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Updated Aug 30, 2021

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2.9
42%
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JDRF President and CEO Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D.
Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D.
40 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 28 reviews)

  • "The organization has a great mission(in 23 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "All this change was inevitable (and JDRF is not alone in this, certainly)(in 19 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. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      It was a rewarding experience knowing you were making an impact.

      Aug 5, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Building relationships with the families that were impacted.

      Cons

      At times it was a high stress position. Large area to cover.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      It's Ok

      Aug 30, 2021 - Outreach Coordinator in Nashville, TN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fulfilling work, and sometimes your coworkers are awesome.

      Cons

      A lot of nonprofit red tape. Mandating the vaccine pretty early on, which in my opinion was unnecessary. Mission seems to be shifting.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great organization, great mission

      Aug 11, 2021 - Director in Columbia, SC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      JDRF is an impactful, mission driven organization that can account for every dollar spent and demonstrate impact.

      Cons

      The nationalized structure makes it difficult for managers to understand the communities in which the chapters work and fundraise. Best practices and guidance, while helpful, cannot always be a one size fits all but it is highly encouraged to follow the same practices as chapters in much larger cities.

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Too much internal competition

      Aug 20, 2021 - Project Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Mission driven - very caring about improving the lives of patients. Strong advocacy and fundraising efforts.

      Cons

      Very formal culture. No compassion for colleagues (if you are not incredibly formal internally, you are reprimanded) You are expected to do 60-70 hours a week, and if you do not, you are considered a failure - the benefits do not compensate for the long hours.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good Mission, Needs Improvement for Employee Appreciation

      Jun 4, 2021 - Development Manager in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Mission Excellent volunteer support Feels like I contribute to the big picture frequently All funding truly goes to mission

      Cons

      No endowment = no emergency fund to sustain their operational costs, including their employees Poor communication & organization from the top down Technology is lacking, especially their CRM best practices Benefits are good, but could be better for an international organization Their HR department is improving with their new Chief Human Resources Officer, but she has a lot of work to do

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Employee Beware

      Jul 26, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Mission driven organization doing great work.

      Cons

      Narrow-minded leadership who doesn’t have the needs of the employees at heart. Top-heavy with little concern for growth and while the C-suite is enjoying cushy jobs, they have little regard for the people doing the hard work. It’s a toxic work environment.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Just Don't!

      Jun 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      dedicated volunteers, engaged program participants, worthy cause

      Cons

      Not enough staff means working 60-70 + hours a week. Mostly just to keep your boss happy and try to meet/exceed revenue goals. If you work here, make sure your first priority is making your boss like you. Most important. JDRF monitors everything you do and evaluates the time you take to complete a task. Keyboard strokes, telephone calls, etc. Very invasive. Even if you meet/exceed goals, you will be nitpicked about your use of time. Don't waste time engaging with anyone other than your boss.. Also, JDRF doesn't care about programs/services they say are available. The programs they have are just for marketing that they help so people will donate and fundraise. People, other than to give or raise donations, mean nothing. When goals are met, they're constantly increased (by a lot). Good is never good enough. Huge staff turnover because they don't care about employees or anyone else. This is a money making business packaged as a nonprofit, which pays huge salaries and bonuses to leadership. However, until you get way up the Food Chain, you will be constantly harassed to do more. No matter how much you exceed goals. They just move the mark and focus on what they deem your shortcomings. Its about being liked.. Burn out job. No loyalty to employees. Always ready to throw employees under the bus. Hard pass on this organization.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Problems behind the scenes

      Jun 29, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      JDRF funds critical research that helps, and will help, so many people

      Cons

      -JDRF claims to be volunteer focused but what they don't disclose is volunteers are only valued if they have deep pockets. -Ethical boundaries are pushed in order to achieve fundraising goals. -The disconnect of senior leadership to chapters is astounding. -The way in which JDRF handled the covid-19 crisis is embarrassing.

      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work!

      May 3, 2021 - Development Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work-life balance, great benefits, fun events, caring coworkers!

      Cons

      Nonprofit world can be difficult when the market gets rough.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Hard Work with Meaning

      Apr 21, 2021 - Development Coordinator in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great cause, lovely volunteers, opportunities to learn new things

      Cons

      Recently downsized, event prep can be stressful, not a lot of room for upward movement

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