership.
    Give the field staff the tools they need to be successful.
    Realign organizational flow chart to open the doors of communication between departments, offices and affiliates.
    Standardize events through key consistencies and standard operational functions, so that all participants no matter the city have the same great experience.
    Saving lives is not a competition stop treating it like one.

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

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    Warning: This may not be the best or ethical place to work

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is possible to find co-workers you'll enjoy working with and you may be one of the few lucky ones that can actually do a little bit of public good in your job.

    ConsInternal silos, politics, power-plays and a bit of an abusive/retaliatory management style make the work environment challenging. Also, if you think you'll be serving the public and doing good, follow where the association allocates donations - heavy overhead, large salaries and extensive entertaining at its national center and offices across the country. You may question how the AHA chooses to secure and spend money from corporate donors. And as an employee, you'll be pressured to donate as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe much better stewards of donor contributions and your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Run from this house of cards.

    Director (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsA few good people are staying true to the AHA's original mission of fighting heart disease - but most of these are being forced out.

    ConsThe new unpublicized mission is money - more and more money - for fat executive salaries, special hidden benefits and upscale travel and entertainment. An organization currently run on paranoia and retaliation, senior management fears donors will learn where the money is really going and how they are claiming full credit for research break-throughs the AHA barely supports. As staff, you'll be greatly pressures to tow the party line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook back to the ethics and integrity that management possessed five years ago for a standard to renew today.

    Be warned that that donors and corporate sponsors will learn of your mis-spending and "spin" and will move their dollars to more ethical charities.

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

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