Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
215 Reviews
2.6
215 Reviews
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Muscular Dystrophy Association President & CEO Steven M. Derks
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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.  

    Good for a temporary job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Positive managers, good work-life balance and willing to let you off work whenever necessary

    Cons

    Low pay, cold calling gets old very fast

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great vision with lacking direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Time off, Healthcare, work-life balance

    Cons

    Asked to do more and more but was never compensated for it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People that are still want to be there and if they get appropriate compensation for their efforts, they will be there for the long haul

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company for first job

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

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The MDA has a great mission and fundraising events are fun.

    Cons

    Over worked and no comp time
    No opportunity for growth
    No raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the boots on the ground, the "little people" in the trenches bringing in the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    MDA

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

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Pros

    This organization is doing great things for families who are affected by Muscular Dystrophy. Specifically the tangible support services and free clinics and even medical equipment that they provide. Great new leadership, alot is changing but, it will take some time.

    Cons

    The organization does not pay a salary that is equivalent to other organizations. It is significantly lower than it should be. In addition, the organization is a little behind on the times and it will take a good 3-5 years of re-building to properly teach staff how to manage funds with a strategy that works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to be more communicative and candid with staff. There is a great culture and lots of work life balance but, the compensation needs to improve and the respect for people as individuals needs improvement.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rebuilding a Plane in Flight

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    Staff are friendly and helpful; tend to be cooperative across distinct lines.
    The insurance and retirement options are good for non-profit work.
    Salaries are fair for the market.

    Cons

    There is a poor work/life balance for much of the year.
    There is extremely high turnover.
    Training is very often lacking in practical applications for account management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Aug 6, 2014HR

    Thank you so much for your review. We value the feedback you have provided. We would like to take the opportunity to address your comment of "poor work/life balance for much of the year". MDA is ... More

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much involvement from regional and divisional offices

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

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people in district offices who are really focused on the families being served and raising the money necessary to support our research and services.

    Cons

    Lack of understanding from regional and divisional managers that what works in Los Angeles may not work in Topeka, and vice versa. No understanding of the hours put in from Executive Director to Administrative Assistant, i.e. you worked all day and then went straight to support group until 10pm? too bad you better be at work by 9am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the district offices when they tell you why some programs work and others don't in their area. They live here, you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Medical, dental, vision, Vacay days, sick, personal 9-5 working hrs

    Cons

    Low pay. Upper management does not communicate well. Uneasy feeling about job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider letting people know the truth about at you're doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, great cause.........but......

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Divisional Director
    Former Employee - Divisional Director

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you view yourself as working for the families that MDA serves, it makes it almost worth it! The feeling of satisfaction knowing that you are making a positive impact in people's lives! The board has started to make some positive moves in terms of leadership changes but needs to continue.

    Cons

    The lack of stability for the past several years...never knowing (for sure) when the next "big" organizational change is coming and how it may impact you or your teams. The culture of secrecy in the organization...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board and new CEO have brought some much needed change to the organization and I encourage them to continue with those changes but to adjust their focus. To date the focus has been on closing field offices and effectively reducing the number of qualified and successful fundraisers from the field at the same time expecting the same or even better fundraising results. I suggest taking a look at some of the senior leadership that is still hanging on who have been with the organization 30ish years but have not experienced success since the passing of the last successful CEO many years ago. These are the folks who have created the atmosphere of fear that many reviewers mention. Removing them and their bloated salaries would allow you to keep much needed fundraisers in the field. During the toughest times the organization went through several years ago, when salaries in the field were frozen they were still receiving bonuses and "other compensation" that the field never did see. Feel free to check out the annual reports from several years ago to verify that...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Grear Mission, Has Improved

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    • 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

    I love the people that I work with. They are like family. I have worked for other non profits and like that MDA's fundraising efforts are returned to clinic, research, and the people that it serves. Mr. Derks, the new CEO, has been very instrumental in moving the company in a more current/updated direction. The company has a lot of potential, but more changes are required now, for the future to help it to reach its growth potential.

    Cons

    Antiquated resources, tools, systems, and business and organization model
    Lack of accountability and fairness
    Micromanagement by leadership which hinders creativity and trust
    Lack of empowerment from leadership. A lot of people are either unqualified to do their position as new hires or tenured with outdated skills sets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote fairness and accountability. Create how-to manuals for all duties and positions, were applicable. New HR onboarding system. Reimbursement for continued training or implement internal training for skill development. More PTO in lieu of salary increase. Equal time off for all, not tenure based. Those of us who are newer work just as hard, if not more, than our tenure counterparts and coworkers.

    Keep up the changes in the positive, updated, and right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nothing worth doing is easy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Pros

    Work / life balance

    Flexible hours

    Autonomy

    Cons

    Micromanagement

    Never-ending quota increases

    Upper-level management with no clue

    Lack of reward for district teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give lower level management a chance to show you what they are capable of doing. Just because a RC/DD has been with the company for 10 years doesn't mean they are the best for the job - especially if they have never worked for ANYONE else.

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