American Heart Association

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American Heart Association Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
230 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.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Intern in Miami, FL

    I have been working at American Heart Association as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    As a volunteer you learn a lot. Whether it is event, pr, marketing, sales, fundraising focused there is a lot that can be learned.

    Cons

    Depending on the branch you are in, you have to stay close to those that can really teach you about the operations and not use you for events they consider minimal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Review from Interns Perspective

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Event Planning Intern in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Event Planning Intern in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at American Heart Association as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    An overall great place to work. Serves as great experience if you have any interest in working for a Non-Profit Organization. And to top it all off, you're working for such a great cause.

    Cons

    A lot of soliciting for donations, which is expected. But it did become a bit monotonous after a few weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead the office in a very cohesive manner. But at times, I felt like I was just stuck in an office cold-calling for a donation. So find more ways to get the interns involved with everyone in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great Coworkers, TERRIBLE BOSSES

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time

    Pros

    Co-Workers are awesome! Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Management in completely skewed and myopic in their ideologies and what they consider to be 'good' work from lower level employees. A Director and or Admin could be performing at what other companies would consider to be excellent or good, but this same work will be scored at average or fair. It is almost as though management is trying to 'incentivize' the employee to work even more by giving them lower scores on their performance reviews when in fact they deserve more (at least my manager operated this way). However, there are some employees who don't even get dressed for work and come in their pajamas and these very employees are protected in some sick and twisted manner by the SVP that manages him or her.

    It feels as though upper level management (Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Executive Vice President) are completely far removed from the average worker bees. Hell should freeze over before you arrive 10 mins after 8:30AM. Management somehow loves to disregard the late nights, weekends and extra time put in by threatening EXEMPT workers to be at work before 8:30AM. As if 60-70 hours per week were not enough??!! Apparently management bonuses or salaries are completely dependent on the VPs hitting their internal GOAL WINS. These Goal Wins are self-imposed rules made up by the Heart Association to make employees work 60-70 hour work weeks at the salary of a semi decent non-profit. You will hear it over and over again as if it were some sort of creed that has been passed down to them by the EVP and SVPs.

    Management likes to talk a lot about culture this and culture that--but the VPs are the very individuals that have political agendas to stick by, red tape to adhere to and their little games intoxicate the culture of the organization. If a volunteer does not want to volunteer, somehow it ends up being the employees fault, as if we had control of volunteer schedules. The moment you contradict the culture or ask for the Christmas party (yes, I said Christmas party!!!) to be called a Holiday party, management and the lower level minions will treat you as if you should be the next person in line to be executed or stoned to death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could have been great with better local market leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lively, Fun, Very professional organization, great branding, great mission, very health conscious, excellent health insurance with 401K and company retirement plan.

    Cons

    Too much nepotism at local level, not very diverse, fundraising trumps mission frequently, local fundraisers do not embrace multiculturalism well and frequently fail to recommend minorities for higher level volunteer boards unless thousands of dollars are donated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require Market Directors to switch markets after a set number of years and multiculturalism and diversity must also be sincerely embraced by the Regional VP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh...

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

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Obviously helping with research in heart disease is satisfying, but that's where the bus stops.

    Cons

    They hate it when you do overtime... yet somehow expect you to achieve 48 hours into an 8 hour day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, poor leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    The AHA has some incredible volunteers and donors. Unfortunately the culture does not promote stewarding and cultivating them properly.

    Cons

    The AHA is a high pressure sales environment that has lost touch with the mission. If you are looking for the warm and fuzzies, this is NOT the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk about the mission more and put more of an emphasis on the people than the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Donor dollars and your talents wasted!

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    I loved the team I worked with five years ago. We did good things until my boss was forced out for no reason.

    Cons

    Today, I am ashamed to be with a non-profit that gets donor dollars by claiming full credit for medical break-throughs and health programs to which it has contributed VERY little. In fact, the money raised goes to fat executive salaries, large hidden benefits and incentives, lavish entertainment and travel and other wasteful spending. The Board and Volunteer Committees must be enjoying some this excess to allow it to continue.

    Senior executives rule by judging staff on appearance, clothing and how quickly they agree to support the current status quo with a smile on their face. Sadly, there are very few professional or qualified people in most positions. And, those of us who haven't drunk the kool-aid put in extensive hours in an attempt to do the work they don't - garnering jeers instead of recognition.

    I've got my resume on the street and hope to leave before the pigeons come home to roost and the AHA is publicly exposed for its poor management of funds and people.

    If you really wish to help fight heart disease and stroke, donate your dollars and give your talents to a research, educational or fund-raising team tied to a teaching hospital or medical university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pray.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good for a stepping stone kind of job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fundraising Director in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Fundraising Director in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    high level volunteers, best practices, long standing/ well known mission

    Cons

    expectations and goals are unrealistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lets set some realistic and achievable goals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Passionate Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Passion Committee Intern in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Passion Committee Intern in Riverside, CA

    I worked at American Heart Association as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gain exposure to a broad range of experiences which else develop new skills and experience.

    Cons

    It's difficult to predict how thing will be from day to day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dedicate more time to working with interns to help them develop proper skills for potential job placement.

  11.  

    Never enough

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Corporate Events in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Corporate Events in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    All the resources and support from upper management at your call...

    Cons

    Very high figures and goals to achieve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a reasonable and attainable goal... Let not every EVENT be a benchmark for the entire Association.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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