CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation)

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CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great cause

    Current Employee - Walk Manager
    Current Employee - Walk Manager

    I have been working at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Mission, people and impact of work

    Cons

    Long hours and at times unfocused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    take a pass at working here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY

    I worked at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice coworkers, human resources people are helpful

    Cons

    too many trainings, and conference calls. They are mostly a waste of time. Managers are inexperienced with supervising people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some old fixtures at your company that aren't really helping. Consider looking into these people with their nasty attitudes. Some people should stick to playing world of worldcraft and not be managers. They should not be let out of their basements. Role playing does not give you good management or leadership skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Potential to be a better company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Manager
    Current Employee - Development Manager

    I have been working at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to make own work schedule/not typical 9-5 job, great health benefits, continued education provided at no additional cost

    Cons

    Pressure to meet goals, long hours, working on weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge your employees more often and don't focus on the negative so much

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    If I had the ability, I would give no stars.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    None. They say hello to you at the door.

    Cons

    This organization, which I belonged to for more than ten years, gave me the boot because of a reorganization. They never supported me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hurting the patients that they are supposed to be helping.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Endurance Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Endurance Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule: the ability to work from home is very appealing, but what this essentially means is that you work 24/7. Know that you need to be able to regulate yourself and walk away from your laptop for a while each day. But it is great to be able to work from your living room in your yoga pants.

    -The volunteers. As a Team Challenge "endurance manager," the volunteers who sign up to raise money are generally wonderful people. These volunteers typically really believe in the organization mission and are really inspirational people. So although CCFA management is terrible, you get to work with nice people (as you convince them to raise thousands of dollars for a charity with terrible organization).

    -Locations. Being able to work with people outdoors and help individuals accomplish a half marathon while raising money was rewarding. Endurance managers are also able to travel to destination races with their teams if they reach the revenue goals.

    Cons

    -Poor management- on almost every scale. Local offices suffer from petty in-fighting and adolescent political jockeying. National programs discourage individuals from taking initiative and tell employees to not take on extra projects or help out with other program responsibilities. Individuals are hired and/or promoted based more on politics than their abilities to actually contribute to the organization. In my time there, I saw numerous extraordinarily talented and passionate people quit or not be hired based on management's personal preferences and "you scratch my back" practices. It's shameful.

    -Secrecy/ No transparency. Discussing salaries is "prohibited" - and with good reason. A quick look at local budgets reveals there are huge discrepancies. Everyone had to sign non-disclosure agreements regarding company information after several employees brought this up locally. No one knows what's going with events/ programs/ revenue goals - management doesn't communicate.

    -Poor technology utilization. The conference calls are a joke: our president can't figure out the mute button and the company is too cheap to invest in group call technology. CCFA spent a ton of money on Salesforce, but it's not being used efficiently.

    -Discouraging environment. Incentives are offered and not awarded. Target goals are constantly changed - so a revenue budget can start at $150,000 annually but be bumped up to $200,000 with a few weeks notice. Upper management will use ideas without giving credit- so there's no incentive to go above and beyond because your manager will just take credit for your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current policies and practices are hurting the patients suffering from terrible diseases.
    Make changes that focus on the patients that CCFA is supposed to be benefitting:

    -Hire/promote based on qualifications.
    -Award salary based on qualifications.
    -Don't change employee expectations mid-season.
    -Be transparent, and take responsibility for your own decisions, rather than dumping it on low-level employees. Be consistent.
    -Award and recognize hard work (not superficially, but by promoting and structurally benefitting those employees).
    -Create a cohesive, consistent mission and implementation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Marketing Intern

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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people, lots of creative freedom, fun projects, flexible schedule

    Cons

    unit credit only, no pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work/life balance but lots of pressure to meet revenue goals.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to meet revenue goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) as a contractor

    Pros

    i had i lot of great experience working there

    Cons

    feels a bit isolated needs more interaction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    State of the art systems
    Large budgeting for event planning and materials
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Not consistent in message to employees
    Little room to grow an area without some sort of penalty
    Lived in my car for almost 2 years - put 20,000 miles in a year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live in the areas that upper level mgmt oversee to get a better feel for the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Skill Builder

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Endurance Manager
    Current Employee - Endurance Manager

    I have been working at CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This position is great if you want to build your skills. It is not an easy job and not one for someone that wants 9-5, M-F. You will learn a lot about everything. There is a little travel (to great places) involved. You will build great relationships with fantastic people. Management is helpful and tries to coach you to succeed. Most people have a real passion for the mission.

    Cons

    Sometimes irregular/long hours. Technology issues. Pressure to meet specific goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the hard work of the professional staff more. Even those that don't make their goals. We all work extremely hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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