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Autism Speaks Employee Reviews about "advocacy"

Updated Feb 4, 2019

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Liz Feld
28 Ratings
Pros
  • "Salary is better than some non-profits(in 4 reviews)

  • "Terrific advocacy for the cause, strong science programs(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Recently, high turnover from other employees in fundraising positions(in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Fundamentally Flawed Company Cannot Get Out of Its Own Way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The day-to-day interactions with families, and individuals with autism were generally positive and rewarding. - Extraordinary volunteers make the organization shine in some communities. - Advocating on behalf of a well-known brand was both a Pro and a Con. - No micromanaging for the bulk of my time there. - Some of the internal systems were sophisticated (Payroll, Social Media, Travel reimbursement). - I learned...

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    Cons

    - My boss had five different bosses over the course of three years. That really says it all. - National priorities were constantly changing, processes and systems were rotating in and out on a monthly basis, chapter priorities were pushed aside, and we never really knew if we achieved anything. - There was a total, 100% disconnect between the NY HQ and the chapters/major market staff. There were NY/NJ staff who tried...

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    Advice to Management

    Giving advice to this organization is a lesson in frustration. What's the point? They won't listen.

    Autism Speaks2017-01-09
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Growing Pains?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autism Speaks has incredible history in the community, and truly made "autism" a household conversation around the world. What Autism Speaks has done for awareness, research, treatment and advocacy worldwide is outstanding. Being a part of that mission, as well as having the opportunity to build relationships in the local community, is incredibly rewarding.

    Cons

    There are unfortunately many concerns I have as an employee. There is a great lack of communication from top NYC leadership down to the field, and this could come from too many (highly compensated) executive hands in the cookie jar. Field staff, who have some of the toughest responsibilities (i.e. fundraising for the mission of the organization) do not receive competitive pay and benefits for the workload and time required....

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    Advice to Management

    Improve communication across all departments. Learn the markets - recognize that blanket efforts and strategy are poor branding choices. Give greater consideration to pay and benefits to remain competitive in the fast-paced world of non-profits. Every organization has growing pains, especially during times of transition. However, the turnover at Autism Speaks should be cause for deep concern.

    Autism Speaks2016-12-05
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Needs Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autism Speaks full-time

    Pros

    - Awesome cause - Have accomplished amazing achievements in science, advocacy and family services

    Cons

    - A large number of employees are in the wrong seat - Leadership does not always provide clear direction - Need improved communication across the organization

    Autism Speaks2016-08-16
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
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