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Alzheimer's Society Reviews

Updated 19 January 2019
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  • "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 4 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Charity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoy my current role as a Dementia Support Worker. I feel privileged to be involved with such a fantastic organisation making a real difference to people affected by dementia and their carers. I have a wonderful team of colleagues and my line manager is incredibly supportive.

    Cons

    Speaking as a young professional, career progression is slower in a locality office compared to London as there are fewer roles available.


  2. "Cliques and bullies. Too corporate, no personalisation for local teams. Great brand but behind the scenes is terrible."

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

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worthwhile cause and some good people in it.

    Cons

    Bullying from higher management. I worked closely with some of them and saw emails about me to other .embers of staff. Had to hand in my notice because of the bullying. Never raised it formally because I just wanted to get out of there. I worked for a director so I know the behind the scenes 'work'

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, make it less corporate. I've worked in a number of charities and AS is by far one of the worst. The personalisation is taken out of the charity now

  3. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The job was well paid

    Cons

    Don't feel part of what is being accomplished


  4. "Trust & Statutory Fundraising Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice location of office, friendly people

    Cons

    line manager was quite shortsighted and narrow-minded. or else it was fine.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you’re male"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in London, England
    Former Employee - Middle Management in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The cause is such a poignant one and on a local level they do some fantastic work

    Cons

    It is very cliquey, people often aren’t recognised for their work and there is a culture of promoting lapdogs rather than people with the most experience and who would be best suited to a role. If you quietly accept more work it is assumed that you can take on more and more and many people are stretched to breaking point.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty should be important but you need to acknowledge people who just get on with their work and at have different perspectives on issues, not just those who stay late and make a big fuss about agreeing with everything you say.
    Also, look at the male dominance at the top of a heavily female workplace demographic- this ‘old boys club’ needs to change to better reflect who works within the organisation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely charity but wellbeing will depend on your manager"

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    Current Employee - Side By Side Coordinator
    Current Employee - Side By Side Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff are passionate and dedicated
    Flexible working may be available (depending on your manager)
    Mileage reimbursed
    Interesting work
    Lots of in-house training

    Cons

    Staff undervalued by management
    Service managers can be so absent that you feel you have no manager
    High workload and impossible to reach targets with minimal funding or investment
    Staff complaints not acted upon

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and be a shining example!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Generally good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    TIme off in lieu policy for overnight stays

    Cons

    Some poor management and culture

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A well-balanced organisation"

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    Former Employee - Communications in London, England
    Former Employee - Communications in London, England

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, proactive teams, friendly place

    Cons

    Changes within teams and uncertainties


  9. "Great organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong brand, clear mission and really lovely staff with lots of opportunity to get involved in volunteering.

    Cons

    Not much room for progression and it is a charity so you find that some people stay in the organisation when they should have moved on years ago.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alzheimer's Society full-time

    Pros

    Many friendly staff
    Room to progress

    Cons

    Very hierarchical
    Very few bonuses or perks
    Little opportunity to network with other teams
    Too corporate

    Advice to Management

    Reduce numbers of management and create more consistency amongst wages