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American Psychiatric Association Reviews

Updated June 29, 2014
Updated June 29, 2014
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    Complicated times

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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Somewhere in the Middle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (more than an 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good mission, confused management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Build better relationships between team members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Care Little for Employees

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

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    Immediate supervisors were wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Care little about employees. Director of section refused to take responsibility for mistakes and would blame the staff for any errors he made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at upper managment and maybe your staff would stay longer and the departments would run smoother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    description of all mental disorders

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    Current Employee - Paid Internship In Clinical Psychology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Paid Internship In Clinical Psychology in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    it provide the important basic knowledge in psychology and psychiatry

    Cons

    It is excellent to work in this institution because there are a lot to study.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just keep the way that you are in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Meaningful work; incompetence rewarded

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association

    Pros

    The APA does some very exciting, meaningful and rewarding work. Someone who is creative and willing to work hard has room to do fulfilling work. Benefits are good, and the organization has some hard-working and positively engaged staff and members.

    Cons

    Employees who are incompetent are rewarded and hinder the work of those who really want to work and contribute constructively to the organization's goals. There is a cohort of motivated hard working staff who really care and seek each other out to do good work, but the best tend to get discouraged and leave. They must work around people who are unqualified and take up space and waste resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard work and weed out incompetence. Do a better job protecting staff.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An exercise in complacency

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

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - 11 paid holidays per year
    - Relatively laid back and casual work environment (almost comatose)
    - Good location/metro accessible for after work fun
    - Very nice building
    - Enough youngish people (23 - 35) if you not married with kids to not feel completely left out

    Cons

    It's gotten harder and harder for me to be able to be reasonable about my expectations from an employer. The APA is a place you go if you want to be comfortable and complacent. They're not changing the world, they're a prestigious and widely-respected organization that coasts on the glory of past success. The DSM is the sacred text of mental health and will always be its cash cow.

    There have been yearly layoffs since 2008 with more expected in 2010. Many people (like myself) have left and bailed on the sinking ship. Leadership is silent and appears apathetic. Since the APA is a medium-sized organization and it's not feasible to wipe out whole departments or programs, layoffs are political, based on things like how well someone is liked or how well they kiss @ss. Layoffs str poorly executed and happen between Thanksgiving and Christmas so there's high amount of anxiety between the September Component Meetings (when the Board meets) and till then, the WORST possible time to lay people off. There have been no merit increases in two years and cost of living increases have been discontinued.

    I'm a woman and there are too many women at this organization. I will never again work at a place that's not more balanced between the sexes. There seems to be little objectivity in the workplace environment or advancement based on hard work, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities. Most people advance by jumping department to department or if they're the last man standing they're a director of something simply because they outlasted everyone else. The APA is very top-heavy because they've promoted people that have been with the organization with titles instead of anything meaningful. Certain positions within each department are the career ladder positions and the rest are stagnant.

    Many people hunker down in their offices and never leave so there's not much communication other than through email, which is both a blessing and a curse. Some division directors are better power players than others and that shows in how much a division is touched during RIFs.

    Workplace culture is blessedly laid back and casual. You could come to work in jeans everyday if your shirt is professional, you're well accessorized, and you're wearing nice shoes. Rosslyn is just over the Key Bridge from Georgetown which is good for happy hours. Further up Wilson Blvd is also more places for after work fun. Benefits are comparable to most other nonprofits in a similar league although the HR policies are horribly out of date. There has been a revolving door of HR directors with no one staying for more than 18 months since about 2005.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees, people are hungry for information good or bad. Silence makes people more anxious and they're likely to fill the silence with unfounded rumor. Continue to have quarterly employee meetings if at all possible or at the very least emails that are truly informative about the state and condition of the APA. There are many loyal employees willing to ride this out with you if you just let them know what's going on.

    Take note of workplace morale. Use other methods to motivate your employees and let them know they're appreciated. Don't underestimate the small things because you'd be surprised how far pizza and pop will go.

    Empower your employees with professional skills. For example, bring someone in to teach people advanced PowerPoint or Excel. This is a low cost way of letting your employees know you're still looking after them and they are filled with more than just tomato sauce and high fructose corn syrup.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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