March of Dimes

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March of Dimes Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
82 Reviews
3.0
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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  

    Very disorganized. Unrealistic goals. Set up to fail.

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

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    Excellent history and mission.

    Cons

    National mindset out of touch with local communities. High pressure to meet goals asap no matter what has not been done right in the past. Lack of accountability to fix problem areas. HUGE I.T. problems. Cloud based systems are terribly slow, tech very outdated. Despite feedback from local offices no changes made to fix the issues. Set up to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your chapters. Spend more money to make money at the LOCAL level. Don't be the organization that only shows up when you want something. Learn to do proper cultivation and grow relationships instead of being overly aggressive in tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes

    Pros

    Flexibility, especially for employees with children (flexible work schedule, summer hours). Good work-life balance. Employee benefits are good (great for pregnant women).

    Cons

    Identity crisis - top management floundering in mission direction. Since there is no clear direction from management, there is a lot of frustration and waste of effort and money. Disorganized. Some departments (like IT) very unprofessional. If you are thinking of joining MOD because you want to do good, you will be disillusioned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once a great organization, now struggling to keep up with the times

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    Former Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    The history of the organization is amazing. There are some great employees - mostly in the mid-level of coordinators and managers and a few directors. The organization does provide support and an important emotional connections for families of premature babies. At the national office most people seem to have a decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Senior management at national needs to be replaced - there's no other nice way to say it. People at the top have been there forever and are resistant to change. They run great people off. There is too much of a fundraising culture and archaic fundraising practices that are embarrassing (dime mailings, robo-calling). More of the money raised should go to programs. The organization is failing to make as much of a difference as it could, the focus is on raising more money instead of spending it wiser. The result is declining numbers year after year. It does not look optimistic that will change. There is limited growth as people at the top tend to stay there. Even jobs vacated end up "reevaluated" and ultimately not replaced. There is no senior person on revenue development or corporate partnerships and it doesn't even appear that filling those roles is a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to reevaluate your movement away from allowing telecommuting (when other organizations are moving in the opposite direction). Focus on the impact of your mission and the money will come, not the other way around. You need a new President and senior leadership to overhaul the organization or you will continue to struggle and lose great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Organization, Great Mission, Horrible Business Operations

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

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

    Pros

    March of Dimes has a great mission to help save the lives of babies. The actual work I did was fulfilling and impactful and I really enjoyed working with our volunteer leaders. They do offer a generous amount of vacation time, but due to your work load, it's hard to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    The organization is very outdated in their operations. Most staff are micromanaged and not empowered to do the job in which they were hired to do. Highly pressured, overworked, and most employees get burned out in nearly 2 years. Top-level management stick together and ignore concerns from lower level staff members, thus you have a high turnover rate of employees. Unrealistic fundraising goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more money in media and communications to bring greater awareness to the brand and mission of the March of Dimes from a national level. Many people still do not know what the organization does. Get more young qualified talent in the National Office and top leadership position, and show a genuine concern and investigate employee concerns and the high turnover rates in various chapters.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overwork Underpay- Insulting to Health & Human Services Field

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission is great, many are touched by preemie babies and childhood diseases so it is an easy cause to market fundraising toward.

    Cons

    Corporate mentality, management top heavy by individuals who care little about local needs/resources and more about financial goals. Financial goals are everything, and providing living wages is not of interest to company. If you work this job or any Coordinator or Director positions --below state level-- you won't accrue enough hours for benefits by design. You will need food stamps if you stay here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassess your strategies. The people at the bottom do much of the work, while the people at the top just analyze and make poor decisions. Upper management is not in touch with local economies, most Directors at Chapters are figure-heads and have no authority to change things for the better. Mission can't matter more to the people on the floor -- they aren't the ones making poor decisions, but they are the ones who stay and deal with consequences of those who leave for better paying jobs. Regional execs look for stepping stones--it hurts the people who work under them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Management underskilled

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fundraising Director
    Current Employee - Fundraising Director

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

    Pros

    Love the mission, the people and the cause. The companies involved and families are amazing and you see your hard work pay off.

    Cons

    Those who are in higher position are greatly under skilled. Whether they have worked their way up, thrown into the position or a new hire many are under paid and no education. They have poor management skills and not used to over seeing employees. Makes for work/life balance difficult. Many also do not have their own children, so it makes it hard to respect when family comes first.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good mission but management are not trained to handle staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    No training, bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Community Director
    Former Employee - Senior Community Director

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Primarily just a fundraising organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Love the mission and our fantastic, research driven programs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Director in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Community Director in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Our 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.

    Cons

    Management!!! 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work! 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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