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Alzheimer's Society Reviews

Updated 17 July, 2018
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Alzheimer's Society Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes
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Pros
  • "A great place to work and so privileged to be helping a people affected by dementia" (in 9 reviews)

  • "staff have genuine desire to make a difference" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Overambitious strategy with a focus on numbers rather than outcomes for people affected by dementia" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Quality of line management is variable across the organisation (I'm lucky, my line manager is ace but others definitely aren't)" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great cause to be a part of

    Cons

    Burnout affects employees due to industry


  2. "High Turnover rate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    Friendly HR
    Nice view of CN Tower

    Cons

    Located in a messy neighborhood with construction

  3. "Great place to work (if you're in the right team)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic cause, exciting and ambitious vision, great office, inspirational volunteers, good level of pay, good extra-curricular social scene

    Cons

    Sometimes change isn't handled very well, some people find it difficult to progress within the Society and have to find progression elsewhere, no performance related pay/pay bands

    Advice to Management

    Reduce brain drain and losing experienced staff members by encouraging them more to stay- many people get fed up and find fewer and fewer reasons to stay.


  4. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    Diversity of projects, good training opportunities

    Cons

    Internal politics and no options to step up


  5. "Leading charity with excellent ambitions!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leading the charity sector thanks to it's innovation and ability to push boundaries
    Large fundraising team with a wealth of experience

    Cons

    Lazy line management that went under the radar for too long

    Advice to Management

    Better line management and an understanding of the importance of development and progression to enhance people's career's within the Society. Each time progression was attempted, it was always blocked and no real explanation given or opportunities to grow experience and knowledge to help with progression. Have chosen to leave the Society due to this reason, as there was no real pathway for Community Fundraiser's to progress into a management role


  6. "Great commitment and culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Genuine commitment to improving the lives of people with dementia.

    Collegiate and cooperative working culture.

    Enthusiastic approach to equality and diversity in its workforce.

    Cons

    Head office over capacity.

    Can struggle with coordination of activities when embarking upon projects without formally assigning a project manager.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen the project management team and associated project initiation processes.


  7. "changing the landscape of dementia..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    - people really care about the Society and put people affected by dementia at the heart of everything they do
     - high energy, creative and innovative
     - senior management are accessible and approachable
     - you know you are making a difference in changing the landscape of dementia forever
     - good benefits and supportive flexible working environment (different working patterns, hours, working from home etc)

    Cons

    - sometimes overly ambitious and want to do it all - capacity and delivery can be an issue
     - decision making isn't always as clear as you might like
     - sometimes there is just too much going on at the same time and it makes it hard to constantly re-prioritise

    Advice to Management

    - keep listening to both employees and volunteers on how to do things even better and keep updated on progress made
    - the Society is full of people who go above and beyond, but capacity is an issue and people will tire eventually, so balance is key

    Alzheimer's Society Response

    23 Mar, 2018 – .

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. We really appreciate your feedback.

  8. "Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    Good salary for sector, strong intra-team dynamic

    Cons

    So large, fundraising feels disjointed.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed blessings"

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    Current Employee - Memory Adviser in Poole, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Memory Adviser in Poole, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Emotionally rewarding work overall and lovely people. Good training offered.

    Cons

    HR are only interested in saving money and do not value individual employees. Low staff morale resulting in high turnover of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Actually value those people on the front-line and perhaps there wouldn't be such a constant turnover of staff.


  10. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Licality Administrator in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Licality Administrator in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are great and they have a vision and strive to get there.

    Cons

    Expectations are often OTT and often not achievable in their timelines.

    Advice to Management

    Communication can be vastly improved.


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