American Heart Association

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American Heart Association Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
224 Reviews
2.6
224 Reviews
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American Heart Association CEO Nancy A. Brown
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life balance is great for me in the position I am in (in 13 reviews)

  • Salary and benefits are competitive for a non-profit sector job (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent unless you are upper management (in 26 reviews)

  • Management, absolutely no work-life balance, salary, lack of appropriate training and time to acclimate (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    The Organization Does Great Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    challenged daily, very strong company growth in exciting new areas

    Cons

    Fundraising is front and center. Not enough acknowledgement of the progress in health AHA makes every day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Director in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Director in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good organization, great time off

    Cons

    bad organization in terms of actual organization

  3.  

    Great organization!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Pros

    Non profit, doing good work, great benefits.

    Cons

    Goals shouldn't be the driving force behind a non profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Goals shouldn't be the driving force behind a non profit.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mission Motivated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association

    Pros

    Hard to argue with the mission to create healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
    Good pay for a nonprofit, great benefits and a lot of flexibility in terms of scheduling and working remotely.

    Cons

    Sometimes Development (fund raising) is emphasized to the detriment of mission.
    In my current position, I travel much more than I would like.
    We're doing great work but need more staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer meetings
    More health strategies staff
    Don't forget to seek input from the field

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life saving to others but not employees

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    Former Employee - Development Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great mission, great cause, great volunteers and survivors. Good online training and sales training.

    Cons

    Management never considers the circumstances, never motivates, never looks at how a real comoany manages and won't try new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your next level down. Look outside your walls for better ways to manage...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, terrible internal politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible work schedule, generous PTO/holidays. Great mission and dedicated volunteers. Women in top leadership roles.

    Cons

    Power plays, territorial, disrespect of people's expertise as professionals, a lot of back biting and politics to be seen and get ahead. Not a lot of opportunities for advancement. Pay is good for nonprofit, but not competitive in market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for managers. Consider a person's ability to work with people before promoting him/her to leadership role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very high turnover in the QI division

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

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Good onboarding process

    Cons

    - Horrible bosses
    - Very little care for Work/life balance in the organization.
    - Very high turnover (especially in the QI division)
    - Very disrespectful bosses

    The high powers in the West region know how bad the QI boss is and how much turnover they have exclusively because of HER, but they refuse to address it. Really good people continue to leave because of HER.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you see that a supervisor is causing A LOT of turnover in her division, try finding out why. Don't just allow it to continue to happen. If there is a lot of turnover, it may not be the employee's fault. Try looking at the practices of the supervisor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great. Excellent Coworkers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance is great for me in the position I am in.

    Cons

    None for me right now. When I was in a different department things were run almost as an internal consulting firm which made it difficult to deliver a quality product to the in house customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop clear plan for advancement

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great goals... poor implementation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QSI (Position Withheld)
    Current Employee - QSI (Position Withheld)

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The 2020 goal is ambitious and a great idea. The research that is funded with the donor dollars is headed in a great direction, and lots of positive changes have occurred in the practice of cardiac medicine.

    Cons

    The actual implementation of their goals will be tough as new ideas are discouraged. When questions are asked, a non-committal answer is given with no follow-up (or worse, redirection away from the question) and then dropped. There is very little opportunity to grow within the company (there are always open positions, but not much in the way of actual career growth).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn more about working with the strengths of your employees. The desire that many of them come into AHA with is crushed quickly with an attitude of either "we do it this way because we have always done it this way", or "we will make changes because the National Center developed them". Having a lot of changes over a short time span is not good for the longevity of a company as it looks like they have no clear direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    National company that only wants cookie-cutter employees

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    Former Employee - Development in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Development in Harrisburg, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay (especially for non-profit), benefits

    Cons

    Must do things company way, no creativity, even if employee achieves results. Only "yes" employees will be valued, even if not best. Other employees leave out of frustration. Management is not leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders who will make good business decisions. Do not promote from within unless he/she is qualified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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