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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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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    6 people found this helpful  

    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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    RUN from this "charity"

    Director (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsThere are still a few long-term employees you'll meet that are consummate professionals dedicated to improving the health of Americans.

    ConsSenior management is bloated, receiving huge salaries and big benefits packages while spending big buck on luxury travel and entertainment. Their only goal is to preserve their excesses and to keep the donor public from finding out just where their money goes. Lower level employees are pressured to keep the illusion of charity going - a very tough position to be in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHonor the ethics and charitable commitment shown by the AHA's management of 5 years ago.

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

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    5 people found this helpful  

    The worst working experience of my professional career

    Business Development Director (Former Employee)

    ProsThe work of the organization truly does save lives.

    ConsThe management team of the Mid Atlantic states leaves much to be desired. It would make much more sense to have like size cities grouped together for the purpose of success comparisons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should recognize that every market doesn't have the mindset of a Charlotte market. The small rural towns require a different finesse that larger cities. The expectations of both the volunteers and contributors is very different in smaller towns. Management should be more open to listening to the people of a given market and flexible to work within their comfort areas as opposed to being so set in stone to do fund raise the "corporate" way.

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Perfect for stepping stone or sales professional. NOT suitable for fund raisers

    Director of Development (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsYou will work with some of the hardest working people. A lot of the volunteers are fabulous and care deeply about the cause.

    ConsUnqualified people are promoted to supervisory positions. There's a lot of talk about identifying leadership potential but the bottom line is the bottom line. If a person is successful or lucky in increasing sponsorship or private donors, it doesn't matter if the person displays a nasty attitude, huge ego, Mean Girls persona or is inarticulate (I've had several bosses with all these traits). The AHA talks a good talk but executive leadership puts on the pressure and it's an "at all costs to hit goal" environment. There is also a lot of distrust. MANY meetings-staff, department and 1x1. There are also a myriad of daily and weekly reports. All of this is time consuming and you are tasked with finding the time to also do your job. When you voice your concern that it's too much, you will be patronizing told that it's simple to do, you just need to manage your schedule better. It's irrational the expectations managers place On their staff but heave help you if you push back. You'll be out on their radar as someone who can't manage time wisely and raw also lazy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI give up. Management is told over and over again to change its ways but to no avail. So just be honest with applicants and state that this a sales position that happens to be with a non priority. Be honest and applicants won't be disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful cause. Operates effectively and efficiently, more like a company than a non-profit

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people
    Great benefits
    Flexible work schedule
    Work/life balance

    ConsPay
    Difficult to advance from within a field-based position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Mission, Poor Management

    Youth Market Director (Former Employee)

    Pros*work from home
    *great pay
    *Strong Mission
    *large organization with lots of resources and leading edge technology
    *great training

    Cons*upper management refuses to accept the changing environment of fundraising and adapt accordingly - always blames the staff
    *very long hours and unrealistic expectations for staff
    *no work/life balance at all
    *high stress-high pressure
    *your job is at risk if you don't meet aggressive goals, so there's high turnover

    Advice to Senior Managementyou have some of the best resources and technology available today in the non-profit arena! You need to acknowledge that wrong decisions are being made with some programs and stop being afraid of changing and adapting, even if it means moving staff around. Believe me, they will understand! You are losing great people because you refuse to accept that you are going in the wrong direction!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work life balance is a joke

    Fundraiser (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent pay
    Great coworkers
    Great stepping stone but get out after 2-3 years

    ConsNot enough hours in the day to complete what is expected. If you are a workaholic and dont mind sacraficing everything, you could fit in. Management of this market is horrible. Militant micromanagers with unrealistic views of the business market. High stress atmosphere. Senior management is verbally abusive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet in the trenches and come back to reality.
    Give the old school militant managers their walking papers- you would think losing endless staff members might be a clue.

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

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    Rewarding, but challenging

    Administrative Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible schedule, excellent benefits, quick accrual of PTO, paid week off around Christmas time, rewarding mission, employee recognition, fun office events.

    ConsThere are limited opportunities for advancement. Administrative staff is often talked down to and not seen as an integral part of the team. There is a lot of gossip within the organization and many people's private employment issues are leaked. Admin pay is far lower than pay of positions just one level up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat admin staff more as equals, Create better trajectories for advancement so as to not lose good employees.

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    it was a great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosgreat benefits and oppurtunity to move into different fields

    Consgive more training for new employees

    Advice to Senior Managementrehire laid off ppl from american heart before going outside the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic environment. Money focused not mission. Stress is intense. No work life balance.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat volunteers who work tirelessly in support of the mission. The highlight for all is the paid week of at Christmas which is the only time there is a true-work life balance only because the AHA is closed!

    ConsFocus is only on the money, management bonuses not the mission. Donors are valued only for what they give. Constant staff turnover. Whatever you do is never enough. Many high paid staffers who do little work are acknowledged for their efforts??? AHA may lead the way in how to be heart healthy yet employees are far from good examples; overweight, smokers and serious junk food eaters. Do not work here if you sincerely have a heart, care about others and your own health.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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