March of Dimes
2.9 of 5 60 reviews
www.modimes.org White Plains, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

March of Dimes Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014

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Jennifer L. Howse

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good mission but management are not trained to handle staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOverall I had great colleagues, loved working with my team. Time off/Holidays are generous and benefits are great.

    ConsVery little training or insight is provided to staff, there is a sense of sink or swim mentality and for a non-profit organization you can not do this and expect great ROI from the employees. That being said management loves to micromanage, their is a lack of direction to many pet projects exist, people are quick to blame instead of taking responsibility and the company is not very transparent to staff and is very top heavy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is too focused on numbers. The work culture could use a major overhaul to create a more work/life balance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No training, bad management

    Senior Community Director (Former Employee)

    ProsThe core cause of the March of Dimes! All about helping the babies that is the positive.

    ConsNo training!! Sink or swim. If you are not good with computers and a self starter think again. Plan to learn the whole CRM system yourself because your older aged managers will not know how to use it and do not use it. Plan to be micromanaged with an over abundance of meetings to hear people talk and not enough time to get in the field to do the work. March for Babies is everyones responsibility. If you are hired to do other events know you will have multiple saturdays and days during the week doing things to help with the March for Babies event regardless of the needs for your events. When your events arrive you will be left to fend for yourself because they will be working on March for Babies for next year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop having SO many meetings so those of us doing the fundraising and working the events can do our jobs. We do not need so many calls with the so called experts every month then meetings with regionals then meetings with office staff along with all the other board and 4 other event meetings. Our time is limited and we come in early and never leave before 7:30pm at night just to get things done with all the reporting and rereporting.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Primarily just a fundraising organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsAt the ground level, staff is very committed to the mission and passionate about raising funds and awareness

    ConsThe March of Dimes actually does very little, they raise funds, skim a large chunk off the top for administration and then pass that money through to others in the form of grants or political advocacy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some issues with ethics within the organization with several key individuals misconstruing work that outside entities are doing as "March of Dimes" work. If you're going to give grants, you should collect data to validate the impact of your grant programs and the grants should alignly closely with the msision.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Love the mission and our fantastic, research driven programs.

    Community Director (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsOur NICU family support and eddy Bear Den which is an incentive based program to encourage low income mothers to practive safe prenatal care. Wonderful outcomes shared by families.

    ConsManagement!!! Directors are trained to delegate all data collection, fundraising and programs. They aren't required to attend fundraising events or even show knowledge of programs. They observe the work being done and our compensated well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork! Know your programs and be actively involved. We're a non-profit. There should be no superiority complexes. Show your volunteers you know why they are there and be willing to work beside them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great to be a champion for the mission

    State Director (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsOrganization has many laudable accomplishments.

    ConsNot many opportunities for growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a competitve organization. Understand what it takes to recruit and retain top talent,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sad to see an organization go through so much turnover. A lot of great employees have left.

    Director of Development (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe history, mission and volunteers are amazing. I was very proud working for such a well known organization that does so many great things!

    ConsSenior leadership is horrendous. They are dictators and ego driven. There is no support in achieving the goals set and no accountability for them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize you need to develop relationships, too and take some accountability. Stop belittling staff members in front of others. Check your ego at the door - you're not as great as you think you are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of work and dedication with no future.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome in March of Dimes are honestly committed and work very hard to assist parents of and children with birth defects.

    ConsTo move up within this organization is practically impossible, regardless of years working there or the excellence of the work performed. In addition, salaries are low for all the responsibilities employees have.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember to invest in the future. No position is forever.

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    Charity is not all its cracked up to be

    Community Director (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsMarch of Dimes is a grea tplace to work because you really are making a difference in the lives of familes. By working in the communities you haev an opportunity to meet families that have been affected by the MOD. Also, becuase there is a large focus on public health many employees come away knowing a lot more about maternal and infant healthcare.
    Moreover, working at the March of Dimes forced me to speak in front of groups more often and that in turn imrpoved my public speaking skills. Finally, the company did have decent felixibility for salaried employees.

    ConsConstantly fundraising and dealing with new "plans" from management.
    Management was constantly changing tactics or plans to raise money.
    Expectations were often unrealistic, especially in dealing with sales.
    Important changes about the companey were often hidden from employees.Salaries are quite low for the amount of work expected. In order to be successful you almost have to wokr several weekends and non of that time is compensated.

    There is little focus on employment development and although the company says they prefer to hire internally -- hiring is based on personal preferences of managers.

    While I was there two very, qualified hard working internal employees were passed over for an external employee. The hiring manager was indeed threatened by the two internal employees and had the final say!
    Promotion was based on personal preferences and not ability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate all employees no matter where they are on the food chain.
    Involve the employees that work in the field every day of how MOD is changing.
    Do not surprise employees with constant new initiatives and "concepts" that often do not take the region that the emplyees resides in, into account.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Under Paid and Over Worked

    Senior Community Director (Current Employee)

    ProsNice amount of vacation time and holidays

    ConsThe work load does not correlate with the salary. When you couple that with what is expected the employee is told to ask of the volunteer base and the unrealistic goals that are set yearly all the March of Dimes does is set you up to fail so they don’t have to give you a raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe realistic when goal setting and also realize this is not the 1950’s, the organization can’t be “volunteer driven”. Pay your employees a fair salary and add a bonus structure, we are a sales force!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Restructuring nightmares

    Employer Client Coordinator (Current Employee)

    Pros-initially flexible hours and ability to work from home
    -tele-work opportunities

    Cons-restructuring involving increased work loads, territories and eliminated work at home ability

    Advice to Senior Management-Work life balance is important

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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