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Autism Speaks Reviews

Updated Feb 4, 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "no leadership"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good mission, comfortable environment, nice support staff

    Cons

    more interested in paying VPs large salaries than using funds appropriately

    Advice to Management

    pay the support staff and create positions to aspire to. provide professional development as there is NONE. Be honest with the staff

    Autism Speaks2019-02-04
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Autism Speaks"

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

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

    Pros

    you may be able to help someone once in a rare while. they have created some good changes in insurance.

    Cons

    inflexible mismanaged misguided non-profit is focused on making money more than actually helping people who need it

    Advice to Management

    understand autism and how it is effecting families. focus funding on real solutions. stop the dog and pony show and really help people.

    Autism Speaks2018-12-10
  3. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    Good non-profit organization driven by values to serve families and children with Autism

    Cons

    Nothing relevant currently, management is actively working to support productive work environment

    Autism Speaks2018-12-05
  4. "Walk Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    Great staff and volunteers to work with

    Cons

    Long hours and travel required

    Autism Speaks2018-07-12
  5. "Field Development Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Autism Speaks part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful cause and a wonderful work environment

    Cons

    Long hours and minimal pay

    Autism Speaks2017-11-09
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    Passionate employees dedicated to the mission of aiding families challenged by autism.

    Cons

    As essentially a start-up, there was a always a sense that we were flying the plane while it was still being built. Exciting, but nerve-wracking, too with systems that weren't always equal to the task.

    Autism Speaks2017-10-27
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    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good Benefits (health insurance, PTO, sick time, company holidays,) 2. Great comradery with other co-workers in local field offices 3. Company mission and goals that reflect realistic needs of people with ASD 4. Occasional autonomy when completing certain tasks

    Cons

    1. Terrible communication and lack of follow through from the national office 2. Recently, high turnover from other employees in fundraising positions 3. Poor compensation and limited opportunities for growth and promotion in local field offices 4. Too much time wasted on long, pointless conference calls, updating silly reports, and not enough time to be out in the community actually fundraising 5. Often,...

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    Advice to Management

    1. Listen more and talk less 2. Give the field staff the resources they need to do their jobs 3. Set realistic fundraising goals for events 4. Offer better opportunities for growth

    Autism Speaks2017-10-10
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    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Speaks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid back, flexible, independent work, room for advancement, progressively increasing in recognition

    Cons

    Lack of national communication, high turn over rate, unclear guidelines for advancement, lacking infrastructure

    Autism Speaks2017-07-07
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Hear it's better there now, but that's not saying much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were pretty good for a non-profit, and, despite some of the organization's more controversial attitudes and policies over the years, they really do make a significant and positive difference in the lives of many families who live with autism. The times that you felt you were actually helping people (and doing it alongside dedicated and good people outside of management who worked there) sometimes...

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    Cons

    Evidently most of the senior management structure there has changed significantly over the past year or two, but I can't imagine that they're not still being hampered by the incompetence of the top-level management there for the years I was there. The number of good, hard-working people they drove out or fired because they wouldn't tow the misguided organizational priorities or couldn't meet their unreasonable goals was...

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    Advice to Management

    Take what your predecessors did and do the exact opposite.

    Autism Speaks2017-05-19
  10. Helpful (5)

    "don't even bother"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to transportation... Good location, that's it! Though food options in the area are not great. The medical benefits are not that bad actually.

    Cons

    It's a big mess. Don't do it. Everyone is confused, overpaid, exhausted, under-pressure (or threatened) and there's no real organization. Ask anyone. Besides that, no knows anyone in the office, people barely talk to each other, not even in the kitchen, there's no real "team" or "culture", even when you try hard. Everyone is in their own little hell. Lots of gossiping. Lots of internal struggles over donors' dollars...

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    Advice to Management

    This is work, it's a non profit no less. Not a zoo. You can't be yelling around at your employees. You can't keep them engaged for what you pay or ask of us. You can't be moving people around based on your daily whims. HR is a joke if you report something. Disgraceful.

    Autism Speaks2017-04-05
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