March of Dimes Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Jennifer L. Howse
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Pros
  • March of Dimes has a great mission to help save the lives of babies (in 8 reviews)

  • After polio, MOD moved to birth defects, and later to pre-term birth (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Makes for work/life balance difficult (in 4 reviews)

  • Need to address the high turnover rate, costing the organization millions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Assistant to head director

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    Former Employee - Assistant to the Director in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant to the Director in Amarillo, TX

    I worked at March of Dimes part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    We raised over $250,000 for underdeveloped babies

    Cons

    I didn't have any I loved working there


  2. Helpful (2)

    Director

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very worthy cause - preventing infant mortality.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy management. No admin support. Inordinate amount of time spent on coherence calls and admin work. Antiquated fundraising model. Lots of divas. Extremely high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals. Get a new model. Elongate endless bureaucracy.


  3. Not the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent work life balance and a great mission

    Cons

    Poor Management/Poor Leadership
    No strategic direction
    No innovation

    Advice to Management

    Change!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fundraising

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Important Mission, flexible hours if you're a mom, decent pay

    Cons

    Poor management, antiquated systems, no incentive for long term employment. High turn over. Culture of competition instead of cooperation. Very little resources for employee development, poor employee evaluation process. Emphasis on adherance to process over results.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of ineffective dinosaur employees who think they know everything. Change the culture to one that is more receptive to change and innovation.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Run, Don't Walk

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in White Plains, NY

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    March of Dimes did great things 50 years ago so there's a pretty cool history to the organization... now they say they help families with support and research. They actually only help families with "emotional support" AKA booklets and blankets, and only gives about 1/5 of the $100M+ they raise to actual research. The rest is eaten up by a bloated regional infrastructure, an unnecessary number of employees in direct response, and the 10+ SVP/VPs they have.

    Cons

    Where to begin? The President has been at March of Dimes for almost 3 decades, she's completely out of touch and controls the Board. Top leadership in general continues to hire consulting firms to give feedback they ignore. Employees are badgered to fundraise and give portions of their salaries to March of Dimes. Embarrassingly bad fundraising practices like robocalling, dime mailings, and door-to-door campaigns have donors abandoning the organization left and right - all in the name of the babies they "save." There's absolutely no room for growth. The people at the top stay there, and any good positions are replaced with new hires. Throughout the time I was there I think one person got "promoted" and it was to a job they were already doing and they just got a title change, not a meaningful pay raise. There's toxicity in the air at the national headquarters. Anyone with meaningful skills and common sense abandons the organization once they realize it's tanking. The biggest, though, is how sad it is that an organization with this much reach, that was once so beloved by America, has the potential to make a difference and instead is failing to keep up with the times and is more obsessed with making financial targets than with making any kind of meaningful impact.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the focus on fundraising for the sake of fundraising! Take a serious look at your programs and how you're actually helping people. Otherwise, this organization is going to tank in 5 years, max. And for the love of sanity, someone make Dr. Howse retire.

    Also for anyone job hunting, don't let the "average" organization rating fool you. Most of the 5 star reviews are from interns and volunteers (no offense to them - but for first-timers they may not realize that there are other, better causes out there)


  7. Helpful (1)

    Division Director

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    Former Employee - Division Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Division Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Mission is very touching and families are terrific. Mission has the potential to do great things. Long time donors and strong commitment from volunteers.

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement and people in "oversight" positions. Very slow moving and bureaucratic. Not a very positive, collaborative work environment and way too much hierarchy. More $$$ should go into the mission and not paying micromanagers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running reports and go talk to donors. Need to pay more attention to employees' and donors' satisfaction.


  8. Accounting Intern

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    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Denver, CO

    I worked at March of Dimes (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice, positive atmosphere
    Flexible with schedules

    Cons

    Monotonous work
    Not many other cons


  9. Community Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mission is worthwhile and gives purpose.

    Cons

    So understaffed for their special events and not realistic in terms of salary vs. commitment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Terrible Uneducated Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes

    Pros

    The cause is good and the schedule is somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    My director was uneducated and provided no support whatsoever. There is no training at all. Also, very little money actually goes to research. Most money raised goes to salaries and upkeep.


  11. Helpful (4)

    There are two kinds of employees - those trying desperately to leave and those waiting to retire

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    Former Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The mission is incredible and the research supported can really make a change. In addition, the history of the Foundation is so amazing, it would be terrible to lose it. The volunteers LOVE the Foundation (though sometimes it doesn't seem like the Foundation even cares about the volunteers).

    Cons

    There are so many changes that NEED to happen. It used to be an amazing place to work but the culture is depressing. In the past, people would love to be friendly and were actually excited to be there. After some harsh notices and changes (mostly around salary, benefits and structure), many became incredibly depressed and resentful. There is little to no work/life balance and there is no career advancement. If you are one of the lucky few (and I mean few) who are promoted, you are done so with only minimal salary increase (about 3-4K). However, if you leave and then come back to that position, you will be rewarded with at least 20K more than when you left. Many people in National do not care about the mission. The chapters do not believe in national, which makes it even harder to come together as a group. In addition, the Foundation is bad at trying new ideas and tends to do the exact same thing year after year. I would, though, be incredibly sad to see this foundation disappear. I was a strong volunteer before working there and after seeing it from the inside, it's hard to be as passionate. In addition, most people do the work of three people and barely get paid enough for one person.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the changes in the world and try something new (and realize that you cannot change everything in just three months, but you can make a start at least). Provide employees opportunities to advance and give them adequate salaries to match their titles and responsibilities.



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