Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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2.4 198 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

Muscular Dystrophy Association President & CEO Steven M. Derks

Steven M. Derks

(70 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • The client families are amazing (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Potential for nonexistent work-life-balance during busy seasons depending on local leadership (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours, little pay, no bonuses, no comp time, unrealistic goals and expectations (in 14 reviews)

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

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

    ConsWould 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 Senior ManagementIt'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsContributing 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the forward momentum going please! We are only as good as the tools we can utilize.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Experiences to last a lifetime

    Area Director (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementSometimes 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work hard. Play hard.

    Executive Director (Current Employee)

    ProsMy 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.

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementMr. 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Rewards Far Outweigh the Challegnes

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsMDA 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 Senior ManagementCreate an environment of trust and respect that crosses all lines of the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    "The Mission is Everything"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAt 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.

    ConsUnlike 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 Senior ManagementAlthough 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Executive Director (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify the mountains of rules, forms and procedures
    Allow people to match schedules to work load

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Changing Lives...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

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    Sometimes you don't just work for the salary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mission Rich

    Health Care (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryday you go to work you know you are making a lasting impression on many families that are counting on you. My career with MDA has given me much of my own personal growth both personally and professionally. Having a positive, mission rich team has created an amazing work environment to be apart of.

    ConsTime is of the essence! At times there doesn't seem like there is enough time in the day to complete your job - because of this work/life balance can be tough. If you seek help and guidance you will get it, though it is not always offered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would say the biggest concern is compensation - I think it has created much turn over which puts many holes in our business plans. I feel like when a team is solid (I have been a part of revolving door teams and now a solid team) and it costs you so much having to re train on every program and sponsors and families see this.

    More time off is not a compensation - it gets to a point where taking additional time off is more of burden than good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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