Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Undergoing progressive changes and restructuring for a better future, they will get there, I'm just not a "lifer"

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Former Employee - Executive Director in Eugene, OR
Former Employee - Executive Director in Eugene, OR

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

Pros

-Families are amazing
-Intimate team environment
-Can develop many management skills
-Fast paced and challenging
-Easy to demonstrate leadership although not always recognized or noticed by anyone that cares
-Good times had with sponsors, volunteers, and summer camp community especially
-Generous paid time off

Cons

-Reactive and not proactive in approach to local HR issues
-Do not give local Directors autonomy to make needed changes to their staff members, all decisions done across the board, been carrying dead weight a little too long and as a result have nothing to reward or develop young talent through incentivizing.
-National Board waits until once a year to make serious decisions that impact all local levels, they do this by looking two years ahead for what they want and judging you on the year before - seeing no potential or regard for local turnover issues or things that might have affected you on a local level.
-They want Directors to manage an office staff, carry an equal fundraising load, and manage the Health Care Services, too many hats to wear to be effective and the organization cannot effectively get the upper management for these areas to communicate on the same page.
-They cut the internal meetings budget, felt like I was on an island sometimes, just did the best I could without much opportunity to connect with others - good for developing decision making I guess
-No coaching for new Executive Directors or Area Directors
-"Save my own but" mentality from layers of management, poor and selective communication only when it hits the fan

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Accounting and legal remain at national level, grow your national business development team in vertical major markets, and maybe run things more autonomously for the rest of the field through metro or "state"-wide offices.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run Away, Far Away...And Don't Waste Your Time Here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    1. The families support - research* (when there is sponsored research), clinics, summer camp for kids, a lot of outreach for pediatric patients
    2. Good cause (in theory)
    3. Decent Vacay, laid back offices (dress code chill, lax lunch hours, ect)

    Cons

    1.Horrible Life vs Work Balance - Temps CAN'T get their work accomplished in the time designated. If they go over hours yelled at, if they can't get it done they get yelled at. Worse for full time employees. Forget having a life...seriously. Yes, its non-profit but this is completely unrealistic.
    2. Felt like Middle School - unnecessary drama, no leadership support, cliquey and a lot of back talking. Rude employees
    3. Serious lack of leadership from National as well as in the local offices. No position makes sense, no defined roles and "leaders" have no real power.
    4. No development or communication or volunteer recruitment going on. A lot of wasted money on events and things that don't work. TEMPS spend time calling for events that bring in less than 15% of the budget for most offices. Cold Calling for fundraisers, fundraising Event planning for Health team? Really?
    5. Slow hiring, slow firing, SLOW SLOW SLOW. Slow bill pay, slow re-reimbursement for anything
    6. Over dependence on the families for financial support. HUGE expectations for families to contribute financial or at least fundraiser. We should be doing more for them...not the other way around
    7. No employee pay raises in 5 years. No real room for advancement. They don't typically hire temps full times so do not waste your time unless you want to be stuck as a temp. You'll get laid off before you get a pay raise.
    8. Severe lack of "branding" - no one knows MDA and they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your local offices - see what's work and what's not. REALLY. Give people reasonable rolls to play that they understand. Give EDs a chance to lead and if they fail, pull them. Teach your management that they need to HELP when necessary and not sit by and watch things blow up.
    Evaluate how to keep employee in the organization longer. You are loosing good people, knowledgeable people and shooting yourselves in the foot.
    Get some professionalism, at least outwardly. Dress code? No shorts/jeans ect? except for events and on fridays?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seek a more professional and developing workplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    - Getting to know and befriend local families that work with MDA
    - Witnessing the success and setting of the neighboring MDA office's "Black n' Blue Ball" fundraiser! This office is separate from the office posting fundraising/healthcare positions on Careerbuilder, etc.

    Cons

    The best advice to be given is to continue your job search. Seek to find not only the right position but a position in a professional and respectful atmosphere, which unfortunately is not the case in the Brookfield, WI office. If you are a recent graduate, looking to join the nonprofit world or are an experienced veteran looking to explore different sectors/roles - don't sell yourself short. Pursue an environment where fellow staff are hardworking and respectful. Do not let your enthusiasm of joining a new employer/career opportunity overlook your need for a positive work-life balance, job satisfaction or personal well-being.

    The dollars raised and hope promised through research are the backbone of this organization and are truly the most meaningful work you will help to accomplish. The dissatisfaction in this position lies with management and fellow co-workers.The oldest person in the office is roughly 31 years old and it is an all female staff. There is also a call center in the back half of the office that is staffed with temporary employees M-F from 9-4. Their job is to solicit participants for a jail-themed fundraiser. As a fundraising employee, your job would be to push for donations as each participant is asked to raise $1600. Your performance will be assessed on the donations of "your" participants. Aside from the posted job responsibilities, plan to spend a fair amount of your day sitting with the temp employees and ensuring they are on the phones constantly. The office is also currently being used as a storage closet and is a mixture of unorganization and clutter. Visitors, families, sponsors and the public are the first to see this office mess. Your new office will be 30-45% full of storage material - just make a walk path or stack boxes - that can help.

    Appropriate employee dress attire needs to be reinforced. Short dresses, knee-high boots, shirts with holes and yoga pants are commonly not allowed in the workplace. There is a slight instance where these items may be encouraged if you are visiting a fire station for fundraising conversations.

    The fact that bullying is alive and well amongst children is disheartening and the fact that it can continue into adulthood is also major issue. Favoritism should not allow for disrespect, stress and difficulty in the workplace. Current management is aware of these concerns and has chosen not to react. Gossiping, snooping and conspiring were tolerated and committed by management themselves. Office management in 2013 allowed for certain employees to fish through past employees computers and share their findings.

    It is true that 4 people have decided to leave the Brookfield MDA office during 2013 due to a difficult and bullying co-worker. Her behavior is completely unacceptable and in a more professional environment it would have never been tolerated. The lack of reaction from management only continued to fuel this employee's behavior.

    With no funds to back fundraising efforts, all aspects of donations (monetary, in-kind, media, etc.) are 100% solicited. Telemarketing and cold calls are a LARGE part of the work day. If you want to work in the fundraising world but do not want to feel like a solicitor or telemarketer on the other end of the phone - please keep looking in your job search.

    Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - One bad apple can really spoil the bunch
     - Onward with hope!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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