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American Academy of Sleep Medicine Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Great For Work-Life Balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymou in Darien, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymou in Darien, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at American Academy of Sleep Medicine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I see a lot of complaints about the ED in here. I believe you can work here if you are thick skinned. If anything, it is kind of humorous. Never take anything that happens at work to heart. That's what I learned from working here. It seems as if everyone does come here for only a paycheck, but isn't that what most people do anyway? On your death bed, are your achievements at work truly going to define you? No. Overall, this is a great place to work for. Everyone keeps to themselves and helps each other out when needed. It is the perfect place for someone who is very mellow, looking for good experience and just starting out in the career world.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Only come here for experience and skill building. Benefits aren't fantastic, either.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    American Academy of Sleep Medicine Response

    May 31, 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    Thanks for your feedback and your review. We’re happy that you felt that you had a positive experience with the AASM and that it is a great place to work. We’ve been working hard to create a better ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Communications"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Darien, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Darien, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Academy of Sleep Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and working environment. Very friendly and easy to get along with staff. Competitive salary.

    Cons

    Not a lot of flexibility in terms of work hours.


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Hostile Environment, Dysfunctional Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Academy of Sleep Medicine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Room for growth due to high staff turnover rates.

    Cons

    Top down organization with executive leadership who abuses power through manipulation, intimidation, and generally inappropriate or abusive behavior towards staff. Lots of retrograde views and "right of the kaiser" Fox News type politics loudly shared in office by ED, staff expected to be in lock-step with ED's lifestyle and beliefs. Gay and minority staff openly discriminated against by ED.

    Staff is mostly underpaid and/or kept at part-time to avoid paying benefits. Absurdly large pay and bonuses go to Executive Leadership. Many staff members are expected to work extra 20-40 hours per week without compensation. Few staff have opportunity to take vacations because of stingy PTO plan and rigid, unforgiving enforcement of office hours. All activities within office are closely monitored and often disciplined by HR, including minutiae such as individual toilet paper use.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you would like to be treated.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Old Non-profit Needs to Grow Up"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Front line staff are wonderful

    Cons

    An organizational that’s been doing great work for a long time needs to grow up. Very dysfunctional at the top. Horrible pay for front line workers. Absurdly big paychecks for its executive staff. Staff kept at part-time to avoid paying them benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a new board of directors


  5. Helpful (3)

    "ABSM Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Darien, IL
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Darien, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The skills that I gained as a Project Coordinator added value to my work history. Generally speaking, the work atmosphere was pleasant. The HR department implemented activities and events that boosted morale.

    Cons

    The company is a good "stepping stone"; to learn or brush up on skills however, it doesn't provide room for growth. Additionally, management lacks in adequate training and in forming adequate partnerships with employees to for career goals.

    Advice to Management

    Provide equal opportunities for all employees.


  6. "A forward-thinking organization who cares about its members and employees."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Darien, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Darien, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stays ahead of the game in the industry. Encourages new ideas and staff development. Paid benefits (who does these days) great retirement plan, time off plan, company holidays and fun events. New, modern building and nice location for suburbanites in the area. Friendly environment - many people are friends outside of work. Vast majority really care about their work. Bottom line - if you work hard, you will be recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    The commute not so good for North siders or city dwellers. With the open layout, it can get a little noisy. There were a few "negative nellies" who brought the morale down; most are gone. Yes, some cliques exist, but doesn't every organization have them in some way? The few around don't shape the organization and if you choose to not get involved in any unnecessary drama, you'll be just fine.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring positive, skilled people. Continue providing challenges to existing staff and reward top performers well; innovative ideas will continue.


  7. "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Small office setting, causal office attire, great benefits, 401K and medical.

    Cons

    Salary scale is unbalanced for each coordinator position.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    New building, great parking and easy to move up do to high turnover.

    Cons

    Stressful work environment created by inexperienced management. The company is behind in many areas because management is not open to new or innovative ideas. Company believes they are tech savvy but still playing catch up. Employees with any skill or experience leave within a year. If you are standing next to the person who just quit, the promotion is yours.

    Employees are watched at all times and treated like children. Lack of trust causes most employees to be very negative and cliquey. Horrible communication between department. No need to be responsible or talented. Just be there on time and where you're suppose to be.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "If only the Board really knew..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The members are very nice to work with. The organization does have decent benefits, easy parking, a newer building, and relatively decent opportunity for growth if you are in the 'in crowd'.

    Cons

    The pay is not within industry standards for a number of positions. However, there is not a specific pay scale so managers could easily make less than some of their employees. Even human resources is not allowed to know what employees of the organization make. In most cases, the strategy is to pay as little as someone will accept.

    It is not uncommon to hear leaders make inappropriate comments about a number of protected classes openly in the office. There is little to no diversity in the office, and that is not an accident. The executive director promotes gossip and talks about everyone behind their back. Anyone that does not participate is ignored or made fun of. Being uncomfortable with anything is not an option.

    Promotions have little to do with talent and much more to do with who is 'in' at the moment. The executive director and those that are at the top tend to be secretive and do not take advantage of the ideas and talents of those in middle management. Micromanagement is rampant in the organization and every decision is based upon money, not what is right for the field of Sleep Medicine.

    Staff turnover is very high because of low pay and the expectation of more than 40 hours per week. Some departments are so overworked they can't keep people more than a year. Overloading those that are good employees is not a winning strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Do right by your employees on more than just benefits. Standardize pay and require particular experience instead of promoting those that are popular at the time. Diversify more than just your assets.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Needs a lot of improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Academy of Sleep Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Consistent work hours, reasonable salary, relaxed office dress code.

    Cons

    The office culture is incredibly toxic. Senior management doesn't make any efforts to make the office collaborative or encouraging — in fact, I would go as far as to say that if you try to collaborate with other departments you will almost certainly be reprimanded for it. The ED manages through intimidation, and most in middle management have been conditioned to treat employees similarly.

    The ED is an HR nightmare. He will constantly strut through the office shouting slurs about people of color, homosexuals and women. This attitude causes a lot of strain in the overall work environment. Due to the cliques upheld within the organization, reporting inappropriate behavior or mistreatment is at worst, discouraged (with the employee who complained being penalized) and at best, ignored.

    They nit-pick and attempt to dock your pay with policies that don't exist in the employee handbook. In general, big brother is always going to be watching you, right down to the amount of bathroom breaks you take.

    This is a nonprofit that doesn't believe in change. Everyone is there to pick up a paycheck and go home. Innovation is strangled by the way workflows are organized (as in they aren't, no one really knows who to go to for assistance because no one attempts to collaborate with one another.)

    This company is headed in the wrong direction, and without a serious overhaul in how the organization is managed and how the employees are treated, they will continue to have over half their staff leave within a year of being employed there.


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