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American Academy of PAs Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  1. "Positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
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    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.


  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.

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hostile workplace"

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

    Pros

    Lots of cute animals to pet.

    Cons

    This place was hostile and promises benefits that it can't deliver.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Hostile work environment and weak leadership"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    The profession is growing. Most physician assistants are nice, open-minded people who truly want to make a difference in the world. Some AAPA staff are very nice and work very hard. Quality of life and work/life balances can be good if you have the right manager.

    Cons

    Highly erratic and insecure CEO means priorities change at the drop of a hat. The staff turnover is unreal, about 1-2 employees leave monthly because they are either fired for reasons only clear at the leadership level, or they just quit - the environment is that awful. People routinely put down others' ideas and this office is full of bullying behavior. Fear is used as a key motivator, making this environment extremely toxic and hostile. Favoritism and sexism are very common. Very little real diversity. Not a healthy workplace, avoid!

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn to give constructive feedback and hire managers who are able to actually manage people and teams.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Utter Incompetence, Weak Leadership, Favoritism"

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

    Pros

    The members of AAPA are fantastic - kind, caring, understanding, patient and want to contribute to the world and to the organization in a meaningful way.

    Cons

    The CEO often exhibits erratic behavior, is highly critical and aggressive. The CEO clearly plays favorites and often the favoritism is based on who is liked the best and not on who has the best ideas. Highly political environment, deep silos with tremendous turf protection that makes it impossible to be a successful member of a team. I cannot recommend anyone to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Some solid reflecting on your own short-comings as effective leaders is necessary. The culture of mistrust, silos and chaos begins at the top. Stop blaming the staff for your own inadequacies.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "NOT a healthy work 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PAs are a wonderful group to work for. Great mission and to a person they appreciate what AAPA staff do for them on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The CEO is unpredictable and confrontational. She doesn't exhibit a whole lot of understanding of the PA profession or of what staff do on a daily basis. She relies on a cadre of highly-paid consultants who have an incredble amount of say in the day-to-day functioning of the Academy. They make decisions that range from incredibly important to incredibly miniscule. The consultants run the show - the CEO doesn't hold a meeting or make a decision without their involvement, even in personnel decisions - and most staff haven't even been personally introduced to said consultants. Incredibly high staff turnover; literally dozens and dozens of staff have been fired or quit in the past five years.

    Advice to Management

    Let the highly-qualified staff do their jobs. Stop firing people. Allocate budget resources to overworked and underfunded departments. Most people want to do good work and actually DO good work. Let the consultants go and devote the money to actual projects and badly needed staff resources.


  10. "Excellent, collaborative work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you want to impact change. It is easy to see the effects of your work quickly, and junior employees are often brought in on high level meetings for collaboration and to offer feedback and expertise.

    There have been major changes in the last several years to make this a very healthy work environment.

    Cons

    So far, I have not seen major issues outside of minor beauracratic issues. None of this has majorly stalled any of my work progress.

    Advice to Management

    Consider employee expertise that is outside of your own background with an open-mind.


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