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Madd Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Cause

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Madd

    Pros

    flexible hours, Great people to work with

    Cons

    Slow progression, Difficult to create new ideas,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe listen more and dont fight every new idea, grow by being open to new ideas it is the only way to grow!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Local Passion and National Nightmare

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

    I worked at Madd

    Pros

    Amazing volunteers, many of whom are themselves victims.
    Staff who in most cases want to do well
    Good benefits/vacation, etc.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership at the National Level is beyond controlling, and frankly does not have the necessary breadth of experience, or appreciation of the breadth that DOES exist at the local state/affiliate level, to maximize results.

    Asking any kind of question that suggests doubt about nationally-imposed strategy leads to retribution and/or demands that you stop asking questions.

    National Board is made up in majority of victims, which would be fine IF those people were selected based on the expertise/connections/capital they bring and not solely because of their status as victims.

    One result of the previous "con" is a shocking lack of investment in organizational infrastructure such as decent accounting technology, proper fundraising software.

    VERY conservative atmosphere - I was not at the national office but certainly felt the preference for small-c conservatives who'll go-along and not rock the boat whenever i was at National in Irving, TX.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the amazing assets you have in some of the experienced State EDs you have hired and let them do their jobs because you cannot expect to keep smart, high-achieving EDs when you afford them little leeway to run their state and actively discourage independent let alone novel thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Mission, but there is some questionable leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Coordinator
    Current Employee - Development Coordinator

    I have been working at Madd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with the victims is great, and it is a very easy mission to support. Ability to work around your schedule. You have the ability to meet some very high profile people in the community.

    Cons

    Short sightedness on the part of national/managerial leadership. There is a national office and they decide what the regional offices do which has the potential to be a great system. There unfortunately is not as much collaboration as there is dictation. MADD gets very caught up in talking about helping people, but they dont do too much to actually help in the field. The MADD mission involves serving victims, preventing underage drinking, and what they call "the campaign to end drunk driving". There is more of a focus on just getting numbers than actually bringing about change in the community. Lots of emphasis on paper work, reporting, and following the system that is in place. Not an environment that wants to spur new ideas, creativity, or building the organization. Hopefully this will change in the future. Management on the local level do what they can, but ultimately why would they do more work and follow up when they are overseeing such a large area anyway. The pay is on the lower side for non profit work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start being honest with the staff about the agenda for the future of the organization. Focus on not spreading complacency. Look towards people that are actually qualified to be doing the jobs that they are assigned to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Program Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA

    I have been working at Madd full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met great volunteers, corporate and small business professionals

    Cons

    They easily dispose of their employees and treat staff and volunteers bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your good employees and offer praise every now and then.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mad @ MADD

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Victim Services Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Victim Services Specialist in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Madd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Direct contact with victims and law enforcement.

    Cons

    Everything has to be approved by National. Theres a form for everything. National Board makes decisions without finding out more information about local needs and plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should trust that the locals know what the community needs. One size fits all does not apply for everything; especially in Hawaii.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great mission, Needs work on salary and employee relations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Madd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MADD's mission is one just about anyone can get behind. To stop drunk driving and educate parents and teens on the effects of underage drinking. There are great programs and opportunities to get experience educating others in this organization, whether you work for the National group or an affiliate. There is opportunity for flexible work scheduling, which is a plus.

    Cons

    As a non-profit, pay is on the low end, and sometimes in the affiliate offices, things are run a little slip shod. It really depends on the Executive Director and the location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    National should ensure that Executive Directors and leaders at their affiliate offices are well trained. Affiliate offices leaders should ensure that new employees and existing employees are kept up to date on training as well. Communication lines should be kept open between leadership and staff. Sometimes employees are promoted without additional training in supervision, and this can sometimes lead to issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Learning Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Officer
    Former Employee - Development Officer

    I worked at Madd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There were tools, and manuals to support some events. A national website, there were teleconferences to assist you with your job. Working for a large non-profit as the benefit of built in name recognition as well as branding.

    Cons

    The company lacked diversity and understanding, as well as having cookie cutter thinking. each city and town is unique and doesn't fit into a specific mold, national did not lend itself to considering the local communities in which they operated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The executive directors of each local chapter need to be trained better on human resource issues, as well as policies and procedures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Paralegal/ Advocate Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Paralegal/Advocate Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Paralegal/Advocate Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Madd as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Although this position was an internship, the opportunity for extensive legal training was offered to help better serve clients that were victims of drunken drivers and rendered opportunities for exposure with multiple agencies that are affilliates of the company.

    Cons

    One of the greatest challenges of the position procreated through maintaining contact for short notices of all parties to appear in court.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice shared with upper management was aiding victims of drunken drivers with replacing lost contents and development for future goals of fund raising projects.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - State Executive Director
    Former Employee - State Executive Director

    I worked at Madd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work with great impact, many caring volunteers and staff, and opportunities for great responsibility

    Cons

    Structure limits retention of staff and high-level volunteer leaders (50% state director turnover in 3 yrs); relationship with national office overly hierarchical, often punitive, and discouraging of new ideas or constructive criticism; often competitive fundraising relationship with national office; great people hired but not allowed to fully do their jobs; high turnover forces remaining staff to take on responsibilities not appropriate for their position and it takes a long time to replace staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider further opening the corporate structure, i.e. national getting a percentage of all fundraising, with national acting as a paid consultant/resource for research, training, media etc, with all operating responsibilities maintained at the state level, including a high-level Board with fiduciary responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shamefully disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Madd full-time

    Pros

    The organization provides excellent services to those in need.

    Cons

    Worst management team ever. Completely unprofessional in their knowledge of sustaining an NFP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider other forms of revenue outside of walks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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