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Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Coordinator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work and promotes diversity

    Cons

    Not a lot room for growth


  2. Program Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    Good office location. Intelligent staff.

    Cons

    Your work experience will depend very much on your supervisor. Usually it's someone who is technically very knowledge, but he or she doesn't know how to manage staff in an association setting.


  3. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects and initiatives.

    Cons

    Unless you are in desperate need for a job, run away from this organization. Unhealthy work environment coupled with some aloof and cagey management staff. So much for an organization that promotes health.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive and understanding of your subordinates and people around you.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Lots of recent change, many wonderful long time employees have jumped ship

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are generous (leave and sick leave, insurance, 401K) Flexible scheduling. You can have really good working relationship with members who work in committees.

    Cons

    Many wonderful long time employees have left in the recent months. With new management, many employees were let go quietly (one day they're there, and gone the next.) It's hard to determine exactly what new management values. It seems there's lot of lip service and more emphasis on style over real substance.


  6. Complicated times

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    -fabulous benefits: great vacation/comp/sick leave policy, 401k matches offered, good work/life balance with flex hours or schedules available, occasional work from home -valuable work and mission -great office location (and views!) -staff has great longevity and there are lots of fun and interesting people to meet and call your colleagues

    Cons

    -confusing employee appreciation and value: great benefits for employees as stated above, but otherwise saying"we value our employees" but not showing it through respect is confusing -like many, if not all, associations the pace of change can be slow, but complicated due to changing leadership each year -advancement within the company often requires switching departments, not following the same career path (maybe a con, maybe a pro). And, when these opportunities arise, the increase in potential salary earnings is capped, and may be lower than the same position would pay if hired an external candidate (this is one of the very few flaws /downsides to the APA's benefits and compensation packages) Ps. James H Scully Jr, MD is no longer the CEO, so the company is still doing some conversions to the new CEO. Though it's been nearly a year, so we are on the downside of that and things have significantly settled down


  7. Somewhere in the Middle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work/Life Balance, Flexible Schedules, Relaxed Dress policy (although this may be changing), competitive pay.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement slim to none feels like the only way you are going to advance is if someone vacates the position.


  8. Good mission, confused management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tends to be a good work/life balance. Lots of people with deep commitment to their work and the organization's mission.

    Cons

    Recent management and organization changes have bred a culture of mistrust and confusion. Very much a conflict between longer term staff and new management/staff who recently joined.

    Advice to Management

    It's nice to say you value your employees - it's better to show it.


  9. Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The actual work is easy and stress free; annual travel out of VA

    Cons

    A lot of turnover from the newer employees, I'd attribute to the drama filled company culture. There's basically very little trust going on.

    Advice to Management

    Build better relationships between team members.


  10. Expected to steer the ship, but not allowed near the controls

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good location; many colleagues care about their work and strive to overcome poor management

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership is hampered by tunnel vision, limited understanding of technical and business operations, and narcissism. Decision-makers don't trust staff members' guidance in critical areas


  11. Helpful (1)

    Mental Health of staff is not a priority and incompetence is rewarded at this "good ole boy" Association.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice offices in convenient location near DC in VA

    Cons

    I worked with many organizations but this place is the most unfriendly environment I've ever encountered--especially concerning directors who will not acknowlege long time employees for their dedication and accomplishments. A number of the directors and managers obtained their jobs by knowing the right people and not by academic credentials, excellence or experience. Incompetence is rewarded as evidenced by large compensation to executive staff while most employess receive substandard compensation. There's little advancement opportunities and don't even think of approaching HR about ANY issues, problems or concerns--speak up about anything and you will probably loose your job. This "mental health" association does not care about the health of their employees and fire without cause and at will. Stay away from this place unless you are really desperate for employment.

    Advice to Management

    Value your support staff and treat employees with respect. Start with a simple "hello" instead of acting as if you don't know your association's co-workers. Handle yourselves in a professional manner and nuture a mentally healthy workplace instead of relying on intimidation and fear to quell employees concerns.



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