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Updated August 11, 2017
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APA Interim Chief Executive Officer Cynthia D. Belar, PhD, ABPP
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  • extremely low pay esp for Washington DC, few chances for upward mobility, inadequate prof development training (in 6 reviews)

  • Low Salary, no upward mobility, seems like a dead end job if you're not on the executive track (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APA full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Lip service about progressive values but actions speak louder than words.


  2. "Good Intentions, Limited Means"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at APA full-time

    Pros

    They make a deliberate effort to promote employee wellness. The anonymous feedback system on the intranet is valuable for raising sensitive concerns.

    Cons

    Nobody's concerns are discarded entirely, but there is very visible preference given to those with friends in upper management. Chronic budgetary issues requiring staff and benefit reductions undermined efforts at promoting employee wellness.

  3. "Sad decline"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at APA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    So many nice, friendly people. Good location across from Metro station. Flex schedules, wellness programs, onsite gym, awesome PTO benefit. Kaiser is conveniently nearby,

    Cons

    Big shakeup in past few years, lots of organizational changes. Does not feel like a nonprofit anymore. Management pushing revenue and being a great business. Mission not valued anymore. Cuts to mission driven programs, budget and staff. Growth only in ITS. Why so many ITS staff necessary is unclear. APA is slow with lots of bureaucracy. Takes years to get some things done.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to mission. Provide supervisors with good training. Many do not know how to supervise and manage staff. Review departments and programs to make sure they get staff and budget resources.


  4. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great environment to work
    - Healthy hours
    - Opportunity to work from home
    - Perks to earn cash (contests)
    - Open-minded colleagues

    Cons

    - Yearly evaluations to increase pay
    - Gossips among "old" staff
    - Hierarchical system among management staff

    Advice to Management

    Have anonymous report system.
    Evaluate "old" staff since they give all the work to interns and associates.


  5. "Kind, but Slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time

    Pros

    Employee recognition, small events with food, friendly people.

    Cons

    Slow movement, seniority matters, it's a bit like the government in that timing and connections means a lot.


  6. "not good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at APA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One, location by the train station so easy commute.

    Cons

    No upward mobility. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Let staff do their jobs and treat people with respect.


  7. "Internship experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at APA part-time

    Pros

    Informative, people were friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Office environment is drab

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Publishing Applications delivery manager"

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    Current Employee - Applications Delivery Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Applications Delivery Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mental health benefits, cutting edge web development technology implementations, work life balance, telecommuting option, not for profit model, decent pay scales for skilled workers

    Cons

    No growth, work overload, poor to no management within ITS, lack of soft or management skills, no quality control, no close involvement in operational IT

    Advice to Management

    Introduce Transparency in organization, old school management style, invest in right IT talent, train staff, set career growth tracks for well performing staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "10 year employee suddenly feeling insecure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great perks like lunchtime yoga and telework

    Cons

    Big changes in upper management, layoffs of long time staff, some due to outsourcing

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your long time, loyal employees who have served the organization well and wish to continue to do so.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Old school, Various Departmental flavors and no consistency but it maybe in the process to change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at APA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In some aspect, it is quicker to make decision and adopt new technology for efficiency that are owned by newer leaders came from more progressive background. Case by case Flexibility but you have to proof yourselves before enjoy some flexibility .. and this not across board either

    Cons

    My assumption that APA is full of exemplary leaders with high emotional intelligence is totally wrong. They are all over the map. Managers are mostly from old school and not properly trained to manage people. Leaders and managers I know do not know how to inspire and motivate their team. All these negativities maybe due to my high expectation of APA leaders to walk the talk and it is just very disappointing. On the other hand, APA thinks that psychology and psychologist are superior than the rest of the world. Very high turn over in some department and might be due to lower salary and lack of leadership inspiration. Hopeful that these might change as APA is financially is just OK and it may not grow well without changing things

    Advice to Management

    APA's mission and leaders and
    Managers conduct should be in synced and we are just like the rest of the world. Human can only improve by being truthful and sincere in what they say and do. Use psychology in house first not just selling the products to others


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