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Make tough decisions during tough times

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I have been working at APA

Pros

Time off, interesting subject matter, good benefits

Cons

Poor internal processes, lack of professional advancement and training, weak management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look at strategic plan to make personnel and budget decisions; streamlining and re-structuring needed.

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    A Good Company Whose Culture May Be Changing for the Worse

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    Former Employee - Writer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Writer in Washington, DC

    I worked at APA

    Pros

    The association tries to create a work-life balance. It also tries to create a healthy workplace. Employees have the chance to take meditation classes and yoga. There also is a nap room. The health benefits are good, the mental health benefits are great--80 percent covered no limit on visits. Pay isn't so great. Andc. APA does encourage growth within the company. However, promotions are not always accompanied by a pay raise. Overall, it's a liberal place to work--good place for someone who is gay or transgendered. There are gay and lesbian employees in high positions. It is also very accommodating for those with physical disabilities. Great vacation benefits, 2 percent contribution to 401K and then a match up to 4 percent. Overall it was a good place to work, but some seriously dysfunction areas of the association have not been dealt with.

    Cons

    A good work culture that seems to be changing. Employees who are working with difficult management have virtually no place to go for help. Pay can be low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When employees are dealing with a difficult supervisor, they should have an advocate outside of their department. HR should have an employee relations specialist who helps employees navigate these types of problems.

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    Offers great balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at APA

    Pros

    APA is a great place to work in terms of providing an excellent work/life balance and very good benefits including onsite gyms, generous PTO and classes such as lunchtime yoga and pilates. I do get the feeling that the executive office genuinely wants to provide a good environment for it's employees.

    Cons

    The cons are more to do with actual opportunities. Though this will greatly vary between offices since many operate autonomously. There is no real trajectory for advancement, just general categories of the Director level, the middle level and the assistant level. In many cases, getting to the Director level requires a PhD and specialized knowledge in an area of psychology, so it's not likely that someone who came to APA starting at the assistant level would reach the Director level (unless the took some years off to go back to school and get their PhD). I think that for many people coming in at the assistant or middle levels who are serious about their careers would likely find APA as more of a good base point. A place to work for a couple years and move on. The upside is that the salaries aren't bad, the benefits are great and all in all it's not a particularly stressful environment so it's ideal for people who aren't 100% career focused. This is a great place to work if you have a family and outside interests that you want to pursue. If you're the Type-A go-getter, wants to always finish ahead, competitive type, you'll probably get bored after awhile.

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