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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Reviews

Updated October 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "It is a really good cause and a positive environment looking forward to find a cure" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Cares About Our Employees, values work life balance and great benefit package" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Small office; long hours including weekends" (in 11 reviews)

  • "better check and balance of management at a Chapter Level and enforced training schedule for new employees" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great people and place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people. Feel valued and appreciated. CFF cares about their people. Excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Looking forward to the new talent management and professional development projects in progress.


  2. "We are a family and work long hours on many events so we can find a cure."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, amazing families in the CF community.

    Cons

    We are understaffed for the amount of events that we produce And have constant turnover. National does not understand the Chapter level so they implement rules and procedures that make our jobs a lot harder.

    Advice to Management

    National staff should spend a few weeks doing the Development job.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership values “discipline” over innovation, and practical solutions toward success."

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    Former Employee - Director in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    There is self-satisfaction from supporting the cause.

    Cons

    In tandem with a stifling and patriarchal new “Corporate” leadership approach, and an amazing medical breakthrough that resulted in a revenue windfall, has taken the Foundation from an exciting, innovative, nimble, warm, and satisfying place to work into an oppressive, chaotic, cold, and frustrating place to work. There is no culture to speak of in spite of a lot of money and efforts thrown into an attempt to create one. The Foundation has become robotic and focused significantly more on processes than on the humanness of their employees and our mission, thereby resulting in the failure of the culture and values initiative. Adding to the frustration is the lame duck idea that one business process fits all departments. It simply does not and leadership refuses to accept and consider feedback and meaningful discussion toward improvement. Leadership is fanatically focused on “discipline” of processes rather than supporting creative solutions toward success and the ability to be nimbly innovative. This focus completely stifles enthusiasm, creativity, and is oppressive. Middle management has been wiped out due to the micromanagement and “we are smarter than you” pat on the head attitude of the leadership and chiefs. The environment is extremely top down.

    Advice to Management

    While other organizations are already practicing todays modern lighter office environment and opening up their approach to leadership, the Foundation has taken multiple steps backwards into the past by deploying the patriarchal and elitist approach of the “discipline” decades of long ago. Don’t underestimate and undermine middle management, you need them as your liaison to and support of a healthy and productive environment on the front lines. And remember they DO know more than you do about the personnel and functions of their department and how to navigate those for success. Take their feedback and ideas and those of lower ranking personnel seriously. Your employees are intelligent, professional adults - respect and treat them as such. Your front line is your heartbeat, it’s up to you whether it is healthy, or toxic and oppressed. Set the example: be transparent. Demonstrate kindness and gratitude. Be open to feedback. Ask questions, listen well, and don’t make negative assumptions - this will give you true insight into the environment you are establishing, rather than a removed perception of reality.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "No such thing as integrity"

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

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Good Location, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Any company/organization that is being investigated by the EEOC is not a place you want to work. Not to mention an investigation by the IRS into CFF's 501(c) status. I can't say CFF didn't bring it on themselves because they did. There isn't a shred of integrity here, and it is blatantly obvious. Somebody high up angered somebody with significant gov clout. It is a shame because the patients of CFF are going to be significantly impacted by the greed of some. :(

    I wouldn't recommend anyone in the world to CFF right now, and to my fellow coworkers get out fast.

    Advice to Management

    Was it worth it?


  5. "Good place to work, improvements are being made"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance and employees are nice. Pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    Young employees who want promotions when they have no work experience to warrant a promotion. They want trophies for just doing their jobs and management caters to their winey attitudes. Some employees get promoted immediately and frequently because there is some favoritism and some do not.

    Advice to Management

    Stop catering to all the millennials who just complain and want promotions. Successfully meeting your job expectations should not warrant a promotion. Some in leadership roles are clueless and have no experience outside the organization therefore don't know how a company should be run.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic mission, great leadership, amazing community

    Cons

    Lack of understanding of the nuances of different regions and fundraising efforts; organization takes a "one size fits all" approach to events


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, out of touch employer"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great for non-profit, 401k match, health, 3 weeks vacation, 12 sick days, summer hours are shorter (off at 3pm on fridays!)

    Cons

    management has been here for almost 30 years and is stuck in one way of doing things, harder to introduce new ideas, no professional development happening

    Advice to Management

    give more feedback to your employees, help with professional development

  8. "Great mission, great org"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    The CFF cares about its mission, its people, and keeping with responsible financial stewardship.

    Cons

    There is a power shift happening that may be tricky to navigate. Talented, worthwhile young professionals are being hired at the CFF at a rapid rate, and some older medical professionals are feeling the change.


  9. "Great place to work, long hours"

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    Current Employee - Senior Development Director
    Current Employee - Senior Development Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, strong mission, outstanding volunteers, opportunities for growth available

    Cons

    Long hours, many late nights depending on your role, strict policies

    Advice to Management

    Provide more encouragement for flexible hours especially for individuals working 3+ nights a month and 10+ weekends a year


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    The whole staff is really nice, smart, and devoted to the cause. The organization is really prioritizing making CFF a great place to work.

    Cons

    Location is way out in Bethesda

    Advice to Management

    Making working from home more accessible to younger staff or creating a satellite office in DC would help with retention.


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