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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work, undergoing changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons full-time

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were great. I was lucky to be on a great team of employees who were able to work together and communicate well. Great place to get experience, especially if you are interested in the associations field and/or the health/medical field.

    Cons

    The Academy has recently underwent some changes i.e. consolidating operations. The feeling around the organization at this time is rather uneasy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to ask your subordinates for their thoughts or suggestions.


  2. "Great place - needs to keep modernizing"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall a great organization, good benefits, wonderful and engaged physician members. I had a wonderful experience largely thanks to a great boss, department colleagues and the awesome surgeons.

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic and inefficient at times, often slow to change and adapt to new trends. Many staff are simply too comfortable, they've been there too long, and are just going through the motions and don't seem very invested in helping move the organization forward. Career advancement can be tough unless there is a clear path forward for your role although I think that has improved as they've lost talent through the years. The CEO has changed since I worked there, so they're probably making steps to foster a more flexible and innovative culture. There was also a complete break down of communication between the IL and DC offices, but I also think that has improved a lot thanks to strong leadership in the DC office and new leadership in IL.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible and invest in the talented employees you have rather than getting so hung up on following rigid policies and procedures. As the long - time employees begin to retire, you'll need that to attract top talent.

  3. "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons full-time

    Pros

    Decent medical benefits, alternative work arrangements, travel opportunities, (depending on your position/department), talent recognition programs, tuition reimbursement, Mother's Room

    Cons

    Slow to modernize/change. Lack of clear strategy in certain departments. Toxic leadership drives many talented employees out the door, resulting in brain drain--HR needs to do more.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain transparency. Facilitate better face-to-face communication. Encourage fewer meetings.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff and physician volunteers.

    Cons

    Decision making can take a long time because of the nature of the organization.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced Great people, great work. Overall a good job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good learning experience.

    Cons

    very corporate environment, creatives aren't very embraced. Lots of meetings

    Advice to Management

    Management style needs to be more supportive and knowledgeable of project timelines.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Temp Assignment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons part-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Everyone was kind, caring, and respectful of each other and our work.

    Cons

    Long commute from city to Rosemont.


  7. "Great people!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosemont, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff and members who want to see the organization succeed. Commitment to quantity and quality of work is high.

    Cons

    Flexible scheduling is present, but limited, expansion is needed to compete for talent in the Chicagoland market where work from home and casual environments are the norm.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, nice people.

    Cons

    Very professional setting. Depending on which department you are in it can be very political.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill fast"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Rosemont, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good and the work is interesting. For lower-level employees, you can enjoy time off and no work on the weekends... probably anyhow. It's changed a lot and now unless you're hourly, you need to be attached to your emails. It is a very female-friendly environment with even the CEO being female. (Glassdoor info needs to be updated)

    Cons

    As previously mentioned in other reviews, change is impossible here, which is due to the matrixed environment. The different departments really don't work together. There have been numerous attempts to change this with no success.

    While the CEO is nice, she hasn't pushed her executive team to work together. No change will happen until everyone cooperates.

    Lastly, it's a bit stuffy. The doctors are gods and you better make sure they know it. They're usually very ncie people, but the attitude towards them seems like it's from the 1950's. They also make sure that you look like a peon. You may be a coordinator at AAOS, but anywhere else you would be a manager for the amount of responsibility and work given.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to make the other execs work together and take an ACTIVE role. She's already told them to collaborate and it's not happening. The AAOS will crash and burn within the next decade if major change doesn't happen. Even the happiest employee there would agree to this statement.

    Also, people shouldn't be pushed or expected to work after hours. It isn't good for morale and is really good for burnout. Look it up - it's better to stay off emails during time off.


  10. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons full-time

    Pros

    A Nice big building by the airport and by the CTA

    Cons

    The Culture is stubborn and will never change. I think it will always be behind the rest of non-profit just due to that face people don't want to change and noone will actually push for the change that is needed.


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