American Heart Association

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American Heart Association Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
224 Reviews
2.5
224 Reviews
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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 21 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission. Poorly run organization from the top down. Tremendous efforts will go unrecognized.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time

    Pros

    Knowing the work you do for the mission is saving lives, providing training, and advancing research. Flexibility, sometimes. Week of Christmas off.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership. Outdated business models. Micro management without acknowledgement of successes, especially of those in support roles. Closed mindedness to change and new concepts in a constantly changing world. If you do have a great idea or accomplishment noticed, your manager will likely have no problem taking the credit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try out the attitude of gratitude. Be thankful, genuine, and trustworthy leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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.

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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Management

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    Current Employee - Director of Development in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Director of Development in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nationally the organization is wonderful, Great mission to save lives.

    Cons

    On a local level the management is terrible, they micro-manage you and do not trust you to do the job you were hired to complete. There is zero guidance or support.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 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 (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
  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 (less than an 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. 3 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 (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
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Good and Bad, but overall ok

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    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    worthwhile cause and great feeling of doing good

    Cons

    work life balance is difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be grateful for employees and what they do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people 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 (more than an 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

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