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American Diabetes Association Reviews

Updated October 6, 2017
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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 (5)

    "Wouldn't recommend this organization...."

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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

    Pros

    Working towards the mission to help those with the disease.

    Cons

    The mission is usually lost in the midst of the pursuit of money. Lack of leadership. Recent restructures left many staff feeling undervalued and replaceable.


  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 (12)

    "Dishonest leadership makes for toxic work environments"

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

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    Staff is passionate and resilient, despite many changes they've had to go through in a short period of time
    Mission is honorable
    Name still carries weight and recognition

    Cons

    Horrible leadership, incompetent, lacks strategy, little to no integrity, no transparency and horrendous communication!
    This organization is being sunk by its development staff and leadership: the only thing that matters to them is money and how they can get more; unfortunately they are ineffective, unfocused on the mission, dishonest and calculating, and led by a bunch of uppity, incompetent people who lie through their teeth about their accomplishments or lack thereof yet seem to get away with not producing a damn thing. Accountability is sorely absent. The People who actually know what they're talking about and can bring about changes are not empowered to do so, the place is top heavy with mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Where is this place's Board of Directors and what in the world are they doing?!? How can they not see this mess and why does this executive leadership keep getting away with it?!? Who is protecting the Development Leadership because the majority of this mess came from their inability to PRODUCE results yet the hardworking staff is still subjected to their presence, poor judgement, incompetence and sneakiness. Wake up, it is your responsibility as a governing body TO FIX THIS.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Unprofessional and Antiquated"

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

    I worked at American Diabetes Association full-time

    Pros

    The output from the science and medicine department.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor systems, poor communication


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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


  6. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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 (12)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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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