Large, effective organization, spotty culture
MARKETING RESEARCH SPECIALIST (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – February 1, 2018
I enjoyed my time at ALSAC. It's a first-rate organization that's growing every year my every metric--geographically, number of employees, and most importantly in terms of fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Opportunities for advancement abound, and, although I didn't get them as a contractor, it provides excellent pay and benefits for a nonprofit.
There's certainly a culture of high performance, strategic thinking, collaboration and people first at ALSAC, however, at such a large organization, it shows up to different degrees depending on what department/team you're in, and depending on management. The most consistent factor I can point to is that everyone is religiously nice. The term ALSAC-nice gets tossed around a lot. On the other hand, two other culture pillars, "innovative" and "without silos," were not as consistent in my experience. Although I would assume they do great work, the innovation team is small and has trouble disseminating information through the organization. Also, because of the organization's size, departments rarely tend to operate "without silos." Having said that, it's great that leadership has prioritized these culture pillars as ideals to strive for, and if the organization keeps growing and drawing talent like it has, maybe it will fall into place.