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Jennifer L. Dorn
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great staff, iffy management, unfortunately."

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    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.

    American Academy of PAs2017-04-24
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Intense, highly-changeable environment"

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    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...

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    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.

    American Academy of PAs2017-05-06
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Hostile work environment and weak leadership"

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

    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than 2 years

    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...

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    Advice to Management

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

    American Academy of PAs2016-09-08
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Utter Incompetence, Weak Leadership, Favoritism"

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

    I worked at American Academy of PAs

    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.

    American Academy of PAs2016-04-26
  5. Helpful (7)

    "NOT a healthy work environment"

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

    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than 4 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...

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    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.

    American Academy of PAs2016-04-30
  6. "Excellent, collaborative work environment"

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    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 for more 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.

    American Academy of PAs2015-12-21
  7. "Love it here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Opportunities for success, transparency, accountability. Friendly staff and members.

    Cons

    Growing pains mean that some people aren't a great fit for a more fast paced environment. I think it's all about perspective. The issues I've seen are normal nonprofit issues.

    Advice to Management

    I honestly haven't seen much of what the others are talking about. Lots of change but for the better.

    American Academy of PAs2015-11-04
  8. "not the worst non-profit IT job in the DC area, but not the best either"

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

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    the non-executive staff is great worthy cause

    Cons

    executive staff churn impulsive decision making at the top reliance on consultants at expense of staff outdated database at assn's core bogs all business/marketing development down not livable income for a family for the area

    Advice to Management

    have a direction, trust in your direction, get buy in, and STICK WITH IT, to the end.

    American Academy of PAs2015-07-07
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Management"

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

    I worked at American Academy of PAs for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Benefits were great but a little costly in your pay

    Cons

    Most of the Senior Management need to step back and look around and Thank those that do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the beginning and hire staff that really care aout the future of your employees and their future and not just the future of AAPA

    American Academy of PAs2015-04-21
  10. Helpful (4)

    "turn around disruption contributes to a dysfunctional and misalignment of priorities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs

    Pros

    Physician Assistants are AWESOME. Have never had the privilege of working for such a passionate and optimistic profession The healthcare industry is going through some radical changes....and we have the opportunity to be a part of this history.

    Cons

    CEO is strange. Disruptive in a non-productive way. However, definitely better than the previous administration.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what you were hired to do....strategy, staff development and empowerment, problem resolution, and growth. Empower and trust you direct reports. Otherwise, fire them.

    American Academy of PAs2015-02-06
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