March of Dimes Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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Jennifer L. Howse
14 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 (4)

    Can't recommend...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY

    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

    Some of the money raised does support research and the organization provides emotional comfort and a community for families who have lost babies or had preemie babies.

    Cons

    It's a depressing place to work - funds are down, morale is down, there is no inspiring leadership. The message is "don't worry" but everyone's worrying. Offices are closing, some states have had mass firings. Smart and skilled people at the national office are bailing. No one seems to know how to fix it. Too many funds are wasted, staff are pressured to donate, it's like everyone's ashamed of the reality. The chapters are really badly abused. It's not right how they're treated and unsupported. There are no career opportunities at all.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul or grab a lifejacket because we're all going overboard.


  2. Helpful (6)

    You'll feel like you're taking crazy pills

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    Former Employee - Community Director
    Former Employee - Community Director

    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

    An important mission that is sometimes put first. And research money actually does help contrary to some opinions.

    Cons

    Terrible managers that give you no zero administrative support. You do the jobs of 5 people and get in trouble for not being in the office while simultaneously not being out in the field selling. They will expect you to work 80 hours and get paid for 40 while also contributing to the cause from your own family and paycheck. Inadequate to no training at all. Training that does exist is a waste of time and resources. Managers have no idea what goes on on the ground and force you to spend time in performance calls that waste even more time. Expectations are not only unrealistic, they are impossible without some sort of wizardry. Dinosaurs do not listen to any innovative fundraising ideas; instead your job is threatened for suggesting a new approach other than a dumb walk. All events are expected to be conducted for free or next to nothing, therefore they always look cheap and skimpy. The overall impression to donors and volunteers is that the organization is caving, and it absolutely will if it continues this way. Reorganization currently happening will not help without an entire change in the company culture. Zero room for upward movement as most offices are only 2 people.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and let professionals do a good job with fundraising. Plenty of people know how to do it; let them. Don't expect 1 person to do the jobs of 5. It's impossible, demoralizing, and sets you up for failure while not admitting that it is a failing proposition.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Disgrace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Development
    Former Employee - Director of Development

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

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

    Pros

    I need five words: None.

    Cons

    Mission is a big lie. They do absolutely zero to hinder the rate of premature birth besides some ineffective education programs in low income communities and pamphlets at hospitals. Money paid to research is a money pit because the factors involved in premature birth are so vast it is actually something that CANNOT be prevented enmass. Employees/management actually joke that the mission exists to create jobs and put on conferences (which are gross misuses of money and cost millions). Shame on you. What is it like to be an employee? An embarrassment of harassment where middle management has nowhere to turn and ideas for improvement are looked at as insubordination. Upper management (EDs, Regional Directors, etc) are complete DIVAS that ride around in Limo Service vehicles and treat everyone under them as morons and serfs. In short would I ever work there again? Not for any amount of money on the planet.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and start over. When there is an idea from the staff give it a chance to grow (without new ideas you WILL fold). When there is a problem address it head on, stop continuously losing great career professionals with extreme passion and track records of success because you are too concerned with your 401K.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Run, Don't Walk

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    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)


  7. Helpful (3)

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Not a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  10. Helpful (4)

    WORST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  11. Helpful (4)

    Dying brand with lack of focus and donor stewardship.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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