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Autism Speaks Reviews

Updated Feb 4, 2019

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Liz Feld
28 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional in the western part of the USA"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing volunteers, kind hard-working employees, interesting events, groundbreaking research funding, awesome advocacy team, fun national partnerships.

    Cons

    Resources spread too thin, staff overworked, high staff turnover, poor use of donations, lack of consistency, low low low low low pay

    Advice to Management

    Look outside your walls; the edges of the kingdom are frayed and in need of assistance. This organization needs to restructure and re-think the way it manages field events.

    Autism Speaks2015-03-19
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Seriously not employee focused"

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

    I have been working at Autism Speaks

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work here is the mission

    Cons

    Everything else other than the mission

    Advice to Management

    Remember the past and where the company came from and appreciate those who have been around for the long haul

    Autism Speaks2015-03-16
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Hot hot mess"

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

    I worked at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    This is an organization with an admirable mission. I am supposed to write more words in this field but that is all I could come up with.

    Cons

    They treat like their employees like garbage that they don't bother to throw away. I have seen salary information and know that women in the same positions as men earn up to 40% less with more experience. HR seems completely unable to control the egos of the leadership who have no commitment to the core values of the organization. Leadership are also not in touch with employees or stakeholders and the organization...

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    Autism Speaks2015-02-25
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not the best organization to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    i enjoy the people I work with. On some level we can all relate to the frustration around us and find comradery in it.

    Cons

    No culture. At. All. Leadership is a revolving door and is very clueless of the frustrations of the employees Fake "happy/everything is great" all employee calls The salaries of employees vs the leadership is just dishearting (check 990-it's public) Leadership literally ignores the issues and problems and unhappiness of employees thus causing tons of people to leave (retail-like turn over rate) The overall concept...

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    Advice to Management

    With the exception of some of the cornerstone "leadership" that has been there for years, fire everyone, get a board that actually cares about this organization and start over. It's not a sinking ship yet, but it's slowly approaching that status. AS has done a lot for the autism community, but sadly a lot of its enemies are becoming current and past employees. Treat your people better and watch your organization change....

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    Autism Speaks2015-01-13
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Uncaring"

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

    I worked at Autism Speaks

    Pros

    Mission is critically important to so many; staff at the local level is caring and compassionate

    Cons

    More driven by personal priorities of leadership than by actual mission priorities; lack of support for staff; direction and focus constantly changing.

    Autism Speaks2015-01-06
  6. Helpful (11)

    "It's the President's Fault!"

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

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

    Pros

    There is a ground staff that is consistently empowering and encouraging each other that tries to balance out the negative aspects of this organization.

    Cons

    Time to say what most of the reviewers below are too hesitant to say: This organization is in the process of a very heartbreaking disintegration stemming from the misdirection of the president and her senior suite. The breakdown internally has separated the organization from the well-respected and visible key leaders of the national autism community and has dismantled the relationships the charity so closely depends...

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    Advice to Management

    The Board and the Cofounders must intervene before the organization develops an internal culture that is completely incompatible to the autism community and before there are any larger financial impact.

    Autism Speaks2014-10-29
  7. Helpful (5)

    "toxic, toxic, toxic....."

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

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

    Pros

    This organization has brought an amazing level of awareness of Autism to the world.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Clueless, bullying and out of touch management. Staff are leaving like rats fleeing a sinking ship.

    Autism Speaks2014-10-17
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty nice, especially for a nonprofit. Some of the managers are pretty great, but are quickly beaten down. If you're outside of the New York office, things are fairly pleasant.

    Cons

    Tiny merit increases that don't keep up with cost of living. Almost no promotion from within, except within the same small pool. Incredibly high workloads with little to no support. Unrealistic goals that employees have no hand in setting. You'll be required to do a ton of work, then only get evaluated on how much money you bring in. Feedback from the rank-and-file is considered hostile. There is no realistic view of...

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    Autism Speaks2014-10-14
  9. "Intern at Autism Speaks - Great cause, amazing people"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Autism Speaks

      Pros

      Great cause, amazing people, very worthwhile

      Cons

      some disparity between employees and volunteers

      Autism Speaks2014-08-26
    • Helpful (5)

      "The Epitome of Hostile Work Environment"

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

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

      Pros

      It is satisfying to help families affected by autism.

      Cons

      In the last 2 years the culture of bullying has become pervasive. Upper management uses tactics of aggressive intimidation in (what appears to be) an attempt to keep staff in line. Their concern seems be less about the autism community and more about their egos and domination of staff associated with the previous regime. There have been massive layoffs in recent years that appear to have been done without knowing the...

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      Advice to Management

      Most people who work for non-profits, do not do so because they want to get rich. They work for charities because of their desire to feel like they are helping others. Management needs to begin to take into account the knowledge and opinions of those that have successfully worked at AS for years. While things were not perfect in the past, it was a successful company and that success lies directly on the shoulders of...

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      Autism Speaks2014-03-17
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