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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Reviews

Updated June 15, 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)

  • "The senior management is just plain incompetent especially in IT" (in 4 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. "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

  3. "Chaos"

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

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working toward a cure for CF

    Cons

    Chaotic, disorganized, and culturally corporate. Aggressive, undermining, abrasive, and confrontational management style at the highest level is deflating, discouraging, and counter to the intended culture. There is double-standard behavior from leaders. Policies and processes are suffocatingly rigid and are changed on a daily basis creating frustration and chaos. There is a staggering amount of red-tape, extreme hierarchy and top down systems, More time is spent on framing and manipulation of communication than on true transparency. Too much value is placed on optics, which stifles innovation, creativity and function. The rampant use of buzz words and pontification makes for ambiguous and confusing internal communication. Group-think is rewarded as opposed to encouraging and embracing alternate viewpoints from anyone below the leadership ranks. Individuals who disagree or question the viewpoint of leadership are often ostracized and scrutinized. Women are routinely interrupted or ignored by some of the male leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Personnel management training for leaders should be on an ongoing basis. There is an outdated militaristic style that needs to be corrected. Trust your people. Embrace differing opinions and feedback from your direct reports. If performance reviews are going to continue, there should be bi-directional performance reviews between supervisors and direct reports. Monitor and remove leaders who are operating on a double standard. Synergize positive leadership values and set higher standards for leaders’ behaviors across the different departments to remove toxicity and provide consistency of values. Understand and operate on the principle that managers push people and leaders lift their people up. The contrasting styles between highest level leadership severely undermines the cultural values - this needs attention and correcting.


  4. "Great mission, great org"

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    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.


  5. "Wish it was better"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Some good people, benefits, flexible

    Cons

    There are many people in the organization that are not qualified for their job. It will make your job harder as a result. CFF is frustrating to work for. The longer/older employees look down on the younger ones as well. Some of CFF's best employees are young, and get treated horribly. The CEO is very nice, but he is out of reality, and does not have a clue about what is actually going on at CFF. CFF's IT infrastructure is not good. The systems are constantly failing, which again makes your job harder. CFF had to bring in an HR firm to help them because their HR is so bad. I would stay away from applying here for the time being until things change.

    Advice to Management

    Make some changes. Not all change is bad.


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Cares About Our Employees, values work life balance and great benefit package

    Cons

    Lack of career development and growth opportunity


  9. "Great Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Making a difference in the lives of people with CF

    Cons

    I have cons about this organizations


  10. "culture of excellence, inspiring mission, culture improving every day"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    There is no question that staff really care about the mission. Strong culture of achieving excellence--staff are top in field. Staff definitely becoming more diverse, although still lots of work to be done on this front.

    Cons

    Too much competition/drama between departments--we all have a shared mission, we should be a team. However, the culture has come very far in the past few years with changes in leadership and continues to improve with the ongoing culture initiative.

    Advice to Management

    Model core values so that staff believe in them.


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