American Heart Association Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I love my job, but can see why some people are frustrated in their current roles

    • 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

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

    Pros

    great co workers
    lots of time off (PTO and office holidays)
    amazing mission and programs
    major shift to focus more and highlight health strategies/ initiatives

    Cons

    following best practices can sometimes be a hindrance
    titles don't always reflect the job
    very sales oriented

    Advice to Management

    be open to change and creative thinking


  2. Great place for growth and development.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Intern in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Health Intern in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at American Heart Association

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

    Pros

    This is great organization with qualified upper management. Being that it is a non-profit organization, business development positions are crucial to the organization. Good communication between colleagues, volunteers, and board members are necessary in all positions. So, if your interested in a position at AHA, you would definitely need to be a people person.

    Cons

    If I'd had to choose a con, it would have to be the range of positions available. Nearly all of the opportunities involve business development and administration.

    Advice to Management

    Develop methods of reaching out to different medical practices to diversify the group of board members.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Not many I can think of.

    Cons

    Micromanaged at every level and terrible management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging.


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  5. Great for Sales People

    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Great mission. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very sales-oriented. If you are not a salesman(woman) do not apply.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Good cause but bad management

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work experience gained in my career
    Was able to work with different teams within the organization

    Cons

    Former supervisor micro-managed staff
    Office environment had too much drama with senior staff
    Lack of accountability towards upper management
    Lack of opportunities for professional growth and development
    No work-life balance and highly stressful assignments due to layoffs
    Salary did not compensate for work performed

    Advice to Management

    Choose wisely before selecting a person in a management role
    Listen to feedback from staff to avoid high turnover
    Reprimand managers and directors when they are not doing their jobs


  7. Events and Business Operations Intern

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Gained great experience to use for a future career

    Cons

    Unpaid internship and no current job opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is helpful and a positive, friendly work environment


  8. Helpful (8)

    Sadly it’s an unengaged, uninspired and highly wasteful environment @ the National Headquarters

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager - National Center in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager - National Center in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Easy for the most part – just be there in body and occasionally work

    Cons

    Non challenging & Non Productive - So many people are disengaged with some having side businesses or so many outside of work interest that nothing meaningful occurs

    Advice to Management

    I’ve witnessed Millions of hard earned donor dollars spent on IT programs, applications and initiatives over a decade that were left unused after implementation. Colleagues laugh that “working from home” consists of giving “busy” status reports and talking a lot on conference calls but in reality they work ~ 20 hours per week.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Stay away!!!!

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great Mission but really after everyone's money.

    Cons

    Treats employees badly. Very high turnover. Work - life balance not there. Micro management style.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of upper management and bring in new blood. Value your employees.


  10. Helpful (11)

    Totally unrealistic business model

    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Great job for a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Mobile, AL

    I worked at American Heart Association

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

    Pros

    Great job to get into non profit

    Cons

    Lots of work but good times

    Advice to Management

    More guidance



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