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Helpful (1)

Enormous change

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

You get the opportunity to work with some amazing families who always make you realize why you go to work every morning. Really get to make a difference in their lives.

Cons

This is an organization going through an enormous amount of change right now with a new CEO and many high level executives being brought in from another non-profit (the CEO's previous employer). There are constant reorganizations of the field structure and continuous layoffs - probably every 6-8 months at this point. Very little structured training - you get thrown in to sink or swim. There has been a salary freeze for five years - no raises and nothing on the horizon. Recently slashed their research funding, which is really important to families. Yet they continue to hire fundraising executives.

Advice to Management

More transparency to the families you support and to your employees. Actually invest in serving families - not just fundraising. Spend more time and resources on the recruitment and retainment of quality employees who work with families.

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  1. Amazing growth

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    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

    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

    There is change among the company right now, which is a benefit to many in the company. The company is making changes for long term success.

    Cons

    the hours are Monday through Friday 9-5 with an hour lunch so with a 7 hour work day you consistently need to be getting work done, on the flip side only a 35 hour work week so you aren't tired and exhausted at the end of the week.

  2. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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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