Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
218 Reviews
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Muscular Dystrophy Association President & CEO Steven M. Derks
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82 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I knew I wanted to make a difference for the people that changed my outlook on life (in 17 reviews)

  • Benefits are good, families are amazing (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Potential for nonexistent work-life-balance during busy seasons depending on local leadership (in 20 reviews)

  • You are expected to work a crazy amount of nights and weekends with absolutely NO comp time in exchange (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting Better but still a long way to go

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Maywood, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Maywood, NJ

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible with time, as long as you're in the office by 11 am it is considered a full day of pay or you can leave after 3 pm and it's the same; they offer a flex spending account; the health care is okay but dentist needs some work

    Cons

    No room for growth or promotions; office culture is very selfish; No raises in over 5 years and no talk of raises in the future; they give you a lot of different responsibilities and initiatives to keep up with and those are always changing so it's difficult to keep up in the time you're given to complete assignments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for me

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cold Caller in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Cold Caller in Concord, CA

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people who I worked along with were friendly and I can appreciate what the organization is raising money for.

    Cons

    There was an extremely high turnover rate and the pay was not comparable to other organizations. Had to learn a ridiculous script in a couple of days and had to make cold calls all day long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fired after going through treatment for breast cancer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Divisional Operations Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Divisional Operations Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the families we worked with. I loved traveling to all the districts I was in charge of. Events were wonderful as well.

    Cons

    No one cares about anyone. After working there for over 6 years I was fired after being on medical leave to treat breast cancer. No severance, no vacation, nothing. Plus they fired me over the phone and promised to help me get short-term disability. That never happened. I was denied repeatedly and finally gave up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. I put in 60 hours a week for you, working nights and weekends and was a very dedicated employee. You fired me because I had a disability. Aren't you supposed to help people with disabilities???

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    The Experience Will Get You Places......But First It Will Make You Miserable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good, families are amazing. Because you have to do many tasks outside of your own job, it prepares you for the next step in your career. Wonderful coworkers minus the upper management

    Cons

    I went to college to earn a degree where I could work in nonprofit. My first experience with a nonprofit agency was the Muscular Dystrophy Association and I will never work for another nonprofit thanks to them. I worked in a district with a very large budget. They run their employees into the ground and show no appreciation for them on the local level and very little recognition on the national level. In the year and 3 months I was there I watched 8 people leave one of which being me. Local management is very unprofessional, but believe they know everything. You are never compensated for working after normal business hours. You will get .50 for every mile you drive, and you will be driving around a lot! Do NOT believe the there will be room for growth because there isn't. The management will lead you to believe you will be moved up so you will continue to work hard, but they will snatch that right out from under you. Steve Derks has no personality and no idea what he is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as people and not your slaves. Do not lie, cheat, and persuade to get your way. Be up front and maybe you would not have as much turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Administrative tasks are varied and interesting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    At the end of the day you are fighting muscle disease and making lives better. After 5 years the time off is good. The job it self, the tasks and responsibilities are varied and interesting and can be challenging.

    Cons

    The constant turn over makes progress impossible. Constantly training someone new leaves no time to develop and grow. People beyond the office are beginning to listen but the people making the decisions, policies and programs have no clue how to do the jobs they are dictating to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't roll out new ideas, programs, procedures until you trouble shoot and work out the problems.
    Field test or do more field testing before implementing new things.
    Listen to the people doing the job.
    Stop talking about what you're planning to do and start talking about what you are doing. Stop talking in vague buzz words and team speak and tell us what's going on with plain honest communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Lake Mary, FL

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission. Great co-workers. Decent environment.

    Cons

    No training…. no upward movement… no hope

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Florida offices together...

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

    Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunity to make networking connections

    Cons

    Almost everything at the MDA is a "con" on my list including compensation, promotions - which don't happen, company values - they have no idea what their values are or where the organization is going, management - management that is hired is not qualified or have the appropriate experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great resume builder, not ideal for long-term

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * There are clearly a host of Current Employees who have recently made it a point to do some PR by listing many "cons" on this site...take that info very, very cautiously. Do your own research (Charity Navigator).
    *Great and worthy mission
    *Some of the most deserving families. Seriously, this is what keeps you going amidst the chaos.
    *Every bank/gov't holiday is observed
    *Summer hours
    *Great opportunity to add in-demand experience to your resume (sponsorship sales, event facilitation, marketing, volunteer coordination, project management...). Very thankful for this because, combined with my previous experience, it allowed me to land an awesome opportunity elsewhere pretty quickly!

    Cons

    *Disconnected leadership, both internally and with the 21st century
    *Ambitious and lofty goals, but shallow knowledge on how to lead a team to such success (nationally, and as a result, regionally and locally).
    *Hard to sell/promote outdated brand. An internal survey revealed that the general public of young adults have NO CLUE what MDA is! They're working on this...but it will be a very long journey.
    *Unstable financial outlook = HIGH pressure on the field level to get $$$
    *No retirement contribution
    *No raises...nope...not even cost of living or merit based
    *Potential for nonexistent work-life-balance during busy seasons depending on local leadership.
    *Quite honestly, it's just a hot mess internally. So often things would be last minute or unclear due to an intense scramble for much needed money. Also, because the organization is struggling to find its footing and invests nothing aside from annual salary in its employees, I would only advise working for MDA for the short-term to gain valuable experience. Run very quicly once you have some wins under your belt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE, for the sake of the families you help, educate yourselves outside of MDA and encourage your staff at all levels to do the same. There's a flourishing fundraising world that is rebounding since the recession - relying on what worked 20 years ago is simply incompetent and obsolete at this point. Also, until you invest in your staff, your turnover will remain high and detrimental to long term success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mission rich job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Divisional Staff
    Current Employee - Divisional Staff

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers and clients/families we serve keep me coming to work everyday.
    Office culture varies greatly from office to office. Our office is fantastic.
    time off is good.

    Cons

    The company has been changing and has not found its own "culture" yet
    company continues to down size giving the remaining employees more work
    no pay raises in 6 years
    new staff are brought in at same pay as current staff who have been here for awhile with no pay raises
    no pay for performance
    no matching 403b
    no career advancement/opportunities (especially in administrative areas)
    no recognition unless you are bringing in $$
    you are only as good as your last event

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop the restructuring. enough is enough
    Pay for performance. adjust pay for people that have not received raises. Administrative staff are not 2nd class citizens

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too good to be true...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working as a temp employee everything is great!

    Cons

    Once you get hired on as a full time employee the cracks begin to show. Systems are ancient processes are outdated and there is no respect for Administrative assistants at all even though it's one of the most demanding positions. The pay does not equal the work load. And as an hourly employee you are not required to attend event after hours but are chastised if you don't attend. No accountability for anything!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and look around and learn from the great staff members that you have now and weed out the useless ones. A warm body doesn't equal a great employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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