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CADCA Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  1. "FSST"

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

    I have been working at CADCA full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place to work and grow

    Cons

    Very long hours and overtime


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and staff was very supportive and helpful

    Cons

    Dress code: Business everyday! Very formal professional attire

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No complaints"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Location (easy commute / close to Old Town Alexandria)
    - Nice staff
    - Meaningful mission
    - Travel opportunities

    Cons

    - Dress code is too strict (no jeans allowed even on Fridays)
    - Big turnover
    - Highly unresponsive HR


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Where is everyone going?"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CADCA full-time

    Pros

    CADCA has a really great mission and you can feel like you are truly part of making a difference in communities across the country.

    Cons

    Notice was given that a 10 year employee left. No word on why or what happened. After 10 years I would have hoped that she could have been given a graceful exit. It has made company moral even lower. I would guess that 30-50% of the staff has turned over this past year.

    Advice to Management

    Make employees feel appreciated!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place for young professionals"

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

    Pros

    Their mission and their members are great and I believe the organization truly makes a difference in communities around the world.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the cons far outweigh the pros, which is why I no longer work for this organization. I worked here for 3+ years as an associate and consistently received positive reviews and feedback from my bosses, but was never given a promotion or raise (aside from one small annual raise that everyone else got too). The organization is not friendly to young employees or mothers. No flexibility in work schedules or the option to telework. Very archaic structure of leadership with little collaboration occurring (high ups just bark commands and aren't interested in truly hearing from staff). This is most evident in all-staff meetings where the CEO sits at the front and calls on departments like a teacher and his students. Not a positive environment to work in. Because of all these cons, turnover is so bad that there are more former employees from CADCA in the past 5 years than there were kids in my high school graduating class.

    Also, they lead prayer before meals at the office which is just strange.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your younger staff - they are excited to work for an organization with such a great social mission and you are missing out on their innovative ideas by not encouraging them to stay and succeed. Treat your employees with respect and trust by allowing some flexibility.


  6. "Important Mission and Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CADCA full-time

    Pros

    CADCA is a global non-profit organization with a solid membership base. The organization hires smart and talented staff, many with direct field experience. CADCA is well respected within the prevention, treatment and recovery community, has many partners and its coalition model receives bi-partisan support on Capitol Hill. CADCA offers competitive salary and excellent benefits. All Federal holidays and a few extra CADCA holidays are offered.

    Cons

    CADCA does not offer a telework option, even as part of a employee recognition plan. The senior management is generally conservative in its approach.

    Advice to Management

    Offer flexible work schedules and telework for staff after a year of employment. Make the strategic plan more transparent, practical and unifying. Provide more team building exercises.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Ehhh its ok...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CADCA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, freedom to create projects, all federal holidays paid

    Cons

    no flexible work hours, no work from home availability, long hours without comp time, large salary gap between senior level and associate level (people that do the real work)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to younger workforce (under 35 years old)

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Best for those who enjoy a traditional business model"

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

    Pros

    Honorable cause, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    No flexibility to work from home

    Advice to Management

    Retain top talent by embracing change and technology, allow telecommuting


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Outdated Company"

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

    I worked at CADCA full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, work with wonderful people, small bonuses here and there. The best part of the job is connecting with the coalitions who are doing the dirty work. Good benefits. Good for self starters.

    Cons

    The infrastructure of the company is simply not up to the standards of the modern workforce. The software technology is often years old, new ideas must be approved by minds that are out of touch with a younger generation, no flexible scheduling. The office hours are 8:30am- 5:30pm and many people stay later than 5:30. I would not recommend this as a long term job for anyone in their 20s.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely on your employee's passion for the work they do because the novelty of that wears off quickly when you take your employees for granted. Offer a better work life environment. Listen to your younger employees they are more in touch with what is going on in the field than you think. Job titles do not dictate wisdom.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good start for self-starters; but not a long-term option for the ambitious type"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CADCA full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to expand projects and introduce new ideas is pretty easy; especially if you have previous education/experience in the area. Great opportunity to meet coalition leaders all over the country and keep your work relevant to what's happening in local communities. Perfect place to be if you're a young professional seeking some on-the-job experience for 1-3 years; wouldn't recommend staying longer than that if you're under 30 years old.

    Cons

    The organization is very top/executive heavy and many of them lack credentials in the area of substance abuse prevention. No public health expertise among the executive level staff; so it makes it very difficult for the junior or mid-level staff who have the education, credentials and experience in public health to move up professionally. There seems to be some unspoken age discrimination in that if you're young with credentials, but little on-the-job experience you can automatically become a senior staff's assistant even though that's not within the outline of the job description for which you were hired. Change and new ideas to contribute to the organizational structure doesn't really stand a chance here (no flexible schedule allowed, no telework options, no causal dress Fridays). Organizational structure is very dated and rigged.

    Advice to Management

    Capitalize on the young, gifted professionals you hire. Show more trusts among your employees and be willing to change so that the organization can grow. You're located in a very competitive area and other companies are paying attention to work-life balance solutions; this is a priority area for the current workforce.


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