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American Diabetes Association Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Kevin L. Hagan
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Pros
  • good work/life balance most of the time (in 20 reviews)

  • Great cause, a lots of volunteer experience (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Little regard to work-life balance and overall support of colleagues/staff (in 9 reviews)

  • Employees work very hard and kept busy, which is not unusual in non-profit world (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director - Events"

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

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment, Very nice people

    Cons

    Remote management has no idea how to run events. Runs/Walk are fine anything else was not done well. Signature Event at FedEx was a disaster. ALOT of turnover. Many people up and quit.

    Advice to Management

    Use the skill and knowledge of the people you hire. Don't try to make them conform to everything. The process was broken, that was why you made the effort to fix it. let it be fixed


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Director of Programs"

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

    I worked at American Diabetes Association (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clients and their care (if allowed), community out-reach programs (if follow-through is allowed), the organizations that wanted to give/donate to make the patients care better

    Cons

    Inconsiderate, unapproachable, unfriendly, thoughtless.....did NOT care for clients and patients, cared only for bottom dollar

    Advice to Management

    Grow a conscience

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good place to work, but going through major changes"

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    Former Employee - Manager, ECampaigns in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Manager, ECampaigns in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had a great team, boss, and supervisor. Work/life balance was ideal and the working environment was casual and friendly. Had some opportunities to travel by volunteering to help out at the major conference, SciSessions. Really loved everyone I worked with and made some great friends.

    Cons

    There were no professional development opportunities, mainly due to budget reasons.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Development Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Development Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I received great experience for my first job out of college. A lot of responsibilities for 2 big special events that combined raised over $1 million. Only reason I left was I was recruited to a local hospital for much higher pay. Managers were really supportive.

    Cons

    Not a lot of formal professional development or a lot of administrative support for my work.Pay was slightly below average compared to similar organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on providing hope for a cure. Give young employees more of a career path.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Trying to recover"

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

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Unsettled culture, still trying to find our way

    Advice to Management

    Good call on removing most of the Executive Leadership Team. Please look at the remaining inexperienced leaders, we're still suffering under their leadership.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Depends on your department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some departments are great to work for, others not so much.
    Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Very fragile environment, employees never know what's happening next in terms of financial struggles, layoffs, etc.

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent. be more consistent. be good, thoughtful employers!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, excellent mission

    Cons

    Disorganized field staff, negative office culture

    Advice to Management

    Continue to pursue a drastic culture change

  8. "Lots of Changes, But Good Ones Going On"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Every time there's a change at the organization, I felt like the leadership team took time to carefully explain why, listen to our concerns and help us feel comfortable with the new direction. Kevin Hagan is the best thing that happened to ADA in a long time. Such an energetic leader with innovative ideas.

    Cons

    We are all asked to work hard-- sometimes this is harder than we would like (or have in the past). Nights and weekends are required part of this organization's culture.

    Advice to Management

    You're on the right course! Thank you for listening to us, guiding us and moving us to such a great new location in Arlington. I feel we're becoming more of a family every day in our shared work space. I love how the silos that used to keep departments from talking to one another are being broken down as we all work together.


  9. "Work in progress"

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and leadership is really trying to turn things around after 10 years of decline. They just introduced a new business plan which is truly transformational and a lot of us believe is finally the change we need. It just needs a little time to make happen. Hopefully that time will be given for us to be successful.

    Cons

    There's been a lot of change and some has been painful but necessary change. Big problem has been that two former executives, Shereen Arent and Bob Ratner have been trying to actively undermine our CEO by gathering volunteers to try to get him fired. They were even sharing this with staff. I personally heard it. Fortunately, they are both gone now so maybe we can move forward instead of holding onto the past practices that almost bankrupted us.

    Advice to Management

    Give changes new time to gel. This change in strategy seems quite visionary.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Great Teams, Bad Upper Management"

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

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most employees feel positively about their own divisions and like their jobs. The mission of the organization is important, and many employees have been personally touched by diabetes. Volunteers are also fabulous. Pretty good vacation policy, even for new employees (kind of depends on your division though, because it doesn't roll over and some managers won't let everyone be out in December).

    Cons

    The corporate culture is horrendous. There is little to no trust of upper management. The current CEO, Kevin Hagan, promised a culture of transparency when he started, but it hasn't happened. No raises, bonuses, COL increases, tuition reimbursement. Expensive health care. Uncertainty about the future of the organization and your own employment status. Already experiencing severe brain drain.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency! The board should also fire the CEO. He brought in a number of people from his past employer, has presided over multiple "restructurings" and rounds of massive layoffs.


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