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Alzheimer's Society Reviews

Updated April 10, 2019
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Pros
  • "The work we do for people affected by dementia" (in 11 reviews)

  • "you know you are making a difference in changing the landscape of dementia forever" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Overambitious strategy with a focus on numbers rather than outcomes for people affected by dementia" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Lazy line management that went under the radar for too long" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Dementia volunteering"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Uplifting
    Purposeful
    Improving lives

    Cons

    Heavy case loads
    Back log of referrals


  2. "I really valued my time spent working here"

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    Former Employee - Community Fundraiser
    Former Employee - Community Fundraiser
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Ambitious strategy that really focussed on people with dementia
    - Ambitious fundraising teams always striving to bring about change and make a difference
    - lots of activities to get involved in as a Community fundraiser i.e. cupcake day, events, running, legacies
    - fundraising roles are advertised flexibly so this increases opportunities for progression
    - I found CEO very inspiring and really listened to employees on the ground - taking feedback and offering a 2 way conversation

    Cons

    - Managers recruited because their face fits rather than on own merit - its who you know not what you know
    - Senior manager within my team was a bully and had various complaints from staff to HR and others in organisation but nothing actioned quickly enough and they weren't monitored or even observed
    - Quite a jump in targets every year which made some areas of this unachievable and demotivating

    Advice to Management

    - Don't ignore staff concerns - some staff have left due to feeling undervalued and under appreciated within the regional teams
    - a lot is put on regional teams as often they are the only fundraising staff based outside of head office so this can be tricky to manage - if its a 'one team ethos' make sure it works both ways.
    - introduce a proper development plan for staff as some managers are inexperienced in offering development opportunities for staff meaning that opportunities are hindered
    - listen to staff re: targets and don't just pick numbers out of thin air as this is how it often felt only to backtrack later on.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    Great user involvement, good media team, excellent service delivery staff committed to people affected by dementia

    Cons

    Lack of personal development, weak HR support, poor people management, poor change management, hierarchical, cliquey

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, value loyalty and commitment,

    Alzheimer's Society Response

    Mar 29, 2019 – Recruitment Assistant

    Hi,
    Thank you for taking your time and sharing your review with us. Your feedback is very important, if you do want to share some of your concerns or make a complaint please email us on... More


  4. "It's a mixed bag really"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    Lots of passionate genuine people who really care about their role and the organisation.

    Cons

    Not good at managing change and poor internal communication and processes.


  5. "Generally good but don't always value good staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    - Pay is good for charity sector
    - Generally friendly people and good atmosphere
    - Very social

    Cons

    - Can be bureaucratic at times
    - Lots of senior management on very high salaries - interfere with people's work sometimes
    - Hard to develop - quite a few people should be managers and don't

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more, value good staff and offer them proper development opportunities


  6. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and good people policies if you get the right manager

    Cons

    big organisation can feel disconnected


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Culture in Fundraingsing"

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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I made a handful of very good friends. There’s a nice private room in head office where you can go and cry after a terrible day at work.

    Cons

    Toxic culture within the fundraising department and very high turnover of staff. Little deveoplement or promotion opportunities unless you are one of the “chosen ones”. Senior management pay lip service to junior members of the team but complaints are never dealt with by HR. Very irresponsible expenses within Regional Fundraising with is a stark juxtaposition with the massive cut in local services

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your staff as you are loosing very good talent. There needs to be change from the top down and a total refresh of the management team.

    Alzheimer's Society Response

    Mar 15, 2019 – Recruitment Assistant

    Hi,

    Thank you for taking your time and sharing your review with us. Your feedback is very important, if you are a current employee and you do want to share some of your concerns or make a... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hidden discrimination"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    The service users, the good work achieved locally in communities and large scale events

    Cons

    Not a friendly environment
    People treated differently by senior managers
    Discrimination against mothers returning to work

    Advice to Management

    Familiarise yourself with the benefits of staff wellbeing and flexible working. Businesses actually save thousands each year by recognising individual needs and having the ability to be flexible.
    A lot of inflexibility when it comes to staff returning from maternity leave- ie: full time or nothing! It feels uncaring and unprofessional, one particular senior manager has handled multiple situations terribly,sex discrimination is thriving here and gives women no option but to leave.

    Alzheimer's Society Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Recruitment Assistant

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences of working at the Society. We are committed to supporting employees in finding a balance between their work and home life. Our aim is to deal with any... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Size is not everything"

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

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Making a difference at a local level

    Cons

    Autocratic. A culture of blame and fear. You’re ok if your face fits. Arrogance. Lost touch with reality.

    Advice to Management

    Good leadership at a senior level requires active listening and empathy. Walk the walk not just talk the talk. It’s easy to tick boxes. Show some humility, integrity and understanding . A culture of blame, fear and mistrust is not healthy. Ask why we are losing valued employees and volunteers and why our rates of absence relating to stress at work are higher than they have ever been.

    Alzheimer's Society Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Recruitment Assistant

    Hi,

    Thank you for taking your time and sharing your review with us, your feedback is very important. If you are a current employee and you do want to share some of your concerns or make an... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awful culture. Expenses out of control"

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    Former Employee - Regional Fundraiser in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Regional Fundraiser in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some good people - good location

    Cons

    Senior management SO cliquey. Regardless of talent people whose face fits are promoted especially in fundraising. Waste income on out of control expenses. Good people have left because of mismanagement

    Advice to Management

    Take complaints seriously.

    Alzheimer's Society Response

    Mar 15, 2019 – Recruitment Assistant

    Hi,

    Thanks for taking your time and leaving us a review. We really appreciate all feedback. Sorry to feel that you did not have good experience working at the Society. We strongly believe... More