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American Diabetes Association Reviews

Updated July 21, 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 (3)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Important mission, dedicated staff members.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in a most unstable environment. Low morale. High turnover. Hard to find people who remain for even just one year after being hired.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent leaders to stabilize the place, if that is even possible.


  2. "Events"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    Great team, flexible, great environment.

    Cons

    Seemed like people typically stay for a year

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Poor non-profit management with regards to fundraising and hiring"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    - Good Benefits
    - Well recognized brand
    - Positive mission

    Cons

    - Layoffs with no notice
    - Very isolated departments that are not always willing to assist core functions
    - abysmal HR department; you must become your own best guide to employee benefits

    Advice to Management

    Please be sure to budget hiring adequately. In 2017, 120 employees were laid off as a result of insufficient fundraising in 2016. Many of those laid off were hired within the last six months and the termination severely derailed their livelihood, as well as cost them other more permanent opportunities they could have pursued instead of with the American Diabetes Association.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    I would say the flexible schedule, but that has been taken away by micromanaging dictatorship management. I unfortunately can't say helping people much, due to all of the politics, red tape, toxic people etc., can't do jobs and help people like we should.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. This is a sinking ship, and that is an understatement.

    I don't know how they will be surviving much longer.

    No money, no leadership, no resources, no direction, no respect. No employee happiness. Not much volunteer, partner, donor, or costumer happiness either.

    No one should ever use the word "leadership" to describe anyone who has upper positions here, only micromanagement, dictatorship, belittling and negativity; the opposite of anything a leader should be. The opposite of motivation.
    No direction. Telling employees to do something and then punishing and questioning why they would do that and blaming missed goals on them. Very unprofessional. Very toxic. Very damaging to mental and emotional states and confidence.

    DO NOT WORK HERE.

    Advice to Management

    Learn respect. Learn you aren't better than everyone. Learn how to get out of people's way and help them succeed rather than hinder. Horrible.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The ADA takes care of its employees. They have great vacation and benefits. Even after the recession they did not cut back on benefits for the employees.

    Cons

    The ADA does not necessarily pay as well as for-profit institutions , but there are great benefits to working there, including a real sense of purpose.

    Advice to Management

    More awareness of each employee's job, skills, and abilities can only help management better manage its team, but management does work hard to achieve this.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission
    Needed
    lots of work

    Diabetes is a disease that is increasing and the population needs more support and education.

    Cons

    Lot of turnover in the executive level, no consistency

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    Working for a great cause

    Cons

    Home office is disconnected from the field

    Advice to Management

    COMMUNICATE!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Total Disaster"

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

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

    Pros

    Better work-life balance compared to my previous employer. Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Leadership jumping ship left and right, disorganized, people in panic-mode, people absorbing 2-3x the work when others leave, zero trust, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bleeding. Set more realistic expectations and reward employees when those are met.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Changes are making current employees scared."

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

    I have been working at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Mostly upbeat employees.

    Cons

    Overworked and understaffed. Too many items to be completed by small staff.


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