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  1.  

    Entry level position and learned a lot about a corporate enviornement

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    Current Employee - Accountant I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Planning Association

    Pros

    Flexible with time off and benefits are great! A lot of room to learn and grow mentally and in your position but not compensated for it.

    Cons

    Management will tell you they will do one thing, but never actually follow thru. Communication is horrible, especially within accounting, and the director that is in charge is horrible and indecisive. It is a decent job for a year or so and if you are at the beginning of your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees fairly and compensate and recognize them for their accomplishments.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Low morale, open seated seating, no privacy, not inspirational or enjoyable to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    35-hour work week. It was a check. Not much else good to say about it.

    Cons

    Low morale, not a good culture, lot of disgruntled employers, lack of guidance, no privacy, boring and uninspiring place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    An experience where you learn about how a non profit works. No direction or organization within the company.

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Planning Association

    Pros

    Enjoy working with my co workers and direct manager. The times are flexible overall with taking time off and if u have to leave early. Overall it's a casual environment.

    Cons

    Management expects you to do things that try have seen or done before. Even if it's not your job function they ask questions to the wrong people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To expect only of what can be done by management. And a key rule of thumb to lead by example which is necessary for any management position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stagnant company, no room from growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Planning Association

    Pros

    Non-profit. Easy going atmosphere. Everyone is very approachable and helpful. It is impossible to be fired unless you are trying. Low expectations of most people. There is a pension available if you stay long enough. 5+ year to be vested.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no room for growth. The company is full of people who have been there for more than a decade. Pay rates and benefits are atrociously outdated and completely uncompetitive. This place thrives on bottom feeders, people who have no drive and are completely content to do the same thing every day for the rest of their lives with no chance for advancement. Raises are practically unheard of. Once every few years there is a cost of living adjustment which is paltry and blatantly insulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut 30% of the staff and spread the wealth to the ones who still have a pulse!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not many opportunities to grow and advance. Interns are disposable

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Planning Association

    Pros

    Good on your CV.
    Experience and how much you learn depends on who the manager is.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Mediocre company, at best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Planning Association

    Pros

    the people you work with are wonderful. the work environment is relaxed most of the time.

    Cons

    The compensation is very sub par, as are advancement opportunities. There is also a great deal of favoritism in hiring and promotions. Also, the benefits are all less than impressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so Arrogant.

  8.  

    Stable job, micro managed, low pay but good work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Associate
    Former Employee - Program Associate

    I worked at American Planning Association

    Pros

    You can mostly count on a regular work day of only 7 hours. This is a good company for parents, as there is a policy about parents being able to take time off for school activities. Plus, good amount of time off in general. Great location in downtown DC and Chicago. Great opportunities for professional development--as staff is encouraged to attend all APA educational opportunities.

    Cons

    CEO is big on micro-management, which makes doing your job very difficult. At the same time, I think APA is doing pretty well under his leadership. So while the organization is doing well, from a worker standpoint I wouldn't want to work under those conditions. Also, very limited possibilities for growth. Salaries aren't that great. If you search for APA Form 990 on the internet, you'll see that upper managment make a lot, but the rest of us are barely competitive. As such, there's a lot of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the micro-mangagement to tasks that really matter. Up those salaries to remain competitive.

    Approves of CEO

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