Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. I love my job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Director in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Area Director in Billings, MT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fundraising throughout the state with amazing business partners and working for families with MD that rely on our programs.

    Cons

    Don't really have cons - pretty good, rewarding job. I love what I do.

  2. MDA is a fantastic Organization to work for, the work environment is positive and the culture is forward thinking.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you’re skilled and motivated, MDA is a great Organization to leave your mark. Management is open to meaningful changes that directly impact Organizational efficiencies, fundraising initiatives and better stewardship of contributor’s dollars towards services. Employees must be prepared to execute their ideas however, tangible actions are highly valued.

    If you’re motivated, MDA is a great Organization to sharpen your skill sets. Management is willing to invest in employee's learning and development.

    Overall, Management is extremely invested in establishing MDA as an employer of choice across the industry; it's refreshing to be a part of that culture.

    Cons

    The hours can be very seasonal, and long. 8+ hour work days are common during the busiest months of the year.

    Because pay in nonprofit is culturally low, the Organization is often forced to hire candidates with little experience who often use the Organization as a way to jump-start their career. As a result, staff turnover can be high and there is less professional experience than I would prefer.

    Advice to Management

    Allowing employees to work flextime schedules, specifically after busy seasonal periods, would drastically help increase work/life balance across the Organization.

  3. Love MDA!

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Connections, doing something for someone else, fun job.

    Cons

    Pay, travel. Charity business seems to be declining.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the good ones more and get rid of the bad ones. A college degree isn't everything that makes a good employee.

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 15, 2015HR Director

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your pro's and con's about your time working for MDA! We appreciate the feedback. We are reviewing our pay practices along with the overall culture ... More

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  5. Very happy after 1 year

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    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment, very interested in training employees for possible upward mobility, making a lot of HR improvements to become an employer of choice

    Cons

    long hours during peak times of the year, but not too bad

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 15, 2015HR Director

    Great, thank you so much for the positive feedback! We are working hard on all of the items you mentioned plus many more. Thanks for your support!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HealthCare Services Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - HealthCare Services Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I knew what ever I did at work had a direct impact on someones life, someone who need that advocate to fight for them and the benefits that they have through MDA

    Cons

    Constant change, The recession hit MDA very hard but we were still able to to commit the best service to our client families.

  7. Decent part-time summer job

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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Experiences to last a lifetime

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    "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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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