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Autism Speaks Reviews

Updated Feb 4, 2019

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Liz Feld
28 Ratings
  1. Helpful (6)

    "Run away as fast as you can!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

      The importance of the mission to so many families.

      Cons

      Where to begin. This is hands down the worst place that I have ever worked. Leadership is unbelievably incompetent and malicious. It is the titanic of non-profits, once great and now a sinking ship with no chance of survival. You can blame Liz Feld's incompetent "leadership" for destroying the organization. It will never be what it once was and if you are considering employment here - I suggest you turn and run away...

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      Advice to Management

      It's a lost cause at this point.

      Autism Speaks2015-11-24
    • Helpful (3)

      "Organization is on the way up"

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

      I have been working at Autism Speaks full-time

      Pros

      Amazing mission, passion, volunteers and staff. Issue that's on an "upswing". I see plenty of staff accommodating working hours by working from home, etc. The pay scale is competitive with any nonprofit I've worked at.

      Cons

      Everyone looks at AS with rose colored glasses. How it was so wonderful before. But then why are we spending so much time cleaning up things like the video from 2009 and other poor decisions of the past? Time for the organization to move forward with the new leadership we have in place. It spends way too much time looking back, not enough looking forward. We hold onto angry employees too long.

      Advice to Management

      Ignore the bitter ramblings of past employees on here and focus on continuing to improve the lives of people and families affected by Autism Spectrum disorder. This organization does amazing work, don't sweat the small stuff, the mission is too important.

      Autism Speaks2015-08-29
    • Helpful (2)

      "Cautious Optimism?"

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

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

        Pros

        Great work-life balance and benefits, terrific volunteers, engaged and passionate colleagues

        Cons

        Despite recent claims to the contrary, executive management still operates based on the emergency or whim of the moment, with no real strategic plan in place or long-term organizational vision. Staff, both new and old - whether they are enthusiastic or not, are not supported with appropriate resources or direction from their directors. There is renewed hope that the new board chair will see the deficits in management...

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        Advice to Management

        Listen, whether you agree or like the messages or not, to what your employees are saying. There are nuggets of truth you can glean. Not every employee who has been branded as "angry" began that way and not every employee - past or present - is "wearing rose colored glasses." People want to be treated with respect and feel that they bring value. That does not happen consistently and needs to change if AS wants to continue...

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        Autism Speaks2015-09-04
      • Helpful (6)

        "Dreadful"

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

        I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

        Pros

        Keurig machine, improved climate control

        Cons

        Consultant-run, no connection to mission, nepotism, gross incompetence

        Advice to Management

        Resign

        Autism Speaks2015-09-07
      • Helpful (5)

        "Turning the corner"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Great cause, great people. Dedication to spending donor dollars wisely is at the core of what field staff and ground-level teams strive for.

        Cons

        Shifting focus on goals and priorities. Shake-up in management has caused uncertaintya among staff. Constant turn-over affecting stability at all levels.

        Advice to Management

        Give clear goals to teams and when priorities shift let the staff know in a timely fashion. Invest in employee retention at all levels of the organization.

        Autism Speaks2015-06-02
      • Helpful (6)

        "Doesn't have to be this way"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Incredible passion, mission and access to resources. Compared to other non-profits, incredible ability to invent, create and drive success.

        Cons

        Poorly managed and led. Lack of team spirit, cooperation. Clearly drawn lines of have and have nots - there is no consistent experience at Autism Speaks from employee to employee or office to office.

        Advice to Management

        Focus on what matters and execute plans across the organization. The mission was clear, but is now confusing and muddled.

        Autism Speaks2015-05-26
      • Helpful (2)

        "Autism Speaks Experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Autism Speaks

        Pros

        Fun People To Work With, Very Family Oriented. Charitable Organization. Very Informative To Families.

        Cons

        Not World Wide Or In Major Cities Across The United States

        Advice to Management

        Bring Autism Speaks To More Cities To Spread Autism Awareness And Education To Families

        Autism Speaks2015-05-13
      • Helpful (2)

        "The New President that Changed Everything"

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

        I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

        Pros

        At one time there was great comradery amongst employees, who worked together to support an under-served community.

        Cons

        I worked for Autism Speaks for many years. The job could be at times challenging but the work for the most part was rewarding. The goodwill that was built up over the years completely dissolved when Autism Speaks' new president took office in 2012. What was once a warm and welcoming environment that served the autism community almost immediately turned into an atmosphere of hostility and bullying led by its new president....

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        Advice to Management

        Advice to the new chairman of the board - take a close look at who is running your operation.

        Autism Speaks2015-05-19
      • Helpful (2)

        "Great programs, terrible management"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook

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

        Pros

        Terrific advocacy for the cause, strong science programs

        Cons

        Top heavy, disconnect between management and staff, no corporate culture, Liz Feld (President) and Rob Ring (Chief Science Officer) are terrible and completely out of touch. Corporate poilicy discourages work/life balance and also adheres to 1950s style work emvironment e.g. no telecommuting, must work in an office at corporate.

        Advice to Management

        Wake up and join us in the 21st century.

        Autism Speaks2015-03-25
      • Helpful (3)

        "good company employee friendly"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook

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

        Pros

        good company friendly for employees

        Cons

        too quick changes high turnover rate

        Autism Speaks2015-03-23
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