American Lung Association Reviews

Updated Sep 14, 2020

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3.1
55%
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65%
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American Lung Association President & CEO Harold Wimmer  (no image)
Harold Wimmer
38 Ratings
Pros
  • "You meet great people who are survivors and the mission is an admirable one(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance - 35 hour work week(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "I know that this is a non-profit but it is still no reason for you to be treated as though you do not deserve a livable wage(in 4 reviews)

  • "is a perfect example of a large nonprofit that talks/advertises a lot about health and social justice, but treats there(in 4 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19

    "They care"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Lung Association full-time

    Pros

    The staff and executives care about you and your role.

    Cons

    Minimal room for growth due to COVID.

  2. "Welcoming environment"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Promotion Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work/life balance, flexible, welcoming, good management, good benefits

    Cons

    Small office, non-profit, possible limited advancement,


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Solid organization with both long time employees and turnover"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Development Associate in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Lung Association part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Spacious office, flexibility, corporate structure, well-established fundraising channels

    Cons

    Staff turn over, local management didn't cultivate professional development

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Administration and Culture"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok pay and a lot of open positions due to high turnover

    Cons

    Working here was literally traumatic. National management literally mismanaged grant funds and then left local employees to deal with the state. This org. is a perfect example of a large nonprofit that talks/advertises a lot about health and social justice, but treats there employees poorly. Avoid this place at all costs. I would ned to write a novella to explain all the ways it's bad.

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  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Mixed Review - Small Changes Could Make a Huge Difference"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Lung Association full-time

    Pros

    LOVE my chapter and people I directly work with. A lot of room for creativity. Due to lack of marketing and logistics support, you get to learn a lot, but at the same time does not allow as much time to steward constituents and build new relationships. CEO has done a great job of protecting staff jobs during COVID which is appreciated.

    Cons

    National staff doesn't offer a lot of support in terms of providing resources to chapters to implement signature events such as Climb. Ideas to help include sending emails on behalf of markets and having a centralized email campaign. There should be an operational plan and ongoing meetings on how to implement the place. Has seemed that the organization is scrambling to play catch up in responding to COVID and not great at being a leader in putting new information out. Talks of office reopens are interesting as many companies have committed to having employees work remotely through the remainder of 2020 that are not as mission oriented, especially as a supposed leader in the lung health space. Not great time off allowance - 10 days PTO in first year - supposedly the holiday schedule makes up for that, but those are not days you can select.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Leadership is lacking"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Business Development in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Poor Work environment, bad culture, inexperienced VP and Executive Director. Chase away good employees.

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Do not recommend, this company will USE YOU"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Lung Association full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice benefits package and PTO

    Cons

    Although they were nice benefits and generous PTO is offered, that doesn’t overshadow the overworked and under paid culture here. The American Lung Association thrives off using people and never fairly compensating. For example, they only offer a 3 PERCENT raise (on top of your extremely low salary) when it comes time for your review. In majority of companies a 3 percent raise constitutes for some cities cost of living not A PAY RAISE FOR MEETING GOAL. I know that this is a non-profit but it is still no reason for you to be treated as though you do not deserve a livable wage.Moreover the telework policy here is completely asinine. ALA believes all work should be completed at the office. Furthermore when it comes to budgeting and actually purchasing things for special events they are beyond cheap and extremely lacks innovation. The management here is terrible. The Vice President of the region would not even provide laptops for 2 people on the staff! But yet she wanted is to kill ourselves to make goal. RIDICULOUS. Leadership has no idea how to be innovative nor actually lead. The majority of leadership who are in development have no idea what they are doing. But when the time comes annual review they will happily tell you your not doing your job well. Save the headache by not working here. They're plenty of non profits who actually know what they are doing and won’t mentally abuse you. This company will fail soon if leadership is not completely revamped.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "National Management has ruined a productive company."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Merchandiser- Developmental in Hartford, CT
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Lung Association full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The mission is a great one although it is slowly being destroyed due to the national merge. The executive team seems to have lost sight.

    Cons

    There are many. It is sad to see how the new CEO and executive team have failed to support their staff. The entire merge has been a disaster. One of their first accomplishments was to demote the titles of every staff member nationwide in order to lower the pay scale. The national board lacks any diversity (all white, blonde hair, blue eyed). The company’s leadership does not reflect the target population and this shows in their approach to the mission. The company has done away with telecommunicating policies, which contradicts clean air initiatives .

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  9. "Smart, dedicated team. Great benefits."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Lung Association

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth. Open to new ideas. Staff are hard-working & passionate about mission. Leadership invests in making positive changes for the organization.

    Cons

    Not enough in-person time with nationwide staff. Annual goals can sometimes be lofty and might be discouraging staff more than incentivizing.

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  10. Helpful (8)

    "Bad culture and office environment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at American Lung Association full-time

    Pros

    You meet great people who are survivors and the mission is an admirable one.

    Cons

    No effort made to have a dynamic, fun workplace. Boring, staid. National office staff are incompetent and vindictive.

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