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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation President and CEO Michael Osso
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Pros
  • Overall CCFA is a great organization with great people that is service humanity (in 7 reviews)

  • I also learned a lot about human resources during my time there (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is extremely is tipped and expectations for a single person unrealistic (in 10 reviews)

  • Typically one goes into the non-profit sector to make a positive mark on the world (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All the people you work with will activity try to make you better at your job. Very supportive environment. Wonderful company to work for.

    Cons

    Don't have any Cons about the job. Just know you have to dedicate a lot of time (not a con thought)


  2. "National Director, Organizational Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Have been an employee of CCFA for nearly 8 years and have experienced a ever increasing positive culture of professional development, honesty and transparency.

    Cons

    earlier in my career with CCFA, the rate of consistent change was challenging for volunteers and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continue along the current path. Great job.


  3. "A growing, strategic nonprofit making a difference!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CCFA is going through a period of very positive and strategic growth. I am very impressed with the leadership at the C-level within the organization and the commitment to building a positive top-notch culture that attracts and retains talent. There is deep mission commitment among staff, some of whom have a personal connection to this cause. This is a great community!

    Cons

    There has been a lot of turnover in the past and the organization is still regaining ground from those transitions. But there is so much positive momentum now to move forward in a new and better way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on building great teams and on creating a collaborative culture.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Event"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Event Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Event Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The funds raised go to a good cause.

    Cons

    Apply if you like to work with multiple managers, numerous complicated internal systems, constant conference calls, cliques, top down management, and unrealistic expectations. All for low pay and little advancement opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    It is pretty obvious that the favored few (in management) are writing the positive reviews. You will have to do more to turn around an unhealthy culture.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great cause but don't apply"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people! The new CEO will hopefully turn things around.

    Cons

    No upward mobility if you are not senior level. Pay raises are hard to come by. Upper management is not concerned with their direct reports' growth. Workload is intense and it is poor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Give out REAL raises--to EVERYONE!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Executive Director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule
    Pay
    Benefits
    Technology for staff
    Established processes
    HR onboarding
    Science and Research is well done

    Cons

    Too much hovering, not enough autonomy given to staff to do their job
    High turnover - no one stays for long
    Top heavy - lots of VP's and Chiefs who do not do much but talk
    Staff morale is low
    Volunteers are difficult and entitled and executive staff let them be
    Staff are overworked - too much demand and not enough investment

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate matrix model and top heavy staff positions


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Take Steps Walk Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Take Steps Walk Manager in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a good benefits package

    Cons

    not great work life balance


  9. "Good company & good cause"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - National Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good leadership in my department
    Great volunteers to help the cause
    Uses money efficiently toward mission
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Uses too many systems internally
    Low salaries
    Like many non-profits, too few employees to do the work that needs to be done

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention tactics

    Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – VP, Human Resources

    We are always looking for ways to get better and truly appreciate your feedback. As you know, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a volunteer driven organization and revenue is centered around achieving ... More


  10. "Patient/Professional Services"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive managers, and the job gave a real sense of helping those impacted by Crohn's and colitis. The day to day work was very manageable and there was excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Little room for growth. There is no clear career path in certain roles. Your job can begin to feel stagnant after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Create more incentive for employees under your supervision to keep them engaged and motivated.


  11. "Important work done by Foundation and opportunities to learn make for a great career opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crohn's & Colitis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    CCFA is doing really important and groundbreaking work. You know that the dollars that you're raising are being spent well and are really making a difference in the life of patients with IBD. Many staff have a connection to the cause, making the passion for the foundation permeate in your everyday work as well. There is lots of potential of growth within your program or through other avenues, and management and national staff are always available to give advice and work through a problem, even if you do not directly report to them. With Michael Osso coming onboard this past summer as CEO I have seen great strides to keep our mission focused on the patients and improve the work environment for employees as well.

    Cons

    As many other non-profits it struggles with turn-over and restructuring often, this is often stressful for all employees involved and the hiring process is very slow. There is not always consistency in compensation and benefits, so you have to fight for what you're worth. There are also many lateral positions that each staff works with and you can often get conflicting messages from different departments or managers with different end goals. More strategizing and avenues for clear communication would be helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on foundation structure and best methods for communication between management, chapter staff and lateral staff (ex. regional program managers). Strategizing between all departments and staff will lead to better success for the foundation as a whole.


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