March of Dimes

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March of Dimes Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
80 Reviews
2.9
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Jennifer L. Howse
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • March of Dimes has a great mission to help save the lives of babies (in 8 reviews)

  • After polio, MOD moved to birth defects, and later to pre-term birth (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance isn't so great, especially around March for Babies season (in 4 reviews)

  • Need to address the high turnover rate, costing the organization millions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive....barely. There really are no more positives at all about this organization.

    Cons

    Where to begin. The organization is a joke when it comes to money being raised going anywhere except its own pockets. Spends millions on pointless seminars and gatherings. Management only cares about the preservation of themselves as opposed to making sure the office is run properly. Also, management could not be more condescending. It is rampant across the country where management (executive directors, state directors, etc) look down on those in positions below theirs. These are facts that cannot be ignored and after my short time there would NEVER be a part of anything March of Dimes related again. They are like the Wizard of Oz...No Heart, No Brains!, and No Courage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve problems internally by actually solving the problem. Nonprofits are not supposed to be run like corporations with robotic management that are quick to point blame away from themselves and treat employees like they are line items instead of people. Actually do some good with the millions you raise!! You don't do a damn thing but pay yourselves great salaries, throw yourselves great parties and vacations, and claim to tackle a problem that is too diverse in cause to be of any help whatsoever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    WORST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Director in Sayreville, NJ
    Former Employee - Community Director in Sayreville, NJ

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only good thing I could say about The March of Dimes is the MISSION.

    Cons

    Beyond Terrible Management
    No real training- The March for Babies Basics Training wasn't helpful.
    No guidance or help
    Under-compensated
    Mistreated
    Under-Appreciated
    Complete Dysfunction
    No Room for growth
    HIGH turnover
    Inconsistent standards
    Things never change for the good they don't do things logically so it hurts the company.
    Stressful
    There is no aspect of being a team player.
    They mistreat/over exhaust volunteers- they take them for granted.
    ITS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHANGE YOUR WAYS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Dying brand with lack of focus and donor stewardship.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    Vacation time, if you get the opportunity to use it.

    Cons

    Constant turnover, less than competitive pay, work-life balance was way off, unrealistic goals and boiler-room fear driven sales mentality. March of Dimes has clearly been losing revenue and major donors over the past several years. The foundation has lost focus of building relationships and is more focused on "get the dollars in the door however you can as fast as you can" and that greedy attitude drove away a lot of our major and long-time donors. When you have Kmart as one of your largest partners, it's like having the titanic as your lifeboat. The values of this organization fostered a culture of negativity across our whole state. Over 2/3 of the entire state's workforce has resigned in the last 18 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a major deep dive into your donor stewardship culture, relationships ultimately win, desperation and greed is not flattering. Focus on the immense redundancy of your data management tools, CRM, and reporting.. a lot of unnecessary double-entry and inefficient processes. SPEND MONEY ON ADVERTISING, nobody knows what you do and media partnerships get you bus shelters and billboards right in the areas of town where you're most likely to reach the people that have the least to give. Pay your community directors competitively with other non-profits. It's costing you more to hire and train sub-par people for the same position every 12 months than it would be to hire a good person who will stay, that is just common sense. Develop an on boarding program that consists of more than a checklist and a few short videos. Finally, the most important.. lead with positivity and integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Important Mission, Horrible management - - -

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    After polio, MOD moved to birth defects, and later to pre-term birth. Focus on having a 'healthy' full-term pregnancy is a admirable/positive goal.

    Cons

    Lip service, at best, is made to the MOD's public mission. HUGE emphasis on fundraising even for the non-fundraising staff. The organization was spread all over the state, so you either spent time traveling or on the phone constantly. Executive level managers played favorites and had their 'cliche'. In the cliche, you were golden, outside the cliche, you had a target on your back. Poor executive leadership at the state level. Employers are expected to make contributions back to the organization. If you at in a upper level position, you're expected to contribute $1,000 of your salary annually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some 'real' leadership skills and don't pay lip service to it. Train/support the fundraising employees and respect the mission and the programs that support the mission. Programmatic activity should not be considered a 'cost' center. Build partnerships and stop being territorial. MCH is a tough field with many organiztions working toward the same goal. Step back the strong emphasis on fundraising and focus on why the funds are being raised. Stop expecting the only 'good' volunteers are those who bring in major funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    WORST JOB EVER!!!!!! Not worth the headache!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Arlington, VA

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization.

    Cons

    Everything. Worst job ever!!!! They will work you like a slave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough staff, pay better, update your technology.

    No work/life balance.... Will find yourself working from home.

    Senior Management only care about dollars!

    No diversity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old Fashion management with a mission employees try to support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at March of Dimes (more than an year)

    Pros

    Help reduce birth defects and infant mortality - their research seems solid and recognized.

    Cons

    Development approach lacks innovation, current thinking, and very poor morale. New employees are committed to the mission only to get burned out quickly by poor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop team approach and take away old fashioned top down hierarchy-style management. Listen to middle management!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company has a good history with their participation in the fight against polio.

    Cons

    Too many to count. High overhead, lack of concern about employees, low pay, bad management, tacky fundraising practices, etc., etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    By Management, I mean the National Board: Overhaul the entire management team. Bad HR, bad managers with outright illegal and immoral practices. And no, I wasn't fired. I was executive level and left because I didn't want to be part of this problem organization anymore. I feel they say one thing and do another and do not really care about the mission. I'm giving this company one star but only because I can't give lower. I have an entire career of working in nonprofit organizations and this is, by many magnitudes, the worst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst experience I've ever had

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the Mission but it is lost in the make money at all cost mentality

    Cons

    This was the worst experience I have ever had. They provide absolutely no training, no procedures and no documentation exists, which is shocking considering this is a national organization that is 75 years old. You are expected to pay for many company expenses and then you will be reimbursed but it can take up to 6 weeks. Given the pay is so low how can they expect people to live like that? This is not disclosed until after you take the job. You will be required to rack up hundreds of miles a month on your personal car but are not reimbursed for insurance or wear and tear. You are expected to work lots of overtime none of which is compensated or comped.
    WORKING HERE YOU WILL LOSE MONEY! The management is non-existent and untrained, they broke numerous employment laws but since HR is in NY they don't even know they are doing it. Directors have no experience working with or managing staff and it shows, constant nasty negative emails made me feel sick to open my email everyday. You will be expected to solicit everyone you know for donations and hounded about everyone you know and will they give. They will also steal all of the best sponsors and donors for themselves even if it means you will not meet your goals. Please believe all of the reviews on here, I didn't and regret having been associated with this organization at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train directors in how to work with staff and employment laws. Think about how much time/money people spend using their own cars, covering expenses and actually reimburse them for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working here has ruined my career, no one will touch me now.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Seattle, WA

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission is good until I found out that its only to stuff the Board and Presidents pockets with their retirement money.

    Cons

    Everything. No support for your job, reviews are terrible. No moving upward unless you are related or sleep with someone. The old boys club runs this org, problem is they are all women who have been there for 30+ years. This place is stuck in the 1950's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all of upper management and get out of bed with your insurance company. My premiums were twice as high that a small family run business I was with before joining MOD. No one knows who you are anymore, because they don't believe in advertising. No one wants to walk anymore, grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Negative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at March of Dimes

    Pros

    Good Pay, pleasant co-workers, wonderful stated mission.

    Cons

    A Pittsburgh supervisor did not know who Jonas Salk was or the role the University of Pittsburgh played in the development of the March of Dimes polio vaccine. None of my supervisors could tell me what specific research the March of Dimes was funding in Pittsburgh -- it took me several months to find out myself. They should realize that many donors are not interested in supporting organizations that do not know their history or current funding. Most of the PA supervisors had backgrounds in sales and knew next to nothing about maternal and child health.

    I was hired for a temporary position. When I was about 7 weeks away from ending my assignment with the March of Dimes I was hired by another PA nonprofit to work on improving public policy in order to provide better perinatal health care to incarcerated women in PA. Improving perinatal health care and preventing adverse birth outcomes is supposed to be the mission of the March of Dimes. The new job was supportive of my finishing my time at the March of Dimes. Yet when I asked to flex my time to take an occasional phone call or attend one meeting during my last 7 weeks I was fired by the PA state director for not "putting my full attention on the March of Dimes."

    Then the PA March of Dimes insisted that I had voluntarily quit and not been fired when sending communications to the national office. In short, they lied about what they did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At one time the March of Dimes was a great organization which did much for the public good. Now the atmosphere is only about raising money. Only one employee of dozens throughout the state does any kind of educational or public policy work. Many potential donors realize this. The March of Dimes needs to pay attention to its mission again, be collaborative with other organizations who truly work to improve perinatal health, and educate its staff better. In short, it needs to quit making fund raising an end to itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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