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Genetic Alliance Reviews

Updated January 17, 2017
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  1. "In sum: Great place to gain experience, caring staff, but senior management a bit impulsive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    -great benefits/work environment (casual dress, pets allowed, gym membership)
    -very lenient work from home policy
    -competitive pay
    -caring staff
    -nurtured professional growth
    -phenomenal location
    -"appreciation" days

    Cons

    -senior management changes their mind a lot on strategic approaches
    -required "focus" readings/meetings
    -9 hour days
    -priorities of senior management outweigh general practice/efficiency when they come into conflict

    Advice to Management

    Personally, I believe if there were more established practices and routines, the staff, day to day efficiency, and morale level would improve.


  2. "Great place to grow"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Genetic Alliance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to gain responsibility and experience.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment where many employees lack work-life balance and ability to say no to more work.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Genetic Alliance in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern - Genetic Alliance in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    unique experience, lots of intellectual freedom, employess at every level truly contribute to the organization and its future, definitely worth it!

    Cons

    low salary, lots of projects - must be a multi-tasker to enjoy working here, no private offices unless you are a VP or higher

    Advice to Management

    you provide a phenomenal work environment. schedule could be a little more organized for employess and interns. make intern expectations very clear from the start.


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  5. "Summer Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is great. Employer did their best to help intern through their work.

    Cons

    Nothing really bad about the company


  6. "Exercise caution before working here"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As others noted, the flexibility here is great and lets people set schedules that work for them. Dress code is casual and many of the employees are hard-working, friendly people. The organization supports positive goals and gives employees a lot of freedom. GA tries to be involved in many endeavors, so it's often interesting. Some people loved it here.

    Cons

    When I was there the company was going through a lot of change and employee/project turnover. Many projects were terminated partway through or were not adequately supported for success. There didn't seem to be an overall strategy to anything. In fact, management seemed proud of how agile the company tried to be, while glossing over many instances of overpromising and underdelivering. I wish there would have been a stronger commitment to following evidence, data, and good science.

    I think it's a good potential place to start a career, but I've certainly worked at places that were far more professionally fulfilling and better at getting good work done. While I was there several employees were targeted and were prevented from being successful in their roles, seemingly in ways unconnected to their actual job performance. The CEO is often off site, and her brusque management style can be harmful.

    Advice to Management

    Support employees for success. Scheduling flexibility is great, but also consider how to build people's skills instead of letting them randomly succeed or fail. SMART goals and adequate reviews would be very helpful. Less time on expensive company retreats without goals and more time being thoughtful about how to spend people's energy. Management could demonstrate more respect for employee's efforts and less capriciousness.


  7. "Genetic Alliance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, Busy nonprofit doing great work for patient advocacy

    Cons

    Small Company, each employee has a lot of responsibilities


  8. "Former Intern to Full-time Staff Member"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genetic Alliance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive and collaborative environment. Abundance of opportunities to learn new skills and develop professionally. Staff members are incredibly supportive. Weekly "check-ins" to discuss personal and professional updates which allows for transparency.

    Cons

    Fast-paced working environment may prove difficult for those who do not work well under strict deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Consider reaching out to previous interns when looking to hire for entry level positions


  9. "Great coworkers, great experience, internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mentoring
    People at work
    Interesting work
    Public service

    Cons

    Occasionally inefficient
    sometimes can be disorganized


  10. "Fabulous organization!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genetic Alliance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Like a start up company - working hard with little resources
    Excellent culture and commitment to it
    Great mission
    Strong focus on staff personal development

    Cons

    Hard work, requires a lot from each individual
    Everyone contributes to the creation of the culture - it is not superimposed
    Not a linear hierarchical organization - each person must find their own structures

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great focus on people, it has served you well!


  11. "Bad Management - Don't Work Here!"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Because the office is small, you will get a large amount of responsibility which can be great for someone just out of college

    Cons

    The management is awful. Employees that are disliked are targeted. Genetic Alliance is trying to do far too much with too few resources. Half the staff are very unhappy and this unhappiness is addressed through "sharing feelings" at staff meetings, where staff are told off if they do not share their feelings. Despite being a nonprofit "based" in science, the employees know little about science and have little desire to learn.


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