American Heart Association

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American Heart Association Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
239 Reviews
2.7
239 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 23 reviews)


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

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

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Totally unrealistic business model

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

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility if working out in the field. Week off at Christmas. Good PTO . AHA does wonderful work in advocacy and education changing lives every day.

    Cons

    Recent study shows a 75% turnover rate in the first 6 months of employment. Intense pressure placed upon fundraising staff routinely causing health problems and family distress. Running joke that AHA works to reduce heart disease EXCEPT for it's own staff. Very sad but true. This is top down poor management with little regard for the personal lives of its employees. AHA does such important work, too bad this is the reality of the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your fundraisng professionals and cut back on the micromanagement. Give your employees more credit and respect unless given good reason not to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst experience!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Pros

    Co-workers were supportive. Mission centered, great focus with Health departments.

    Cons

    More training for Advocacy in the western area. The supervisor is hands off but when somethings goes wrong he is quick to blame. He will never say it to your face, you'll learn from others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    The Worst Career Experience in My Life!!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Director
    Former Employee - Development Director

    I worked at American Heart Association

    Pros

    The mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

    Cons

    Where do I begin... What a complete nightmare. If you are looking for an organization that will micromanage the very life out of you to the point that you couldn't come up with an original thought or idea if you had to- this is your place! Horrible organizational structure, more drama than a daytime soap, back to back meetings, conference calls and webinars to talk about the vast amount of work that needs to be done without actually leaving you any real time to do the work, unrealistic expectations for newly hired employees, excessive amount of focus on "Best Practices" leaving no room for a plan B approach when their plan doesn't work- if the cookie cutter plan isn't working it has to be the employee- right??? More stress and pressure than any one person should have to live under on a daily basis. Reports- like doing crazy, crazy amounts of reporting- redundant, ridiculous reporting? - This is your place. GAP meetings!!! Don't get me started- these meetings are intended to berate you and pick through every single spec of the project to which you are assigned all under the guise of "trying to help you close the gap". I have personally witnessed people leaving these meetings in tears and sick to their stomach. How can this be viewed as helpful? I worked with 2-3 nice, well intentioned people who I feel blessed to know. Beyond that, it is appalling how poorly one group of people can behave and how deplorable their words and actions towards others are displayed. I'm embarrassed to say that I allowed myself to spend almost 11 months in this environment. I've worked for some really great companies and alongside some amazing people in my career. This organization is not for people who care about others and want to be surrounded with positivity in their work. I'm so thankful that I've moved on from this horrible and degrading experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with middle management, throw out the book and start over in regard to your internal structure. Understand that your internal customer can make or break you and really take a hard look at what's happening outside of Dallas, TX. Your turnover rate is horrible- shouldn't that be telling you something?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Worthy cause

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Cultural Initiatives in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Director, Cultural Initiatives in Honolulu, HI

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

    Pros

    If you're interested in making a difference in our communities, this is a great organization dedicated to heart and stroke research and awareness.

    Cons

    The organization presses hard on the fund raising aspect; sometimes to the detriment to their reputation. Would be better suited if they were a little less aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow divisions to collaborate and intersect, rather than silos that need to compete against each other.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    great

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    good organization, great time off

    Cons

    bad organization in terms of actual organization

  8.  

    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.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Many great benefits and causes but appropriate management staff is lacking.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The saving lives cause is outstanding. Benefits were wonderful. Volunteers were incredible to work with and very caring. Community involvement is key.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Lots of micro managing. Lack of caring managers when it comes to work life balance. Lack of respect. Too much back stabbing. Very petty and toxic work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to everyone not just management. Not everything is how it is presented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people 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

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Life saving to others but not employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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