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American Academy of PAs Reviews

Updated January 17, 2019
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  1. "Welcoming"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of PAs part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very welcoming environment, people are nice and work in small teams

    Cons

    I was unable to stay long enough to get an offer


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic, dysfunctional, bullying behavior"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Alexandria, VA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The PAs that they service.

    Cons

    A toxic work environment that rolls down from the top. Senior persons like to shout their credentials with little work of value to show. Departments do not communicate and spend 8 hours a day pointing blame rather than working. It’s pathetic really. This non profit is a disaster.

    Advice to Management

    Manage. Value your teams.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Be Warned - Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Digital in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Digital in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice enough offices, no overtime - workday ends by 4:45/5p. PA themselves (who are NOT the people who work for AAPA in Alexandria) are very nice and deserving of having a better organization work on their behalf.

    Cons

    The organization for PAs is a nightmare and is embarrassingly out of date. The internal politics are unbelievably horrible. The leadership team are the worst, and the CEO is cray-cray. I don't understand how this group as they are can do anything positive for PAs. If you want to work in a place and in a role where you feel rewarded - where you like to think that everyone is focused on the same cause - look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    The general staff who does the heavy lifting are not your servants, who deserve to be ordered around to do only as you ask - particularly since we're not the ones pulling in the big salaries and outlandish bonuses.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "The job depends entirely on your department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, room for growth, visibility to senior leadership

    Cons

    Many departments are cut off from each other, interdepartmental communication is lacking


  5. Helpful (3)

    "The reviews speak for themselves; your experience will likely be the same."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment IF you are lucky to get a boss who supports this benefit. Some of the coworkers are great. PAs in general are wonderful people to support.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is narrow-minded, not supportive of growth, and can be condescending. HIGH turnover. Conflicts of interest of senior management is rarely addressed. If you do risk addressing, be ready for your last day.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the work, effort, and ideas that your subordinates do and bring to you.


  6. "Positive experience"

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

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment. If you know how to advocate for yourself you can succeed here, if not you may find yourself to be a shrinking violet.

    Cons

    High turnover due to a lot of shifting priorities and no clear career paths. Some of the senior leadership can be difficult to work with.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good people. Lots of turn over."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful. Lots of talent in this association.

    Cons

    Depending on your position, you could be the scapegoat. Lots of firings and letting go of people, only to "reshuffle" and replace on the regular.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great staff, iffy management, unfortunately."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people that work here -- very talented staff in respective fields

    Cons

    The turnover rate is ridiculous and it's because of the way organizational management treats staff. Very difficult to grow in the company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Dysfunctional, Disorganized, Distasteful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time

    Pros

    Physician assistants are great, the pay is good, and the staff is supportive.

    Cons

    The CEO is a malignant narcissist, whose actions make for a dysfunctional and disorganized workplace. Therefore, the senior management team makes bad decision after bad decision based on fear, not industry best practices, logic, or the negative affect on staff. Little to no opportunity for advancement. Turnover is a problem. Board of Directors are in denial.

    Advice to Management

    To move beyond being a way station for talented staffers, the org needs to make substantive changes in culture and mindset. Listen to your subject matter experts, employ best practices, and be as ethical as your members expect.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Intense, highly-changeable environment"

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

    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time

    Pros

    PAs are great people. Location in Alexandria is decent.

    Cons

    Highly volatile upper management changes prioritites constantly, staff just try to keep up. One shiney new priority after another is prioritized, people are reassigned, resources re-allotted, then that priority loses its luster. Very much an "us vs them" feel the way upper management treats and works with rank and file staff. Very little information flows down from the 8-10 in charge, they together decide who gets a raise, who gets fired (and A LOT of people get fired), who gets promoted, who gets a bonus. Unbelievably high staff turnover in the past couple of years makes it very difficult to have any continuity or institutional memory.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately any staff with any longevity have long been shown the door or left on their own . This is not good for a membership organization. Decide on a direction and stay the course. And let staff do their job, please stop micro-managing.