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"

Executive Director (Former Employee) Eugene, OR

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 Senior ManagementAccounting 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.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former 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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: 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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    MDA is a great place to be a volunteer recruiter

    Call Recruiter (Former Employee) Jackson, MS

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association part-time for less than a year


    Pros: short work hours and short break Cons: some people were rude on the other end of the… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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