March of Dimes

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March of Dimes Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
75 Reviews
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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)

  • Top-level management stick together and ignore concerns from lower level staff members, thus you have a high turnover rate of employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Interesting.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Organization

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

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (less than an 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

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