American Heart Association Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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American Heart Association CEO Nancy A. Brown
Nancy A. Brown
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Pros
  • Work/life balance (if you take advantage of it) (in 13 reviews)

  • Serves as great experience if you have any interest in working for a Non-Profit Organization (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent unless you are upper management (in 27 reviews)

  • Definitely no work life balance (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Event Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worthy cause and nationally recognized organization. The company has good benefits. Well funded scientific studies that impact everyone. Focused studies on women's heart issues.

    Cons

    "Work-life Balance" gets a lot of talk but no backing. High pressure fund raising tactics may cause questionable conduct among management. Little to no promotional opportunities. More money should go to cause instead of paying upper management's extreme salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to all members of the team - not just the directors! Fund-raise with a strong moral compass so that you don't get a bad reputation in your local community


  2. Great Cause

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

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Cause/mission with outstanding people on your teams. Provides great benefits that can change your life

    Cons

    Poor technology along with less than average promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology and career planning for your employees


  3. Office Manager/Special Event Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and great benefits

    Cons

    lots of travel far away


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at American Heart Association

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

    Pros

    Work life balence, full week of during Christmas and health benefits.

    Cons

    Unrealistic job task,lack of communication,misleading managers and the large amount of work that requires a lot of overtime without pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking on projects with huge amounts of money without having the resources and manpower to accomplish the task. This is extremely misleading.


  6. Director of Development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very flexible schedule, great salary and benefits, good mission, well-run

    Cons

    difficulty engaging volunteers with the mission, unreachable goals


  7. Helpful (7)

    AHA is DOA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Heart Association

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

    Pros

    I liked the goal of the organization and that it was established nationally.

    Cons

    It took about a month to realize what a mistake I had made in accepting a position with AHA. Disorganized, understaffed, overworked, unsupported, overwhelmed. Those are 5 words that come to mind at first thought. I was miserable and my family thought I would have a heart attack myself from all the stress I experienced. I had been in the non-profit field for 10 years prior to accepting a position with AHA and consider myself organized and highly competent - didn't matter. Unrealistic goals, terrible management, etc. will drag you down. My supervisor completely misled in terms of job requirements and advancement opportunities. I was so happy and so fortunate to find employment elsewhere and QUIT. Run, don't walk, away from this place. Oh, and if you're seeing a lot of "Pro" reviews from directors in recent months - I would not put it above upper management to encourage their minions to write positive reviews to help drown out the overwhelming negative comments. It's all about appearances, and nothing is below the surface to support it.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, already. Set more realistic goals and support your staff. Streamline your processes; stop wasting time with drop-ins, unnecessary meetings, and endless training videos.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Look Close at Turnover

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good mission

    Cons

    Lots of turnover. Check on your location before you come to work here.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Need to have their Non-profit status revoked

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    Former Employee - Executive Consultant/Educator/Trainer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Consultant/Educator/Trainer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at American Heart Association (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can think of none. Their management was the most back-stabbing and entrenched company that i had ever worked for.

    Cons

    Spent $5 million dollars on independent research over 5 years only to discover their training doesn't teach much of anything long term but yet have retained the same teaching model. Expensive trips for employees and volunteers for meetings consumed while they have children collect money for the organization. As long as they can demonstrate a minimum amount of profitability, they have been able to maintain their non-profit status.

    Advice to Management

    Change your educational model to one where people who pay for and take your training actually learn and retain CPR life-saving information rather than simply teach using drill-and-practice.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Youth Market Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Youth Market Director
    Current Employee - Youth Market Director

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule Impactful mission Good benefits Excellent training

    Cons

    No work/life balance Heavy focus on fundraising which comes across as not focused on the mission. Limited opportunity for advancement/growth. Management lacks experience/qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people. Get to know them and support their individual needs. Stop being a robot.


  11. Run like a for profit company that saves lives

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraising Vice President in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Fundraising Vice President in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a young staff person, you get exposure to c-suite level volunteer leadership and access to top companies. I would never have had this kind of experience with other organizations. When they talk about "working with volunteers" they mean working with leaders and captains of industry. Fundraising goals are very aggressive. But our mission is critical.

    Cons

    If you cannot work with executive level leadership, and through others, this job will be a challenge. There is too much to do and fundraising at this level is almost impossible to do without great leadership skills.

    Advice to Management

    Be very transparent with candidates on how aggressive the goals are before you make the offer.



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