American Hospital Association Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Overall OK work experience, but lacking in good leadership and employee recognition.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits offered are good and there is flexibility with time and work life balance. Overall nice people to work with.

    Cons

    AHA is a flat organization with no room to grow. Promotions are rare and come after years of working there and by then you've already been burnt out/over worked. In my particular department, you're respected if you've worked there for 10+ years and if you haven't worked for that long, you're opinions and input is not valued or even considered.


  2. Membership Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Hospital Association full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, friendly people and casual work environment, and solid benefits.

    Cons

    Fewer opportunities for upward mobility


  3. Research Division

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Hospital Association full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn and implement performance improvement methodology. Talented and well-educated staff. Seasoned leadership.

    Cons

    Remote-based leadership may lead to limited staff communication and missed opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Lengthen the horizon for long-term planning. Encourage staff to innovate and develop products to contribute to the financial assets of the division.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Membership and Communications Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member Relations Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Member Relations Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Many options for promotion throughout the large organization. Opportunities for employee development.

    Cons

    Communication lacked between administrative staff and management.


  6. A good job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work

    Cons

    A lot of bitter people


  7. Helpful (2)

    National Account Executive

    Former Employee - National Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - National Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Do not work for this company

    Cons

    Upper management is too detached from reality. Health Forum's products are outdated

    Advice to Management

    They need to take a hard look at their business model and realize how behind the times they are.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Office Politics Rule

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to park yourself if you have a second career/job/education goal to attend to. Normal 38-hour workweek, low performance expectations, and non-existing reward system encourage you to apply your drive/passion to something outside work.

    Cons

    Endless politics and the bureaucracy suck the life out of most people working there. As a result, employees give up and follow the "success" track of not making waves with anyone and repeating tactics/strategies that were done the prior year, regardless if they make sense or not. Hard work/good work is secondary to finding and keeping a "connected" manager who will protect you. Different internal groups compete with each other for revenue. This creates major conflicts between groups and confuses the small pool of clients who are the source of those revenues.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale is dismal and bringing in a steady parade of consultants who give staff HR presentations is a waste. Better to get rid of the senior managers who create the toxic work environments and reduce the internal confusion and conflicts associated with competing revenue goals.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Last few years were terrible. Terrible management

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

    I worked at American Hospital Association (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Competitive salary. Nice offices. Enjoyed my team

    Cons

    Cast system. If you are middle management and not part of the WO and political system, you are considered as part of administrative staff.

    Advice to Management

    Favoritism has increased over time. Need to connect with employees.


  10. Great place to work.

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

    I worked at American Hospital Association full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, a supportive and encouraging environment that provides career development and support.

    Cons

    Promotions and growth is limited due to the longevity of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more growth opportunities for the staff


  11. Helpful (7)

    The AHA provides a great example of why associations are a dying business model.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are the only benefit unless you like being bullied by your boss and working with processes and systems from 1985.

    Cons

    I worked for one of those groups (AHRMM) and the following describe what you will most likely encounter from working there: 1) you will learn how to deal with a boss who is a passive aggressive bully and you will be expected to just deal with it on your own. During my time (under 5 years) my boss was reported to the anonymous hotline two times within a year and received less than favorable employee evaluation scores yet nothing was done to correct her behavior. When the AHA allows employees to be treated like scum it is hard to think that they truly care about the wellbeing of others. 2) the AHA provide minimal benefits to their members. I was told multiple times not focus so much time on improving the “quality” of our products even though the products had no strategy or design and looked like they came from 1987. 3) The AHA is perfect for employees who have no voice, motivation, or strategy for improvements. 4.) The AHA likes to waste money to have high dollar consultants come in and train their employees (performance excellence) yet they do not hold leaders responsible for any type of excellence so no improvements are made. 5) The AHA IT department is like none I’ve ever seen but that may be because I didn’t work in 1985 when half of their systems were developed. 6) The AHA has no business continuity. If someone is out on vacation, you just have to wait. 7) The AHA trains about process and project management because they do not believe in hiring project managers. Be ready to do two jobs when new projects come around. 8) The AHA hires skilled employees; however, they do not utilize even a quarter of their potential. Be prepared to do a lot of admin work because they do not believe in process improvements. 9) This is the perfect job for people who do not want to be held accountable for anything.

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE pay attention to the PMGs executive directors. Their behavior is unethical and should be addressed immediately!



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