American Heart Association

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American Heart Association Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
215 Reviews
2.6
215 Reviews
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American Heart Association CEO Nancy A. Brown
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance (if you take advantage of it) (in 12 reviews)

  • Salary and benefits are competitive for a non-profit sector job (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent unless you are upper management (in 25 reviews)

  • Management, absolutely no work-life balance, salary, lack of appropriate training and time to acclimate (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interested in educating our communities.

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    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A great organization with positive mission and values.

    Cons

    Salary structure and opportunities are limited.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was a valuable experience overall

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    Current Employee - Development Director  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Development Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The role is extremely challenging, each person is responsible for managing a multiple county territory, with little support. The mission support is personally rewarding, but the AHA / ASA doesn't like to invite new ideas to the table.

    Cons

    The compensation is lower than if one worked in a private business sector, but that's one of the cons of working for a non-profit. Mircro-managing seems to be rampant in all divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Business development for fundraising

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    opportunity for advancement and growth

    Cons

    too much red tape and too many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company to work for with a true mission and purpose.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Pros

    Growth opportunities and passionate volunteers.

    Cons

    Highly focused on the dollar.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly run organization; Lack of Leadership and Lack of Trust -- Don't Do It!!!

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    Current Employee - Fundraising Director  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Fundraising Director in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Organization closes during week of Christmas, good benefits.

    Cons

    Employees don't trust leadership and managers and from what I saw, it was for good reason. The organization has very few programs that it manages -- donations are primarily for education and their impact is impossible to measure. Donors would be better off supporting the hospitals in their communities. They can't point to lives they are directly impacting and their model is outdated. Organization does not understand fundraising and therefore fundraising staff "disappear" constantly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Video Intern

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    Former Employee - Video Intern  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Video Intern in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at American Heart Association as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    leadership, experience, great manager, flexible hours, no pay but not surprised

    Cons

    small company in my city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you are wonderful!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for if you have a passion for the mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great for moms. I've been given so much flexibility in scheduling and being able to work from home if the little ones are sick or leaving early for recitals, etc. The work is 24/7 so it will always be on your mind but I have no idea how I would swing "working mom" without the flexibility they provide. The pay is good, I'm sure corporate would be better pay but the flexibility and treating you like an adult are worth a lot in my book. The mission is also amazing so it's easy to be passionate about what you do. They like to promote from within and work to create a career map with you to get where you want to go. I know several that started as administrative associates that are now Directors, Senior Directors and VPs.

    Cons

    The goals are ambitious, and the workload can be overwhelming at times. The emails never stop and it's on your mind all the time if you let it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work/Life balance a joke

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    Former Employee - Youth Market Director
    Former Employee - Youth Market Director

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

    Pros

    Supporting the mission of saving lives through education and programs.

    Cons

    Little to no work life balance as they claim to have it but youou better make sure you are "saying" the right things because there are a lot of cliques and only even if you are doing an amazing job if you are not in the clique, things will not be fun. Tons of politics, skewing information, misleading donors to get management off your back so they can meet their goals to bonus. Management is flavor of the day and promoted off how well the clique likes you and if you had good numbers for at least one campaign season, no matter what you had to do to get those number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Development Director
    Former Employee - Development Director

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - lots of 'corporate' support from regional and national HQ
    - great organization with a notable mission and reputation

    Cons

    - very aggressive fundraising goals, difficult to achieve
    - lots of 'after hours' work
    - no separate 'sick' time (aka need to use 'vacation' time when sick)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fundraising goals are handed down from management with (seemingly) little intelligence from those in the field. Unrealistic goals can diminish motivation of employees that already work tirelessly for the mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association

    Pros

    Good mission and creative fundraising events. Good benefits and large company .

    Cons

    I have no respect for this organization regarding the work environment. There is no room for creativity and management has too much control with no checks and balances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like you would want to be treated. Supervisors have too much control and no one watching their performances.

    No opinion of CEO

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