March of Dimes Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Jennifer L. Howse
12 Ratings

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
  • Makes for work/life balance difficult (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very worthy cause - preventing infant mortality.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy management. No admin support. Inordinate amount of time spent on coherence calls and admin work. Antiquated fundraising model. Lots of divas. Extremely high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals. Get a new model. Elongate endless bureaucracy.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Run, Don't Walk

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in White Plains, NY

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    March of Dimes did great things 50 years ago so there's a pretty cool history to the organization... now they say they help families with support and research. They actually only help families with "emotional support" AKA booklets and blankets, and only gives about 1/5 of the $100M+ they raise to actual research. The rest is eaten up by a bloated regional infrastructure, an unnecessary number of employees in direct response, and the 10+ SVP/VPs they have.

    Cons

    Where to begin? The President has been at March of Dimes for almost 3 decades, she's completely out of touch and controls the Board. Top leadership in general continues to hire consulting firms to give feedback they ignore. Employees are badgered to fundraise and give portions of their salaries to March of Dimes. Embarrassingly bad fundraising practices like robocalling, dime mailings, and door-to-door campaigns have donors abandoning the organization left and right - all in the name of the babies they "save." There's absolutely no room for growth. The people at the top stay there, and any good positions are replaced with new hires. Throughout the time I was there I think one person got "promoted" and it was to a job they were already doing and they just got a title change, not a meaningful pay raise. There's toxicity in the air at the national headquarters. Anyone with meaningful skills and common sense abandons the organization once they realize it's tanking. The biggest, though, is how sad it is that an organization with this much reach, that was once so beloved by America, has the potential to make a difference and instead is failing to keep up with the times and is more obsessed with making financial targets than with making any kind of meaningful impact.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the focus on fundraising for the sake of fundraising! Take a serious look at your programs and how you're actually helping people. Otherwise, this organization is going to tank in 5 years, max. And for the love of sanity, someone make Dr. Howse retire.

    Also for anyone job hunting, don't let the "average" organization rating fool you. Most of the 5 star reviews are from interns and volunteers (no offense to them - but for first-timers they may not realize that there are other, better causes out there)


  3. Helpful (2)

    Terrible Uneducated Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes

    Pros

    The cause is good and the schedule is somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    My director was uneducated and provided no support whatsoever. There is no training at all. Also, very little money actually goes to research. Most money raised goes to salaries and upkeep.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Every donor should ask specifically how their dollars are spent in their community. They aren't.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Community Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of a darn thing.

    Cons

    Too many to mention... from leadership at National that believe being in their position for 30 years is a good thing (can you say non-innovative, stale, stuck in the 1970s) to salaries that are pathetic.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great cause, highly rated for funds going to research
    People helped are so appreciative

    Cons

    Too many layers
    No autonomy
    Very cumbersome systems
    Lack of resources and support to get the job
    Done
    Extremely high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Too much to list


  7. Helpful (3)

    WORST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Director in Sayreville, NJ
    Former Employee - Community Director in Sayreville, NJ

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    CHANGE YOUR WAYS


  8. Helpful (4)

    Terrible Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Important Mission, Horrible management - - -

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    WORST JOB EVER!!!!!! Not worth the headache!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Arlington, VA

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of the organization.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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



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