Alzheimer's Society - Could have been great, but working for this charity is the only time I have experienced bullying at work. | Glassdoor
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    "Could have been great, but working for this charity is the only time I have experienced bullying at work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to use your initiative, colleagues generally really nice people who are passionate about what they do. Feel you are working for a worthwhile cause which touches a lot of lives.

    Cons

    Being a charity, staff are hired as cheaply as possible, which means people who are inexperienced, those who are burnt out from jobs in the "real world" (e.g. former nurses and social workers) and hope working for a charity might be a bit kinder, and oddballs who can't get a job in the real world and have ONLY ever worked for charities. Where this really matters is in the management levels, where the bullying and incompetence...

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    Advice to Management

    Spend the money on decent, experienced managers, and prevent a lot of problems occurring. Don't let people find out they are being made redundant through new structure charts which simply don't include their job role! Actually live the values the organisation espouses, rather than just training them and paying lip service. Act on results of staff surveys. CEO should get involved at all levels.

    Alzheimer's Society2014-10-14

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Dementia volunteering"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in London, England

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society part-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Uplifting Purposeful Improving lives

    Cons

    Heavy case loads Back log of referrals

    Alzheimer's Society2019-04-10
  2. "I really valued my time spent working here"

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    Former Employee - Community Fundraiser 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Ambitious strategy that really focussed on people with dementia - Ambitious fundraising teams always striving to bring about change and make a difference - lots of activities to get involved in as a Community fundraiser i.e. cupcake day, events, running, legacies - fundraising roles are advertised flexibly so this increases opportunities for progression - I found CEO very inspiring and really listened to employees on...

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    Cons

    - Managers recruited because their face fits rather than on own merit - its who you know not what you know - Senior manager within my team was a bully and had various complaints from staff to HR and others in organisation but nothing actioned quickly enough and they weren't monitored or even observed - Quite a jump in targets every year which made some areas of this unachievable and demotivating

    Advice to Management

    - Don't ignore staff concerns - some staff have left due to feeling undervalued and under appreciated within the regional teams - a lot is put on regional teams as often they are the only fundraising staff based outside of head office so this can be tricky to manage - if its a 'one team ethos' make sure it works both ways. - introduce a proper development plan for staff as some managers are inexperienced in offering...

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    Alzheimer's Society2019-04-09

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