March of Dimes

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March of Dimes Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
73 Reviews
3.0
73 Reviews
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Jennifer L. Howse
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great mission development, coworkers care for each other (in 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work-life balance isn't so great, especially around March for Babies season (in 4 reviews)

  • High overhead, lack of concern about employees, low pay, bad management, tacky fundraising practices, etc (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    I believe in their mission. I gained a lot of varied experience working here.

    Cons

    No room for advancement in the local chapter.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager  in  Pine Brook, NJ
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Pine Brook, NJ

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best part of working for the March of Dimes is the mission which is truly inspiring.Other options, although salaries may not be as high as some organizations, there is flexibility that you do not have in other companies. Great vacation, personal and holidays - more than most offer.

    Cons

    Challanges being there isn't much room for advancement. Praise for a job well done is not often given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give praise from the top. Executive directors are encouraging but not necessarily any higher up than that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good organization, great history, facing struggles in a changing world.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good mission, people care about what they do. Great history of success, and does more than most people think to prevent prematurity and birth defects.

    Cons

    Lots of cost cutting in all areas during the last few years. They seem to think that spending less will magically make things better. Environment is stifling for growth and new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try something new. Change! More training for new staff, investment in new things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Volunteer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes

    Pros

    This company has good values.

    Cons

    No cons to think of.

  6.  

    completely blindsided

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes

    Pros

    great mission development, coworkers care for each other

    Cons

    not professional in times of turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    volunteers are the backbone of the march of dimes. The depth of their pockets shouldn't define just how important they are to the organization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overwork Underpay- Insulting to Health & Human Services Field

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission is great, many are touched by preemie babies and childhood diseases so it is an easy cause to market fundraising toward.

    Cons

    Corporate mentality, management top heavy by individuals who care little about local needs/resources and more about financial goals. Financial goals are everything, and providing living wages is not of interest to company. If you work this job or any Coordinator or Director positions --below state level-- you won't accrue enough hours for benefits by design. You will need food stamps if you stay here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassess your strategies. The people at the bottom do much of the work, while the people at the top just analyze and make poor decisions. Upper management is not in touch with local economies, most Directors at Chapters are figure-heads and have no authority to change things for the better. Mission can't matter more to the people on the floor -- they aren't the ones making poor decisions, but they are the ones who stay and deal with consequences of those who leave for better paying jobs. Regional execs look for stepping stones--it hurts the people who work under them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    WORST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Director  in  Sayreville, NJ
    Former Employee - Community Director in Sayreville, NJ

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only good thing I could say about The March of Dimes is the MISSION.

    Cons

    Beyond Terrible Management
    No real training- The March for Babies Basics Training wasn't helpful.
    No guidance or help
    Under-compensated
    Mistreated
    Under-Appreciated
    Complete Dysfunction
    No Room for growth
    HIGH turnover
    Inconsistent standards
    Things never change for the good they don't do things logically so it hurts the company.
    Stressful
    There is no aspect of being a team player.
    They mistreat/over exhaust volunteers- they take them for granted.
    ITS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHANGE YOUR WAYS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Terrible Organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive....barely. There really are no more positives at all about this organization.

    Cons

    Where to begin. The organization is a joke when it comes to money being raised going anywhere except its own pockets. Spends millions on pointless seminars and gatherings. Management only cares about the preservation of themselves as opposed to making sure the office is run properly. Also, management could not be more condescending. It is rampant across the country where management (executive directors, state directors, etc) look down on those in positions below theirs. These are facts that cannot be ignored and after my short time there would NEVER be a part of anything March of Dimes related again. They are like the Wizard of Oz...No Heart, No Brains!, and No Courage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve problems internally by actually solving the problem. Nonprofits are not supposed to be run like corporations with robotic management that are quick to point blame away from themselves and treat employees like they are line items instead of people. Actually do some good with the millions you raise!! You don't do a damn thing but pay yourselves great salaries, throw yourselves great parties and vacations, and claim to tackle a problem that is too diverse in cause to be of any help whatsoever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Dying brand with lack of focus and donor stewardship.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    Vacation time, if you get the opportunity to use it.

    Cons

    Constant turnover, less than competitive pay, work-life balance was way off, unrealistic goals and boiler-room fear driven sales mentality. March of Dimes has clearly been losing revenue and major donors over the past several years. The foundation has lost focus of building relationships and is more focused on "get the dollars in the door however you can as fast as you can" and that greedy attitude drove away a lot of our major and long-time donors. When you have Kmart as one of your largest partners, it's like having the titanic as your lifeboat. The values of this organization fostered a culture of negativity across our whole state. Over 2/3 of the entire state's workforce has resigned in the last 18 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a major deep dive into your donor stewardship culture, relationships ultimately win, desperation and greed is not flattering. Focus on the immense redundancy of your data management tools, CRM, and reporting.. a lot of unnecessary double-entry and inefficient processes. SPEND MONEY ON ADVERTISING, nobody knows what you do and media partnerships get you bus shelters and billboards right in the areas of town where you're most likely to reach the people that have the least to give. Pay your community directors competitively with other non-profits. It's costing you more to hire and train sub-par people for the same position every 12 months than it would be to hire a good person who will stay, that is just common sense. Develop an on boarding program that consists of more than a checklist and a few short videos. Finally, the most important.. lead with positivity and integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Important Mission, Horrible management - - -

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    After polio, MOD moved to birth defects, and later to pre-term birth. Focus on having a 'healthy' full-term pregnancy is a admirable/positive goal.

    Cons

    Lip service, at best, is made to the MOD's public mission. HUGE emphasis on fundraising even for the non-fundraising staff. The organization was spread all over the state, so you either spent time traveling or on the phone constantly. Executive level managers played favorites and had their 'cliche'. In the cliche, you were golden, outside the cliche, you had a target on your back. Poor executive leadership at the state level. Employers are expected to make contributions back to the organization. If you at in a upper level position, you're expected to contribute $1,000 of your salary annually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some 'real' leadership skills and don't pay lip service to it. Train/support the fundraising employees and respect the mission and the programs that support the mission. Programmatic activity should not be considered a 'cost' center. Build partnerships and stop being territorial. MCH is a tough field with many organiztions working toward the same goal. Step back the strong emphasis on fundraising and focus on why the funds are being raised. Stop expecting the only 'good' volunteers are those who bring in major funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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