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  1. Helpful (6)

    "The definition of insanity..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The profession is growing by leaps and bounds, so the Academy has a chance to stay relevant even if nothing improves.

    Cons

    The definition of insanity is repeating the same process and expecting different results. The academy leadership continues to change priorities on whims, question expertise of staff, ignore staff complaints, limit advancement within the organization, and are then frustrated with mediocre results and growth, and unhappy staff. Staff, in turn, continue to voice concerns with poor management through an annual climate survey,...

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    Advice to Management

    The CEO, department heads and leaders need to get out of the weeds. It's okay if you're not an expert on absolutely everything going on in the academy, because that's why you hired talented staff. Focus on managing them to achieve goals.

    American Academy of PAs2015-02-26
  2. Helpful (4)

    "No work life balance. All work. No time for life."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Academy of PAs

    Pros

    Lower level staff are friendly, hard working and genuinely concerned about supporting a great profession and each other.

    Cons

    Demoralizing atmosphere where quality work is never enough. Do more=get more expected of you to the point of dysfunction. No leadership to prioritize staff and time allocation. Outdated or absent technology to meet impossible demands. Abrasive and unprofessional senior leaders with internal political and personal agendas.

    Advice to Management

    I have learned to be too efficient to waste my time offering help to those who remain indignant to the talent available to them.

    American Academy of PAs2015-02-25
  3. Helpful (12)

    "My only hope is that the members and leaders of this organization read this page"

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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 for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Profession is still small enough that you really get to know the people you work for and for the most part they are a great profession to work for. Leave time is very generous if you ever have a chance to take it. Benefits are lukewarm--vision and dental not great and health plan is increasingly not competitive. Most of the staff that you will encounter are some of the best people you could ever work for. There is...

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    Cons

    Upper management are cruel. That's the best way I can put it. They do not listen, as is evidenced by reactions from them when the annual "climate survey" is done. Reactions such as "I'm not changing" when confronted with very specific accounts of upper management on staff abuse. I've never seen so many grown women cry at their desks. People are physically burned out from their jobs because there is a nonstop, relentless...

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    Advice to Management

    Any advice here would be a waste of my time. They won't listen.

    American Academy of PAs2014-12-31
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Machiavellian Intelligence and "Do as I say - Not as I do" Leadership Principles = Predictable Staff Satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    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 infectious staff commitment and love for Physician Assistants is something that will strike you the second you arrive. I have never worked for or with a more passionate group of professionals. I am constantly amazed at the lengths that they are willing to go service members often forced to overcome inadequate systems, organizational inefficiency, poor decision making, and no leadership accountability. Those fortunate...

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    Cons

    Aggressive unapologetic leadership who's natural propensity to agitation and anger creates countless situations where staff are forced to endure abuse in exchange for continued employment in an organization where advancement ultimately means departure (unless of course you worked with a senior leader in the past).

    American Academy of PAs2015-01-30
  5. Helpful (12)

    "Slowly back away - turn - then RUN! (Seriously - Sprint)"

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

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

    Pros

    + + Working for one of the best professions in Healthcare - Our Members make working here almost bearable. + Pay is not bad and benefits are fair. + Lives like an episode of the office - you will laugh (and maybe even cry) often.

    Cons

    + ZERO SENIOR LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY + Org is led (and all critical decisions) are made by consultants NOT staff. + Budget crisis after crisis instills no confidence in Senior Leader planning capabilities. + Unreal turnover - cant print org charts fast enough to keep them up to date + Little to no career advancement opportunities and a toxic work environment make this a revolving door of great talent that takes...

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    Advice to Management

    Time for a new calling?

    American Academy of PAs2014-11-24
  6. "I really enjoyed working for AAPA"

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    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good, salary was surprisingly good, if you get to work the conferences, that is a great experience, too!

    Cons

    Upward mobility seemed like a bit of a challenge. Otherwise, it was great.

    American Academy of PAs2014-10-27
  7. Helpful (3)

    "I worked at the American Academy of Physician Assistants for about three years."

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    Former Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    There are some really good people who work at AAPA. My direct supervisor and closest colleagues are amazing people. Health care is a dynamic field and PAs are generally very good people and I learned a lot about the profession. Compensation is reasonable. The health insurance, vacation time, 401K and metro benefits are all positives. I believe that health care trade association experience always helps a resume, too....

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    Cons

    Most of these comments relate to top management. The decision-making process(es) were an enigma and seemed to be designed to shield top decision-makers from accountability. Priorities shifted frequently with little or no warning. The hiring of friends happened, but seems to have subsided. Turnover is an issue, too. You only have so much room to grow. Other issues of note: mediocre morale and perpetual uncertainly...

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    Advice to Management

    There is an annual staff survey. Staff comments are provided anonymously and with great candor, but it doesn't seem to change anything.

    American Academy of PAs2014-09-24
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Physician Assistants are fantastic to work with and for"

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

    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Very nice staff to work with, those that understand that the PAs are important and not AAPA. Understand the PAs are who we work for to get their needs taken care of. Staff that understands that are those to succeed.

    Cons

    Too TOP HEAVY, lots of CHIEFS not enough Indians. Too many VP, Senior staff that don;t understand the importance of helping members, they only understand getting members in to pay dues and get NOTHING in return. Senior staff needs to understand the importance of the little things in life that make the members happy what makes AAPA happy nor what makes junior staff HAPPY.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your members and mostly your junior staff that does all the frunt work and don't get acknowledgement for what they do.

    American Academy of PAs2014-09-10
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Constant challenges turn into constant stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time

    Pros

    The people are smart, friendly and passionate about PAs.

    Cons

    AAPA is in a turnaround situation that puts a lot of pressure on the revenue streams. They motivate staff with fear, stretch goals and a very poor performance review/promotion process.

    Advice to Management

    Create a standardized orientation and supervisory training program so all departments operate under the same expectations. Also, make the tough decisions about where staff time should be allocated instead of trying to make all things possible. Lastly, do something about the high turnover rate!

    American Academy of PAs2014-04-18
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Chaotic, mismanaged, misdirected health care membership associataion"

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

    I worked at American Academy of PAs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location, good benefits package. Great time to be working on behalf of this profession with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act

    Cons

    A chronic culture of jumping from one thing to the next, no attention to the hard-working staff, than with the health of the association. 12 position eliminations in 6 months, no direction, poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Core competencies--membership, conference, and professional development, and don't let personalities rule your structural decision-making

    American Academy of PAs2014-05-07
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