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Autism Speaks Reviews

Updated Feb 4, 2019

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Liz Feld
28 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "They are trying..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Autism Speaks

    Pros

    The volunteers and the field are great people who truly want to make a different.

    Cons

    No real plan or organization set in place at the national office. They throw things at you at the last minute, whether that be campaigns or meetings. On boarding for new staff does not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Organize and plan.

    Autism Speaks2016-07-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Better."

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

    I have been working at Autism Speaks

    Pros

    A lot of changes and potential with a new level of focus, heading in a proactive direction. Much time will be spent leveling out, getting organized and making needed investments in infrastructure and raising standards. High hopes to see the org on a list of competitive places to work thereafter. The mission is meaningful to millions.

    Cons

    Being flexible to changing priorities is a must at most non-profit foundations. But right now at this org it's the only way to exist. Change, even for the better, is not easy and can be difficult for some to negotiate. A culture of excuses is a hard habit to break after so long. Focus on accountability at all levels and challenge employees to raise standards.

    Advice to Management

    Look at current state of the org from the perspective of employees at all levels, especially while beginning to shift to a culture of accountability. Invest in employees that demonstrate they want to see the org succeed.

    Autism Speaks2016-05-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Laid Back"

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    Former Employee - Field Developer in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Autism Speaks for less than a year

    Pros

    There is plenty of room for advancement. Very laid back job.

    Cons

    Non-profit organization - When funding is low, so is job security.

    Autism Speaks2016-02-11
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

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

    I worked at Autism Speaks

    Pros

    Enjoyed Working with the Families

    Cons

    Poor Management. Senior management is field not good.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to field staff

    Autism Speaks2016-02-09
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible management. They don't know what grassroots is in this org. Mr and Mrs wright would be very disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing. They walk all over their staff. Hard work does not pay off. Management takes credit and doesn't give it

    Cons

    Everything everything. Hiring Corp people for a grassroots....it's sad to see a good org go down the drain by Corp min people

    Autism Speaks2016-02-26
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Just when you though AS hit bottom, it gets worse"

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Working with the families impacted by Autism and the few coworkers left who have children on the spectrum.

    Cons

    It's difficult to know where to start. There is a lot of heart in some staff but the top is all about themselves and hiring their unqualified friends for high positions. Leadership is from the for-profit world and they do not understand the mission or families they represent. Staff with a connection to Autism are not valued. The last 3 years have shown the organizations true colors. They pushed out or fired all...

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    Advice to Management

    Too many consultants! Stop hiring your friends that get a lot of money to complicate processes for their own job security. The New York and New Jersey offices have the worst of the worst leadership. Please change the way this organization operates before its too late to turn it around and actually help those you claim to represent. It's apparent to staff and supporters that you know nothing of autism!

    Autism Speaks2016-01-23
  7. "times are changing"

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

      I have been working at Autism Speaks

      Pros

      the location good for commutation

      Cons

      the leadership does not communicate.

      Advice to Management

      pay and promote fairly. provide professional development. be honest

      Autism Speaks2016-01-15
    • Helpful (5)

      "Fundraising"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

        Pros

        Leaders with fundraising experience were great -understood initiatives that would work in the field and how to connect with families

        Cons

        Leaders from the for-profit world struggled to understand autism dynamics and did not respect the years of history of folks throughout the organization

        Advice to Management

        Not everything that was done before was wrong. You can move forward without throwing away years of history and commitment.

        Autism Speaks2015-11-19
      • Helpful (7)

        "The Patients are Running the Asylum"

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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 5 years

        Pros

        The mission and the families that look to AS for hope

        Cons

        Wasteful spending on consultants and advocacy instead of desperately needed research and services. I believe the CEO is using AS as a breeding ground to try and reignite her former "fiasco" of an attempt at a political career

        Advice to Management

        The leadership are viewed as evil soul-stealing, non-compassionate, greedy, blowing smoke up the founders rear ends, incompetent, ladder climbing, hateful, backstabbing clowns. This needs to end when the CEO's contract ends next year. You will get more out of staff when this oppressive culture stops - fear motivates no one

        Autism Speaks2015-10-31
      • Helpful (11)

        "A mess"

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        Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Nobody seems to care when nothing gets done or goes badly. Employees can bond over how disorganized and discombobulated the place is.

        Cons

        There is no reality of life-work balance. you're expected to work nights and weekends and then volunteer until you fall apart or quit, just like every one does. there's a huge turnover, EVEN at the executive level, which creates a lot of insecurity and instability. Everyone is walking in egg shells all the time. At every level. Seems like the top execs are changing directions all the time and the reflects down a lot....

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        Advice to Management

        start listening to your employees because they talk to the volunteers and people you're supposed to serve. We usually spend hours/days cleaning up the messes the board makes in public. it's very frustrating and when people tell us they're now going to another autism charity we totally understand.

        Autism Speaks2015-11-11
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