JDRF

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JDRF Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
47 Reviews
2.3
47 Reviews
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Derek K. Rapp
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  1.  

    Wonderful mission, great staff, management challenges

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at JDRF full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Important mission to change the lives of people with Type 1 Diabetes. Some good ways to make all personnel feel a real connection to the mission and understand progress in research. Really great staff - some of the best colleagues I have ever worked with. Decent salary and benefits. Good holidays and week between Christmas and New Year has recently become a vacation. Easily commutable office location. The new CEO seems to be trying to address some of the negative points mentioned below - which is a big pro for those of us here. He has set a goal to have lunch with all employees (at the NY office) over the next year and get direct feedback and suggestions.

    Cons

    On-boarding process (other than the general HR) not consistent across job functions requiring quite a bit of initiative upfront to understand department-specific policies and procedures which seem to change often. Multiple management, strategy, process and policy changes can be exhausting even for the most committed employees. This can make a normally positive environment a little negative. Changes can be made that make employees feel less engaged / valued despite important contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is important but make sure your employees feel valued for their contribution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Mission

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

    I worked at JDRF full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The mission is wonderful. The support from our National Office is outstanding. Very positive experience working with our HR department, and other support functions...the best I've experienced in my 25 year career working with non-profits. Our local board members are wonderful. Benefits and salaries are good, and compare very favorably to other non-profits I've worked for.

    Cons

    Sr. Management has always been a challenge at JDRF. Six CEO's in 10 years; speaks volumes of the IBOD's ability to hire right. It seems as long as they have a T1D connection they're in, regardless of experience running a non-profit. One would think this group of executives would have realized this by now. The most recent previous CEO and COO were abusive. It took 4 years for the IBOD to do anything about it, allowing them to destroy careers, damage self-esteem and lose quality people along the way. New chairman took action almost immediately upon being appointed. It may take some time to undo the damage, but there are already signs that JDRF is on the way back to being a premier non-profit organization.

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

    great mission - management issues across the board.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at JDRF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven. Many dedicated employees that believe they are making a difference. Good work / life balance at the corporate headquarters in NYC.

    Cons

    there have been 4 (?) CEOs over the the last 10 years and it's taken its toll. It is too top heavy in nyc: Too many VPs and it's politically difficult to navigate and progress - the "team" attitude is missing. It's hard to get promoted if you are internal. Better off leaving and coming back if you want to move up and get more money. New staff are paid much much more than than tenured staff. They also do not invest in current staff - professional development training is impossible to get if you are not a fundraiser.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    definitely plan better before the next lay off and re-organization. They clearly have not been thought through. Also treat your employees better. - hopefully within the new (again) CEO (Derek Rapp) the people / human approach. And lastly communicate more. Transparency in business decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful organization with upper management challenges

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, benefits, constituent base, corporate networking opportunities, and mission

    Cons

    Defined mission and branding although a mixed direction to accomplish due to management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing experience!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDRF

    Pros

    Loved knowing my work was helping others! The yearly gala and walks are fun to plan and work!

    Cons

    Not many, some overtime but that's expected in non profit work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing great!

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission -- management needs improvement

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDRF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The organization has a great mission, and they try to offer competitive salaries & benefits. The volunteers are passionate about the mission, which helps balance the cons a bit. The mission-centric thinking makes up for a lot of the dysfunction in management.

    Cons

    Instability at the top leads to uncertainty throughout the organization. The most recent CEO, who was just replaced in July, had almost single-handedly destroyed any shred of morale left among employees in the national office. (Something like 30+ people were fired in his last few months.) Hopefully the new/interim CEO will be able to do some triage, salvage any remainder of morale, and then start the difficult process of rebuilding trust in the leadership of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This should be an amazing place to work. Please listen to the employees! Board: Pay attention to what the CEO is doing, not just what's being told to you at your meetings, and listen to what is coming through the employee and volunteer grapevine. Things under the most recent CEO should have been dealt with long ago.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great Cause

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at JDRF part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved being able to see the difference we were making in peoples lives!

    Cons

    The office staff was VERY controlling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission and cause, not so great leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator
    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator

    I worked at JDRF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The research that is being done and the millions of people JDRF is helping is fabulous. Working with the families affected by T1D is what keeps you there.

    Cons

    LOTS of organizational changes....all of the time. Every chapter is different but the lack of leadership from "national" is terrible. You will be taken advantage of if you don't stand up for yourself. More work, more responsibilities, title changes but little to no compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Passionate mission, wonderful inspiring kids

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

    I have been working at JDRF full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, dedicated and hardworking

    Cons

    Frequent changes and challenging communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for work load stress in front line employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do Not Work Here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDRF full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you can work from home and not in the New York City National office, are chummy with key volunteers, and a total suck up with back stabbing potential - this is the job environment for you!

    Cons

    Nasty senior management with inflated egos. Created a fearful atmosphere and stripped staff of confidence. Provided zero direction, mentorship and ownership of teams. No room for growth. Constant turnover (55+ colleagues during my time there). Every day you must course correct and know every man is out for himself on JDRF sinking ship. Low staff morale with bosses who are not on your side. Political, elitist, and dirty game playing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management does not care. They earn six figure salaries and home allowances. They will continue to intimidate the staff "beneath" them with no "talent" and play favoritism. Training should be provided but they expect staff earning 40K to be well oiled machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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