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American Bar Association Reviews

Updated Sep 13, 2019

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Pros
  • "The ABA does the the best interest in the community it serves and deeply believes in the well-being of their mission(in 21 reviews)

  • "PTO and flexible work/life balance is great here(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Bureaucratic processes of the larger ABA(in 26 reviews)

  • "Non-profit/association salary with a corporate feel(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Every organization has faults"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bar Association full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mission driven Kind coworkers Work life balance is possible

    Cons

    A few bad apples in management

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of managers who aren’t qualified

    American Bar Association2019-05-01
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great coworkers but poor environment"

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    Former Employee - Meeting Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Coworkers tend to be highly experienced. Work life balance is pretty high.

    Cons

    Low pay. Years of declining membership have led to frequent staff cuts and uncertainty about the future. Promotional potential is low as most senior employees plan to stay put.

    American Bar Association2019-09-13
  3. "Learned a lot, but slow environment"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are motivated, there is a lot to learn by reading.

    Cons

    Slow environment, arcane, no upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the office culture by being true to the mission. Invest in your employees, a majority will be loyal and give back.

    American Bar Association2019-08-12
  4. "ROLI SPO"

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    Current Employee - SPO ROLI in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Bar Association full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You can learn a lot at ROLI because they are constantly reinventing the wheel.

    Cons

    The admin finance and contracts teams can be hard to work with.

    American Bar Association2019-05-12
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Not Great - Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supporting critical programs that support Diversity and Inclusion in the legal field, working with lawyers who want to contribute positively to the legal profession.

    Cons

    Low pay, technology extremely outdated, "work from home" policy wielded politically by Section Directors. If you are non-exempt, expect to be chained to your desk. No opportunities for professional growth or networking in the company unless you want to make a lateral move every year. Lots of anger among employees who have stayed too long and are unable to find new employment opportunities, which perpetuates a... culture of distrust and isolation. Not uncommon to see assistants crying in the bathroom. The Chicago office is not a happy place.

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    Advice to Management

    This company is in desperate need of culture building that isn't "mandatory fun." The creation of a Young Professionals Group or Diversity Business Council would be beneficial. Focus on skill building and ensuring your staff has basic Microsoft Office and Adobe skills at a minimum. Compensate based on performance and output, not just years of service and for showing up on time. Advocate for your staff that are in... member facing roles and don't throw them under the bus.

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    American Bar Association2019-03-28
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Management Needs Help"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Bar Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Healthcare Benefits Lots of time off available. 1 Day of Telecommuting

    Cons

    Management is not qualified to lead. Some Directors and Associate Directors are running their Sections into the ground. Mgmt creates tension among employees because they are unable to effectively lead. It is a very stressful environment to work in. You will have to do heaps of work outside of your actual job duties.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to who gets hired into leadership roles. Just because someone has worked at the ABA for a long time doesn't mean they are capable of being a leader and supervising staff. Be more strategic in your decisions. Provide training to managers. During performance reviews of mgmt, ask subordinate staff for their feedback on management.

    American Bar Association2019-03-25
  7. "a great place to learn as a meeting planner"

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    Current Employee - Senior Meeting Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bar Association full-time

    Pros

    Large number of meetings to work on and learn from, large number of Meeting planners to collaborate with, the ABA is a reputable organization in the meetings & travel industry so it looks good on a resume, work-life balance, benefits, good travel opportunities

    Cons

    Pay isn’t great, technology is outdated, sometimes one person has to wear many hats

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on employee morale

    American Bar Association2019-03-09
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Needs work"

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

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Depending on department, you will get cross functional exposure When I left, they instituted a 1 day per week work from home policy Low pressure environment Semi-Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Lower than market value pay Certain managers can be micro-managers Behind the times in terms of technology and tools Very slow work environment

    Advice to Management

    Stay up to date on industry standards. Offer more training to all employees.

    American Bar Association2019-03-01
  9. "Interesting work environment, but bureaucratic structure can be tough to navigate at times."

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at American Bar Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff and great benefits package. Can't ask for a better location to work downtown in DC.

    Cons

    ABA's leadership/complex bureaucracy creates challenges for employees and the members that the organization serves.

    American Bar Association2019-02-27
  10. "Excellent Organization Overall"

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    Former Employee - Law Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unlimited Resources, invaluable contacts and mentoring

    Cons

    Limited income, substantial commitment, undefined program parameters

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to pay fellows a living wage.

    American Bar Association2019-02-24
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