March of Dimes

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March of Dimes Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
80 Reviews
2.9
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Jennifer L. Howse
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Review Highlights

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

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

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  1.  

    Great organization with important mission... local Minnesota office is very disorganized

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    Former Employee - Community Director in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Community Director in Edina, MN

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with a purpose, ability to meet wonderful families and volunteers, great benefits

    Cons

    Disorganization in the local Minnesota office, poor management, work-life balance can be frustrating at times, especially during times of important projects or events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring of local Minnesota Chapter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful cause, need to focus on the people not just the process

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission, hardworking staff and volunteers.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch, puts up with mediocre field managers with very little concentration on volunteer development. Success will never be achieved when there is no investment in relationship building. Both with staff and volunteers. Need to address the high turnover rate, costing the organization millions. Stop worrying about the dress code and start worrying about the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look inward the problem is not the mission. Create an atmosphere of inclusion. Stop the cookie cutter mentality, and start encouraging creative solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disorganized. Unrealistic goals. Set up to fail.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    Excellent history and mission.

    Cons

    National mindset out of touch with local communities. High pressure to meet goals asap no matter what has not been done right in the past. Lack of accountability to fix problem areas. HUGE I.T. problems. Cloud based systems are terribly slow, tech very outdated. Despite feedback from local offices no changes made to fix the issues. Set up to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your chapters. Spend more money to make money at the LOCAL level. Don't be the organization that only shows up when you want something. Learn to do proper cultivation and grow relationships instead of being overly aggressive in tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes

    Pros

    Flexibility, especially for employees with children (flexible work schedule, summer hours). Good work-life balance. Employee benefits are good (great for pregnant women).

    Cons

    Identity crisis - top management floundering in mission direction. Since there is no clear direction from management, there is a lot of frustration and waste of effort and money. Disorganized. Some departments (like IT) very unprofessional. If you are thinking of joining MOD because you want to do good, you will be disillusioned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience! Worked in a number of different roles within the organization and learned a lot!

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    Former Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Sudbury, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Sudbury, ON (Canada)

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great management and leadership, friendly and warm environment, staff who genuinely care about the organization's cause, opportunities for advancement especially if you're willing to put in the time and also move locations, Great work life balance, flex schedule available which gives every second Friday off. Organization is a big believer of Fish Philosophy. Excellent salary and compensation which reflects education and designations obtained.

    Cons

    Very few if any... employee review is only done once a year (probably due to the fact that they are non profit and therefore more limited time and resources), but not really a big deal as supervisors and managers are always willing to make time to speak with you if you have any issues or concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once a great organization, now struggling to keep up with the times

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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 an year)

    Pros

    The history of the organization is amazing. There are some great employees - mostly in the mid-level of coordinators and managers and a few directors. The organization does provide support and an important emotional connections for families of premature babies. At the national office most people seem to have a decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Senior management at national needs to be replaced - there's no other nice way to say it. People at the top have been there forever and are resistant to change. They run great people off. There is too much of a fundraising culture and archaic fundraising practices that are embarrassing (dime mailings, robo-calling). More of the money raised should go to programs. The organization is failing to make as much of a difference as it could, the focus is on raising more money instead of spending it wiser. The result is declining numbers year after year. It does not look optimistic that will change. There is limited growth as people at the top tend to stay there. Even jobs vacated end up "reevaluated" and ultimately not replaced. There is no senior person on revenue development or corporate partnerships and it doesn't even appear that filling those roles is a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to reevaluate your movement away from allowing telecommuting (when other organizations are moving in the opposite direction). Focus on the impact of your mission and the money will come, not the other way around. You need a new President and senior leadership to overhaul the organization or you will continue to struggle and lose great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Organization, Great Mission, Horrible Business Operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    March of Dimes has a great mission to help save the lives of babies. The actual work I did was fulfilling and impactful and I really enjoyed working with our volunteer leaders. They do offer a generous amount of vacation time, but due to your work load, it's hard to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    The organization is very outdated in their operations. Most staff are micromanaged and not empowered to do the job in which they were hired to do. Highly pressured, overworked, and most employees get burned out in nearly 2 years. Top-level management stick together and ignore concerns from lower level staff members, thus you have a high turnover rate of employees. Unrealistic fundraising goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more money in media and communications to bring greater awareness to the brand and mission of the March of Dimes from a national level. Many people still do not know what the organization does. Get more young qualified talent in the National Office and top leadership position, and show a genuine concern and investigate employee concerns and the high turnover rates in various chapters.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Interesting.

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    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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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