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Autism Speaks Employee Reviews about "fundraising"

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 (2)

    "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...

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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
  2. 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
  3. 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...

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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
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Highly Bureaucratic Environment that Instills Fear Into Its Employees"

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    Current Employee - Field Development Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Salary is better than some non-profits

    Cons

    -Highly bureaucratic so it takes forever to execute anything at the local level with processes that are constantly changing without informing the staff. -The leadership uses fear tactics to threaten employees who may not reach revenue goal and fails to provide proper training and resources. -Staff who achieve revenue goals aren't rewarded or even acknowledged -Leadership fails to give deliverables needed to execute...

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    Advice to Management

    Get new management, invest in current staff,

    Autism Speaks2017-01-17
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fast paced non-proffit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Autism Speaks

    Pros

    Fast paced, good for aggressive personalities

    Cons

    Evolving structure and strategies, focus on fundraising is obvious

    Autism Speaks2012-10-24
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