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"A cross between extremely political and extremely rewarding"

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Former Employee - Director Product Development in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Director Product Development in Dallas, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at American Heart Association full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Extremely rewarding - you can and do make a difference in people's lives
The research, the Guidelines and the training programs literally impact the difference between life and death. As an employee you have a part in that.

Cons

Extremely political. To the point where it is difficult to get things done if you are not the flavor of the month. Very entrenched "that's not the way we do it here" attitude, to the point where it has kept the organization in the dark regarding other issues and organization that are competitive for donation dollars. An overwhelmingly fear-based organization.

Advice to Management

Stop the nepotism and the cronyism. Hire and listen to younger employees. Listen to them, they are your new donation market..

Other Employee Reviews for American Heart Association

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Corporate Events Director"

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

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission side of the organization is great.

    Cons

    Income development is unorganized and dysfunctional.
    Senior leadership is more interested in short term gain over long term relationship building.
    Senior leaderships expectations of Executive Leadership and Board is a very heavy life and because of these expectations many bridges have been burned.
    No team work
    High turn over
    Departments work within silos and do not cross communicate

    Advice to Management

    Look at those offices and regions who have had a very high turn over (5 walk directors in 5 years, 4 gala directors in 5 years) something is wrong with this picture i.e. senior leadership.
    Give the field staff the tools they need to be successful.
    Realign organizational flow chart to open the doors of communication between departments, offices and affiliates.
    Standardize events through key consistencies and standard operational functions, so that all participants no matter the city have the same great experience.
    Saving lives is not a competition stop treating it like one.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "The worst working experience of my professional career"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Director
    Former Employee - Business Development Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work of the organization truly does save lives.

    Cons

    The management team of the Mid Atlantic states leaves much to be desired. It would make much more sense to have like size cities grouped together for the purpose of success comparisons.

    Advice to Management

    You should recognize that every market doesn't have the mindset of a Charlotte market. The small rural towns require a different finesse that larger cities. The expectations of both the volunteers and contributors is very different in smaller towns. Management should be more open to listening to the people of a given market and flexible to work within their comfort areas as opposed to being so set in stone to do fund raise the "corporate" way.


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