JDRF Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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Derek K. Rapp
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Pros
  • Single minded drive to improve the lives of people living with type 1 (in 5 reviews)

  • Amazing mission and excellent work life balance (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the average volunteer, not the average staff person, not the most dedicated walkers, just Board members and large donors (in 3 reviews)

  • Very poor organizational structure, causing a lot of inefficiencies (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Development Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDRF full-time

    Pros

    There are some incredibly passionate staff members and volunteers who are committed to JDRF's cause. If you have a personal connection to type 1 diabetes then it can be an incredibly rewarding position. Great benefits for those with diabetes (100% coverage of all diabetes supplies.) and cumulative vacation days that transfer over each year.

    Cons

    JDRF is a bureaucratic mess. Limited opportunities for internal career advancement based on the organizational structure. Most chapters are so under-staffed that you end up taking on 12 additional responsibilities than what was originally in your job description (of course, that's the nature of working at a non-profit, I suppose.) In my experience, the most passionate individuals who join JDRF tend to get overworked and under appreciated and end up leaving as a result.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more support and resources from the National level to chapter staff. If you make it to a managerial position you're essentially stuck until you've gained enough experience to move to a director or ED role/make a horizontal career shift into another department.

  2. Volunteer

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at JDRF as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great cause and deep passion behind each employee

    Cons

    Small window of time I was needed

  3. not applicable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDRF

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility, friendly environment, learned new skills

    Cons

    lack of communication, HUGE turnover

    Advice to Management

    not applicable

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  5. Intern

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDRF

    Pros

    Amazing cause. Amazing people. Amazing internship.

    Cons

    There are no cons. JDRF was a game changer for my life.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing Experience - Turned Me Off To Non-Profits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDRF

    Pros

    The "idea" of working for a great cause. Met some nice people who were trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    Poor leadership/very unprofessional - knew of issues and did nothing about it. Good employees were scrutinized while poor performing employees just existed. Very stressful work environment if you were trying to do your job well. Most of the money goes to Senior Management instead of to "the cause". Very disturbing and turned me off to non-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Get the right leadership in place (including HR) and get back to basics - giving most of the money to research and treating your employees with respect and as adults.

  7. Great Organization!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I worked at JDRF

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being a type one diabetic, it gave me great pleasure to help the people who work so hard to give so much to the diabetes community.

    Cons

    There were no cons while I was there.

  8. Get what you're paid for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at JDRF full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ultimately the biggest pro of working at JDRF (that of it being a medical NPO) becomes also the biggest con. The mission is noble and the volunteers are often great.

    Cons

    Pay stinks. It's a recent grad mill. No or little advancement opportunities. Feels like the money push always edges out the mission driven work. Most money does not go directly to cure so you feel often disengenious with donors.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus efforts and stop burning out families with constant cash grabbing.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great goal but questionable execution

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

    I worked at JDRF

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Truly believed in the mission statement and appreciated the opportunity for professional growth and the goals targeted for a happier workforce

    Cons

    The goals for staff appreciation did NOT sync with how staff/ departments/ goals were executed. Upper management did NOT appreciate the efforts of lower departments AND spend HUGE money on programs/services that internal staff /departments would NOT have selected. Many goals were impeded by the timelines rolled out by upper management/ International Board and the contractors/ software that they did NOT inquire to the staff that would use it if it was beneficial, helpful, appropriate, cost-effective.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Not Worth it at all

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

    I have been working at JDRF

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Certain staff are very motivated in what they do

    Cons

    Low staff morale, it almost seems as if everyone hates their job and are just there to get paid. Upper management definitely does not appreciate lower management at all and employees are treated like nothing and are often disposable

    Advice to Management

    Develop culture.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at JDRF

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and clear structure.

    Cons

    Needed to invest more into grassroots level outreach for newly diagnosed families.

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