Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
206 Reviews
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Muscular Dystrophy Association President & CEO Steven M. Derks
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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)

  • While they offer lots of holidays, there is no comp time (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent part-time summer job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator in West Long Branch, NJ
    Former Employee - Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator in West Long Branch, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good place to work to strengthen your communication skills for a great cause. Also, you learn how to professionally handle rejection and continue to keep positive and stay on track with achieving your goals.

    Cons

    This was a telemarketing position. Very minimal in-person interaction. I would have liked to attend some of the events that I was raising money for and getting recruiters to participate in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always working hard for our families for years but with no pay increases makes it tough for all.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Our families makes my job rewarding. MDA does help our families so much and it's nice to explain what we can provide for them.

    Cons

    Would like to see more rewards for the hard working support staff on all levels. It seems that the only hard work recognized is for management staff and support staff is left out for their hard efforts all together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's true that it's important to have good benefits, raise increases and a good work-life balance. I believe MDA is working on that. Let's consider why so many good people leave MDA in the same department repeatedly? Let's think and ponder that for a moment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a great feeling knowing that what you do every single day makes someone else's life better!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Contributing to the greater good. I can't imagine ever working for a company that doesn't give back on the level that this one does.

    Cons

    We've been slow to embrace modern technology & methods. And sometimes a bit slow to train people on the new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the forward momentum going please! We are only as good as the tools we can utilize.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experiences to last a lifetime

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

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

    Pros

    The impact you make and the people you meet will stay with you forever. If you "really get it" this job won't be just a job but so much more, it's something you can feel passionate about. It allows you to be creative, to make any program or event, just want you want it to be. You can take the ball and run with it and the people you touch throughout the process will end up touching you so much more! Working at MDA, you are surrounded by managers and co-workers who want you to succeed and are there to help you achieve your goals. The better you are at your job, the better it is for the company. It's a team environment and we are all here for the greater good of our families and mission.

    Cons

    There is a lot of turnover, and it is tremendously difficult to find qulified employees to staff open positions. There is not a 403b match and raises are only offered with a promotion. That said, there is little room for growth without relocation unless the manager above you leaves his/ her position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes the work takes over and there is not time for team building or team meetings and those are really important. I think conferences or divisional meetings are also important to learn from other districts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard. Play hard.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director
    Current Employee - Executive Director

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

    Pros

    My office is the best in the country with a great culture and dynamic. We talk with and see wonderful sponsors and MDA clients daily and are reminded and thanked for our hard work. MDA's mission is to find treatments and cures and we are on our way. I have over 50 paid days off per year, a wealth of information at my fingertips and I am able to manage the health and work/life balance in my office with flex/comp days/hours. It is GREAT to be able to treat employees with time off for a job well done.

    Cons

    It's a non-profit so you go in knowing your salary isn't comparable to other careers out there BUT there is growth in the MDA and compensation is picking up. The MDA has seasons and some times of the year are harder than the others but if you are passionate about what you do, the time is worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Steve Derks has turned the MDA around for the better. Keep the technology and professional materials coming! I have never felt more legitimate going into meetings than I have in the past few months. We do need raises and to re-implement our benefits structure and the board of directors and Mr. Derks is working in that direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    "The Mission is Everything"

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the heart of this organization is an unwavering passion to fulfill its mission of eliminating the world of muscle disease. The message is reflected in MDA's focus, its people and dedicated supporters. In a challenging fundraising environment, MDA has retained a generous health care package and made several changes to its time off policies to help foster a more sustainable work-life balance. MDA places a great deal of focus on promoting talented team members. The level of talent, drive and commitment of its workforce is astounding. The families that you meet and the stories of their courage are incredible. It is a very rewarding career.

    Cons

    Unlike some of their peer organizations, MDA is still trying to dig its way out of the damaging economic climate from the last five years and overcome some significant revenue losses. This has resulted in severe cutbacks, closure of field offices and has damaged the morale level. Its flagship fundraising campaigns have not kept pace with the changing demands in the marketplace which has also impacted revenue levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although mission is the foundation to the organization, there needs to be a stronger sense of responsibility to the employees that are the backbone. The talent erosion over the past few years due to lack of adequate compensation is unfortunate. The efforts to improve the work/life balance are notable but employees are unable to take advantage of the opportunities due to the high expectations and round the clock emails.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Rewards Far Outweigh the Challegnes

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people you encounter while working at MDA are remarkable - from the families we serve, to the sponsors and colleagues who work along side you - the people are the best of the best.
    The work allows you to use all your talents and learn and discover new ones.
    The families made it all worthwhile.

    Cons

    MDA has been going through a lot of change and change is tough. The work is hard and demanding and not for everyone at every time of his/her life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment of trust and respect that crosses all lines of the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A very structured work environment with great impact on patients and families.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director

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

    Pros

    Very clearly stated goals
    Ability to make a difference in patient's lives
    Variety in daily tasks

    Cons

    Lots of phone work
    No flexibility in schedule
    Lots and lots of oversight and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the mountains of rules, forms and procedures
    Allow people to match schedules to work load

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Changing Lives...

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The families we serve are so inspiring. You get to work closely with the people you serve and the services that MDA provides is commendable.

    There has been many changes within MDA but I feel that it's for the better. We are changing things that we should have changed a long time ago.

    Cons

    work life balance and not compensated for the work that you do

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sometimes you don't just work for the salary

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Working for MDA is a very rewarding job, there is a satisfaction in helping others

    Cons

    The salary levels are non-competitive and not much room for growth in management without re-location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider allowing more discretion through all levels when it comes to making program decisions - national programs are successful, however they don't always run the same in each region or state and allowing the lower level staff to make those calls is suggested

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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