Lifelong AIDS Alliance Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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  1. Great people and rewarding work; disconnect between direct services and upper-management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate coworkers, rewarding work, amazing clients, important work, comprehensive client care, casual attire, good work/life balance, excellent vacation time, unionized.

    Cons

    Low pay, not a lot of room for career advancement, upper management/direct services disconnect, emotionally trying work, lack of funding, overworked/not enough staff, stressful, poor management/managers not trained well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to what your employees are telling you needs to change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. I learned a lot about what I want and don't want from my employer.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the mission and met so many wonderful clients and volunteers. It felt good to feel like I was making a difference in the lives of others. I met some of the best people I have ever worked with, many of which are still close friends. They had decent benefits, a business casual work attire, and a paid holiday week between Christmas and New Years.

    Cons

    Senior management and leadership do not listen to staff. The culture of the organization has shifted towards a top down corporate like structure which has made it difficult to enjoy working there, especially when one expects a non profit atmosphere. Turnover is extremely high...everyone there either is laid off, fired, or quits because they get tired of the agency drama and financial turmoil. Line staff are overworked and underpaid while leadership is overpaid and disconnected with line staff and middle management. Corruption and poor management and leadership skills are constant problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what the staff tell you needs to be fixed. The solution is not to get rid of complaining staff but instead work with staff to fix agency problems. Help create a place that staff wants to stay at in the long term so the the staff doesn't turn over every year. Address the concerns of outside stakeholders such as clients, volunteers, donors, and event patrons. More education and training for staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place peppered with poor decision making

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Agency had a lot of potential, esp with the advent of ACA to make great gains for clients. Managed to do a lot for clients and the community at large on tight budget constraints. Management, while limited in training, made good strides to make working there vital and rewarding.

    Cons

    Service centers of the organization had too much influence over core, mission driven programs. While every employee was eager to assist clients, very few were ever happy working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with actaul leadership AND management skills to navigate difficult cross-roads for the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Does great work, but terrible to work for

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The programs are very effective at improving public health and making people's lives better. Most coworkers care about the mission and are wonderful people to work and spend time with personally.

    Cons

    Morale is a disaster. Senior management has been corrupt since at least 2007 and gets perpetuated by hiring like-minded people and making terrible financial decisions at the expense of staff and program delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this many people say you are doing badly - listen. Don't let board members recruit each other and stop asking the lowest paid staff to make sacrifies that you won't make yourselves. Treat your people better and restore pay and benefits that have been repeatedly cut.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Working with the staff and clients at Lifelong AIDS Alliance was a very rewarding experience.

    Former Employee - Finance Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Helping clients to create supports that enable them to lead healthy active lives.
    Engaged and passionate staff working daily to help people.
    Family like culture.

    Cons

    Resources are sometimes constrained working at a not for profit.
    Labor union created more challenges and extra work for leadership team that produced as benefits to the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on expanding sources of revenue to ensure Lifelong is vibrant for many years to come.
    Continue to unite the Seattle community with your events and programs.

  7. Very little pay for ever expanding responsibilities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lifelong AIDS Alliance

    Pros

    Christmas week off, all Federal holidays off

    Cons

    Job description does not begin to cover your responsibilities.
    No 30, 90, or 365 day reviews
    No pay advancement
    Hires outside for management instead of internally

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great mission is overshadowed by mistrust and poor morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance

    Pros

    - Strong presence in the community
    - Great volunteer programming
    - Important mission

    Cons

    - Culture of suspicion and lack of trust
    - Ongoing clash between management and the union

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay more attention to current problems, not just long term vision
    - Hold people accounable

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. Lifelong AIDS Alliance: Corrupt Management

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    Former Employee - Direct Client Services in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Direct Client Services in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lifelong AIDS Alliance

    Pros

    A great opportunity to do meaningful work.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional dynamic between management and non-management. Lifelong has become very top heavy, with nearly as many managers as non-management positions. It is not uncommon to find a supervisor managing 1 or 2 people. Often times managers are hired or promotions are made to people who have little management experience or unusually poor managerial skills. Compared to the agency's morale 3-5 years ago, employee satisfaction is at an all time low. Turn over has been rapid during 2008. Nearly 30 out of 100 employees have either moved on or let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased checks and balances for managers.

    Doesn't Recommend

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