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American Bar Association Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and support for personal lives (in 14 reviews)

  • Great volunteers, flexible work schedules, good benefits (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Many employees have been there for more than 20 years or longer so there is no room for growth unless you change departments (sections/divisions) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, autonomy, reputation, opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Pay and diversity are the only cons here


  2. "Solid professional association experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time

    Pros

    ABA is involved in lots of important work to defend liberty and preserve justice

    Cons

    It is going through transition right now like many professional associations who are struggling to determine their relevancy.


  3. "Staff Counsel"

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    Current Employee - Staff Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at American Bar Association full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great volunteers, flexible work schedules, good benefits

    Cons

    telecommuting not allowed for managers, budgeting is like the Hunger Games, raises are across the board, so excellent work is not valued, no clear career path

    Advice to Management

    decide whether the Association serves large firms or solo practitioners, things that lawyers ought to do won't make money, so decide to fund those things or decide to let some other association do it and stop funding those entities - cutting the budgets a little at a time is just demoralizing


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  5. "NA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Long-standing employer, large size non-profit

    Cons

    hard to promote middle management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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

    I have been working at American Bar Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice location, good benefits.

    Cons

    Too much turnover and lack of real leadership.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The Worst Job I Ever Had"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Bar Association (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can dress comfortably and there is free coffee.

    Cons

    Every time I ask my supervisor a question he uses it against me for not already knowing the answer. I have never worked in an office where my own supervisor cannot be bothered with questions. He would rather I do things incorrectly than have me bother him for advice. People are openly mean to each other here and do not work well together, but when I ask a question I am the one in trouble. He has never once told me "good job", and is constantly inappropriately talking to me about other employees. I have never been so unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Pretend to care about supervisor behavior. What does HR do around here anyway?


  8. "Its good"

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Harlingen, TX
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Harlingen, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is nice Well organized

    Cons

    No cons all seems good

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management all good


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid if possible"

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

    Pros

    They have good insurance benefits

    Cons

    Management is terrible, but it can depend on which group you land in. Salaries are low; morale is lower. HR is terrible to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Get your salaries up to par with other non-profit associations (ADA, AMA, etc)


  10. "Yep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything, it's just a great place

    Cons

    Not sure, can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  11. Helpful (1)

    "strategic marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Bar Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Offer lots of training, but honestly they need to because they tend to over-complicate things.

    Cons

    Worry about the little things that don't impact members and are not worth anyone's time. Can't explain what value they offer above and beyond other associations that cost a great deal less.

    Advice to Management

    Answer the question, why should I join the ABA instead of my local bar.



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