JDRF Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2020

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3.4
65%
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JDRF President and CEO Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D.
Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D.
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "I've been part of JDRF for close to a year now and it has been by far the best work experience I've had in my career(in 24 reviews)

  • "Great people to work with, great work environment, great mission(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "You just get the auto-responder "X is no longer at JDRF"(in 17 reviews)

  • "National departments are very cliquey and do not listen to the advice of donors or staff(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working under IT has been a great experience for me, significant changes have occurred under the leadership of our current CTO that would never have occurred under previous leadership and team. Our current CTO has demonstrated care, respect and loyalty to all his dedicated employees. The entire IT department fights for the mission and cause of JDRF

    Cons

    manager to employee performance reviews need to improve

  2. "Company that cares for its employees wellbeing"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    executive level cares for lower chapter level employees, great benefits including vacation days to make up for lower salary, flexible schedules, many trainings to promotive professional development.

    Cons

    National slow to respond to chapter level concerns, many IT issues which are slow to resolve, low pay

  3. "Mission driven employees, but slow moving processes"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most people are dedicated to the mission and willing to do what ever it takes to get things done.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic org, so things take a long time to be approved. Volunteers can be cliquey. Almost impossible to move up unless your direct manager leaves.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great organization with unbelievable potential!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great organization with a great mission. You really feel that your work directly impacts lives of people with T1D. I feel that I am fully utilizing my skills every day supporting our volunteers and donors. Good work environment and amazing new offices in the heart of New York City. The CEO is very transparent in his thinking and has a great vision for the organization. He thinks people first and has made all accommodations to keep the incredible health insurance we have available to our team mates that have been furloughed. We have been really fortunate to pivot to work from home in a blink. The transition couldn't be easier thanks to our Technology group. Great forward thinking!

    Cons

    There is still some legacy thinking still there even after furloughs.

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  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Great Organization, Great Technology Team!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing environment and great staff , I've been part of JDRF for close to a year now and it has been by far the best work experience I've had in my career. The technology department under went a major restructure when I joined and I became acclimated to the work culture and my colleagues very quickly. It's a true work family and I'm grateful to the CTO for his leadership, without the restructure and new technology the entire Organization would have found it difficult to handle the COVID-19 pandemic . If it wasn't for the leadership and foresight of our CTO and technology team JDRF may have been deeply impacted from this current global crisis. I've also noticed some really harsh and negative reviews on here directed toward our technology department, not sure where this is coming from but it seems like people have become bitter due to the recent organizational downsizing. JDRF will continue to thrive because of the strength of our donors and the importance of our cause, to find a cure for T1D #Strongertogether

    Cons

    None that I have to report

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "JDRF Great Organization to work for!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Projects in Northeast, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Even though JDRF has been going through a very difficult time over the past few weeks, the staff and volunteers have been able to come together to develop strategies for success in spite of the current crises. We are a family at JDRF and truly are #StrongerTogether. Thanks to our CEO Aaron Kowaski and CTO Sri Mishra for their vision and leadership during this time. Our Technology department has done an outstanding job making our transition to work from home as smooth and seamless as possible. They've given the chapter staff the necessary tech tools such as new laptops, calendar, MS Teams and much more to help us with our every day fundraising efforts and we are seeing many great outcomes because of this. Thank You Aaron, Sri and the rest of our leadership team!

    Cons

    I think chapters would achieve greater levels of success if they were able to make event/fundraising decisions on a local level instead of relying on the huge National Events team which often slows down chapters.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Worst company to work for, no ethics and humongous corruption within Technology team and with Vendors"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at JDRF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Noble cause at the end of the day, contributing in making the lives better.

    Cons

    I will talk about the Tech team where I worked with. JDRF had wonderful tech teams supporting the cause over the past few years and of late, with the induction of the new executives it has taken an downward spiral. There is lot of corruption and kickbacks that happened and the present CTO was involved in multiple misdeeds. I still wonder why he is working there. Multiple stakeholders have left JDRF for unethical practices. They had kickbacks even with the vendors (Laptop purchases, Software purchases, consultants). The environment is highly vitrioled in nature, you are under constant pressure to deliver and the management team has no clue on setting the right expectations. They want to finish all the projects at the same time by putting unpressured burden on the employees. You will be micromanaged and if you defy their orders, you will be seen as a defractor. It's all - My way or no way approach, even though they have these monthly townhall meetings which is of no use. They cannot take any negative feedback

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Stay Far Away"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JDRF full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working with some great volunteers and leaders.

    Cons

    Staff are asked to make positive reviews on Glassdoor- instead of actually doing something to make the staff happier. Absolutely unstable National Directory and constant Re-Orgs. Regional Staff are incompetent to see where there are real problems in chapters and do not value the time and energy the actual Chapter stuff put in versus the Executive Directors who in many chapters do nothing to support the actual budget. National Walk staff refuse to see that their ideas for the Walk are non-inventive and their "V1P" tents and lanyards after 5 years still aren't making a difference to those who fundraise. Chapter staff are expected to do everything from graphic design, run the local website and social media outlets, large and small event planning, fundraising, sell sponsorships, donor stewardship and problem resolution with most of the time only a staff of 3. National departments are very cliquey and do not listen to the advice of donors or staff. The most salary increase you can get year over year is 3% no matter how hard you've worked or went over your goals. Pay scales are completely all over the place despite "cost of living." Your co-worker in a similar city could be making $10K more than you a year or more. Inefficient and old school mentalities in leadership while we are living in a progressive time. You will meet to meet to death - meetings after meetings. Staff are mentally and emotionally abused, you will never do enough, so why try. You can hit your budget and get a pat on the back and then they come back and tell you to do more. There is literally no break, you are expected to run all events annually despite the crossover in donors and sponsors. So every day you are pulled in every direction possible.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "High Energy !!"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    On a growth trajectory under the new CEO.

    Cons

    JDRF's best days are ahead of it!

  10. Helpful (9)

    "Regional chapters are the punching bags for national staff"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at JDRF full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good mission, passionate volunteers

    Cons

    I want to echo all the reviews siting petty office politics. The people who work for national are incompetent and lazy. They come in and steal the donors you've built relationships with for years. When you have an event that draws the attention of national level staff they start barking orders at you. It feel like you suddenly work under like 20 people who run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Same goes for the EDs and AEDS. They bark out orders but offer no support or guidance. Also, some people play by a different set of rules with regards to working remotely or taking time off. I feel like I never get to take a vacation. I'm always working. But half my office is gone most of the time. The pay isn't good if you are salary. And you are expected to work almost every other weekend. My superiors waltz into the office around 10:30-am to 11:00 and leave shortly after 5. It's impossible to get a hold of client services. If you face a technical issue, you are on your own. They use a million different software systems. Many of which are outdated and not intuitive. National blacks out the calendar so often you can hardly even send a newsletter. I've been pretty depressed since I started here. There is no room for growth and I'm running myself ragged while having my job constantly threatened if I so much as have a typo in an email. Do your self a favor and look elsewhere. I'm trying to get out soon.

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