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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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Pros
  • You can feel good knowing you are helping families that are trying to find a cure for themselves or their loved ones (in 7 reviews)

  • Great cause and families to work with, opportunity for growth and networking as well as a flexible schedule for meetings and field employees (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Many long hours, however worth if for the mission of the organization (in 10 reviews)

  • Lack of communication from management and main office (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    It's truly the definition of a non-profit organization. The money raised really does go to science and trying to find a cure.

    Cons

    Career development is almost non-existent. They have the ability to create newer/higher positions. They keep the existing employees at the same level, but hire non-qualified people for higher positions.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff who truly cares about the foundation and their career. Listen when they try to talk to you. Favoritism is inevitable, but please try not to show favoritism when it comes to career choices/goals.


  2. "Unrealistic expectations"

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

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Good cause, families, friendly board

    Cons

    Management, unrealistic expectations, lots of pressure, overburdened with compliance

  3. "Marketing Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fantastic organization to wok for!

    Cons

    It was an unpaid internship. However, very beneficial and lots of experience


  4. "If you get a good manger to work for, this place is an absolute dream."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly-knowledgable, extremely talented and friendly staff. Organizational leadership was strong and created a welcoming climate to work in. Working was interesting and constantly evolving. People really respect one another and not only value differing opinions, but seek them out in an honest and welcoming manner.

    Cons

    High turn-over, Wasn't clear how one was supposed to advance in career, get a raise or earn a promotion. A good amount of strife and conflict between departments. Conflict resolution was handed poorly and most times was nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of promoting peace between the different departments and review the work/role of the staff at director levels to see how they treat the people that report to them.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Director of Development, special events coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Director of Development; Special Events Coordinstor in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director of Development; Special Events Coordinstor in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Knowing you are helping promote awareness, sharing science and trying to raise money to provide a cure for the amazing patients and their families.

    Cons

    It is overrun with senior staff who need to retire who maintain absurd and impossible goals while expecting chapter staff to sacrifice their time, money and talent while not being even close to industry competitive with salary or benefits. It is cliquey and their are those who will look to get rid of people who have experience and ideas. Nothing is safe with HR. We lost 2 EDs and 6 others while I was there in my 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the National level, get industry competitive with salary/benefits, appreciate the people who sacrifice so much to make walks and other events happen.


  6. "It's impossible to get anything done with all the redtape in the IT dept."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work life balance

    Cons

    The entire IT department starting from the top is useless. The new IT department have added new systems and it's impossible to get help. IT is right here in the building but to get anything done you have to go online to complete a JIRA request, now if I can't log onto your computer how are you to complete a JIRA request? The helpdesk tries to help but their hands are tied because a JIRA request has to be completed first before anything gets done. How is this more efficient or customer oriented? Employees are not able to provide any input into what works and the IT department do whatever they want and might as well walk on water! In addition, the JIRA request page sucks and it's impossible to entire the request that you want because it is limited. Talk about lost productivity!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, ask employees what work and sending out a limited employee survey that is not entirely anonymous because you want employees to entire what department they work in, how long they have worked at CFF and whether they are in a management role does not help. News flash, how is that anonymous!


  7. "Hidden Treasure"

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

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Fabulous mission, working with top medical professionals.
    Fair salaries.

    Cons

    Slow to promote young people.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage young people to rise in ranks.
    Fix your career page so that people in DC area can find DC area jobs (without having to look at Bethesda).

  8. "Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Company is always seeking to improve its customer and staff relations.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be improved


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Director in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Development Director in Littleton, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work - great purpose.

    Cons

    Hard with the HQ in DC - a lot of red tape.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A waste of time and talent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation full-time

    Pros

    The only pro of this organization is that it's mission is to help patients. Other than that, there are absolutely no pros.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? The leadership has no direction and there is absolutely no communication between the C-suite and the rest of the staff. There is absolutely no room for innovation, growth of thinking outside the box. The mid level managers are ill prepared to manage the very young staff.


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