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"Probably the worst mistake in my professional career-RUN don't walk away."

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

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

Pros

Great volunteers, worthy mission, good pay for a non profit, great PTO and benefits

Cons

They hours are unbelievable, no work life balance, "mean girl" mentality management style, micromanaging atmosphere. There is no growth potential. There is never enough and the company has become greed driven.

Advice to Management

Stop looking for more and more. Appreciate your people more, appreciate your volunteers more, stop booking lake side rooms for management meetings and start putting the money towards the mission. Listen to your staff, many have great ideas and concepts. Stop taking them for granted and see how low your attrition can go! When people reach out and want to do more, stay longer, and work with you, listen to them.

Other Employee Reviews for American Heart Association

  1. Helpful (16)

    "At first working at American Heart Association is one of the best things that I have ever decided, but THE WORST."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A few GENUINE employees that I have met and been introduced and I literally didn't work under them (wish had more opportunity to collaborate).

    Cons

    The worst. They make you feel under appreciated to the maximum. In the end, once they are done with the event and money has been raised, they don't give a $%!#. To this day, I still didn't understand, the people that I worked VERY closely with...still didn't seem to say "THANK YOU" GENUINELY and APPRECIATE for what you do overall. Would you want to work for a company like that? Past Reviews say it all...

    Advice to Management

    It is really sad when I was personally PASSIONATE about working for this company and trying to GROW long term and the fact that I have been personally dealt with Heart Disease and come from a family of Cardiologists and still treat me UNJUST on a professional level makes me SICK and personally gives me "heart palpitations". I have worked for other non-profits before but AHA is the worst particularly in this division demographically. No punt intended but there are other non-profits that really are great around the world and how can you tell..."VOLUNTEER DRIVEN"...on a side note.

    Advice? Hmmm...

    1. What do you VALUE? You may have a mission statement, but what are your "values" in your company?
    2. It's not just Who you know...but also "what you know". THINK about it.
    3. MANAGE your employees overall. If you are a full time employee, part time employee, or a temporary employee or just a contract employee. Treat your employees as you would treat your best customers. Maybe working for a non-profit company would make life just a little easier, right?
    4. Culture - Whats good for the company and for the customers and your donors come TOGETHER and they all become the driving force behind your mission/vision/goals and aspirations of the company. Keep on talking, but ACTION speak louder than words.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Great Coworkers, TERRIBLE BOSSES"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Heart Association full-time

    Pros

    Co-Workers are awesome! Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Management in completely skewed and myopic in their ideologies and what they consider to be 'good' work from lower level employees. A Director and or Admin could be performing at what other companies would consider to be excellent or good, but this same work will be scored at average or fair. It is almost as though management is trying to 'incentivize' the employee to work even more by giving them lower scores on their performance reviews when in fact they deserve more (at least my manager operated this way). However, there are some employees who don't even get dressed for work and come in their pajamas and these very employees are protected in some sick and twisted manner by the SVP that manages him or her.

    It feels as though upper level management (Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Executive Vice President) are completely far removed from the average worker bees. Hell should freeze over before you arrive 10 mins after 8:30AM. Management somehow loves to disregard the late nights, weekends and extra time put in by threatening EXEMPT workers to be at work before 8:30AM. As if 60-70 hours per week were not enough??!! Apparently management bonuses or salaries are completely dependent on the VPs hitting their internal GOAL WINS. These Goal Wins are self-imposed rules made up by the Heart Association to make employees work 60-70 hour work weeks at the salary of a semi decent non-profit. You will hear it over and over again as if it were some sort of creed that has been passed down to them by the EVP and SVPs.

    Management likes to talk a lot about culture this and culture that--but the VPs are the very individuals that have political agendas to stick by, red tape to adhere to and their little games intoxicate the culture of the organization. If a volunteer does not want to volunteer, somehow it ends up being the employees fault, as if we had control of volunteer schedules. The moment you contradict the culture or ask for the Christmas party (yes, I said Christmas party!!!) to be called a Holiday party, management and the lower level minions will treat you as if you should be the next person in line to be executed or stoned to death.

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