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American Physical Society Reviews

Updated December 31, 2017
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  1. "Great place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Physical Society full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, relaxed environment, nice people

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to make progress


  2. Helpful (1)

    "More diversity in leadership roles is needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Physical Society full-time

    Pros

    Free parking; Regrettably, not much to boast about at this organization.

    Cons

    No people of color in leadership and management roles

    Advice to Management

    Add diversity in leadership roles, provide opportunities for internal career advancement.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Deterioration is painful to see"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Physical Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many wonderful people working hard to further the mission of the society. Members are a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Company is trying to address it's financial concerns by bleeding the rank and file while giving raises to management. Several toxic individuals have been allowed to run amok for years, which is driving people away.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of the people you've received repeated complaints on. Respect the rank and file employees more and accept that some jobs don't require a doctorate in physics.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "No advancement, terrible management"

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

    I worked at American Physical Society full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work schedules, lovely location, great staff that are fun to work with

    Cons

    In this department, unless you have a PhD in physics, you won't be going anywhere. The current management has no clue how to manage, much less lead. It's frankly embarrassing. They give you a lot of autonomy but then micromanage the silliest things. Very little respect for the time and experience of their colleagues. Lack of innate management and people skills are attempted to be made up for by training this and "project managing" that, which only makes everyone miserable. If you are obsessed by documenting procedures (and creating new procedures!), love passive aggressive people, having your work constantly scrutinized, and really enjoy incompetent management, this department is for you.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your management consultant and gut the Education & Diversity Department.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "New CEO promoted beyond capabilities ...often overwhelmed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Broad and appropriate scope for such an entity ...trying hard, can improve direction and focus to make an impact today

    Cons

    Money problems ....lack of financial oversight by CEO, trying hard ...will do anything to keep position and prestige. Not supportive of gender diversity

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new management ....recruit and realign


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good benefits, decent pay, no opportunities for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Administrator in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Administrator in College Park, MD

    I have been working at American Physical Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good; pay is decent. The office environment is friendly and casual.

    Cons

    Unless you possess a PhD in physics, you will have little to no opportunity for advancement. Management is comprised of PhD physicists with subpar management and interpersonal skills. The organization would rather hire new physics graduates without work experience for management positions than promote a hardworking employee from within.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement for existing employees, with and without PhDs in physics


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great people and mostly stress-free job with longevity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridge, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridge, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Physical Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The staff and fellow employees are great. Diversified and multicultural staff. I have made some great friends. Mostly a stress-free working environment. Centrally located in Suffolk County on Long Island so a great job without the long commute to New York City. Allows family life to remain in tact. Somewhat flexible working hours. Very good to long-time staff, generous benefits and paid time off whether it be vacation time or sick time.

    Cons

    Can't think of any negatives. There are the same problems one would find at most jobs ... typical personality conflicts with some specific employees and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Just continue to validate your employees and appreciate their value.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, excellent people, limited growth and mobility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (health, retirement), great working environment, people are friendly, vacation/sick leave, teleworking policies are flexible and generous. Great work-life balance and low stress. Over all it's a very comfortable office job in a great organization committed to education.

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity for growth within the company unless you have a PhD in physics. Jobs are divided into purely administrative (non-physics, non-PhDs) and high level executives and department heads (PhDs) with little in between. Not an ideal place if you're looking to increase skills, responsibilities, etc. and have ownership over work. Very easy to stagnate in one position without any growth, mobility, development.

    Advice to Management

    Take professional development seriously. Use people's strengths to the organization's advantage.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Can move ahead if self motivated."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridge, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridge, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Physical Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, long term employment, and flexible work days. Enjoy the connection to physics without the concern about funding. Good people to work with and they are always willing to lend a hand.

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities and some colleagues with poisonous attitudes.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It can be a great place for someone who doesn't see themselves advancing high in management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    They provide great benefits and is a good stepping stone to better positons. Most of the people are easy to work with.

    Cons

    There's hardly any chance of growth and advancing vertically, only in horizontal aspects. Not the greatest place to spend too long especially in earlier years.


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