Autism Speaks Reviews

Updated Jan 7, 2021

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3.5
53%
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Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger (no image)
Angela Geiger
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great cause; organization in deep transition(in 4 reviews)

  • "Salary is better than some non-profits(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Non-profit organization - When funding is low, so is job security(in 4 reviews)

  • "The salaries of employees vs the leadership is just dishearting (check 990-it's public)(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    Liked helping families and great work life balance

    Cons

    President changed a few times

  2. "X"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in New York, NY

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers and volunteer leaders

    Cons

    Disorganized upper management and spending


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Worst Leadership!"

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

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great cause. Passionate people working at the bottom but the people at the top ruin it.

    Cons

    hostile environment! Leadership is out of control. HR is useless!! Their loyalty is to the VP's who they are buddies with. if you report bad behavior it gets back to leadership and it backfires. Each year, it gets worse!

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  4. "The Never Ever Ending Non-Profit With An Ego"

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

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    You at times are allowed to benefit the people who you work for night and day. Your colleagues who are there for the same reasons you are will become your best friends

    Cons

    Antiquated people thinking in an antiquated way with a HUGE ego. I have no idea why...this is a non-profit ammmiiiiriiight. Let's help people-happily!! The "development" of partnerships and $$$ is left to only the president to approve or not.....regardless of the years you have experience with a partner or institutional knowledge. This is a gut-wrenching organization, do no work here if you value happiness. I'm still trying to not let tis backwards organization take away all the good that I did.

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  5. "Autism Speaks cares about their employees"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Field Development 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They have put in place several programs or periodic events to help with mental health and physical health. They show their appreciation for service and job well done. They take being a best employer to work for very seriously and make adjustments and help where stated by employees.

    Cons

    Small staff means a lot of work for individuals or small teams. Resources requested for daily needs sometimes take longer than you would hope , when you are trying to be productive.

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    "Poor Leadership"

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

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Flexible hours -Decent pay for a nonprofit

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible management/leadership. The HR Department is completely unprofessional. There are plenty of employees who are capable and willing to do more but are held back.

  7. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone communicates pretty well It’s a great atmosphere You can learn a lot if you allow yourself to learn They include you in activities and events within the office The PTO/Holidays was the best I’ve seen in a corporate office since I started working My creative director was amazing and taught me a lot more types of basics for print and digital print work I didn’t know

    Cons

    You need to stay later to finish any projects with deadlines, but that could be any job. It is not frequent. I just felt like I could use more pay, but I did settle for less for a better work atmosphere.

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    "Terrible Management"

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

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    Great cause and a great community.

    Cons

    Terrible executive director - verbally abusive to everyone. 7 employees quit within 2 weeks. HR did nothing to help.

  9. "Good company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Speaks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Small company - pros and cons to working at a small company

  10. "Love my job and love Autism Speaks!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Speaks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I absolutely LOVE my boss and the leadership team. I always feel supported in my role as well as their investment in my development as an employee. The pressure can be intense but so is the reward and gratitude expressed by management. Pay and benefits are amazing. Autism speaks does amazing work at the system level and I get to connect with inspiring individuals every day.

    Cons

    Tough hours including lots of weekends. Ongoing growing pains which results in either lack of structure OR an excess amount of unnecessary structure.

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