American Heart Association Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Cause

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Heart Association full-time

    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


  2. Fundraising

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An organization with a great mission that provides opportunities to meet leaders in the community,

    Cons

    Too many meetings that pull field staff out of the field. Too may chiefs and not enough Indians. Management provides little or no direction on how to be successful in the position.

    Advice to Management

    Less micro-managing and more leadership development for field staff


  3. Helpful (1)

    Office Manager/Special Event Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY
    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)

    Not great environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits in terms of healthcare

    Cons

    scapegoating to lower level staff, aggressive approach to getting money that can be offputting, hard to get paid time off

    Advice to Management

    develop a system to help and not hinder employees


  6. Helpful (3)

    Event Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time

    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


  7. Communications Director and Senior Communications Director

    Former Employee - Communications Director and Senior Communications Director
    Former Employee - Communications Director and Senior Communications Director

    Pros

    A well-respected national non-profit organization

    Cons

    I enjoyed a nice career at this organization.


  8. Director of Development

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


  9. Helpful (6)

    Development Director

    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation packages for 501(c)3 organization; the AHA brand still carries commendable leverage in a vastly expanded universe of non-profit orgs.

    Cons

    Poorly unsophisticated sales/development training; management doesn't use compatible data to determine event goals; incredibly high turnover, which inhibits relationship building, which results in poor revenue performance, which results, in poor bonus achievement, which results in high turnover, etc...

    Advice to Management

    Hire smarter people with consultative sales backgrounds and offer sales training relevant to the non-profit world; stop the fuzzy smoke and mirrors "analytics" to recruit partner companies, it only leads to disappointed clients and crappy performance.


  10. Run like a for profit company that saves lives

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraising Vice President in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Fundraising Vice President in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Company Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at American Heart Association (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment and their mission makes the AHA a wonderful organization to work for. It's a great place to learn various skills especially for entry level individuals.

    Cons

    Although it's a nonprofit organization and they have great values, the AHA needs to allocate some money to update the technology and computer systems in the office.



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