March of Dimes

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March of Dimes Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
86 Reviews
3.0
86 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)

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

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  1.  

    Great mission, talented staff, wonderful volunteers

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    Current Employee - Community Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Community Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    An opportunity to impact peoples lives positively, while increasing awareness around prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality

    Cons

    Too many mid level managers and lack the direction and forward thinking needed for future growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start from scratch. It's time to rethink how you do business since most companies are bottom up with their charitible giviing replacing the top down approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Community Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Community Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at March of Dimes

    Pros

    Great mission & cause, benefits decent, lots of PTO

    Cons

    No insight into overall direction. Metrics stifling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Other than the mission ...

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

    I have been working at March of Dimes

    Pros

    A good mission and a dedicated staff of intelligent people. Nice number of holidays/vacation days.

    Cons

    The cons are everything else. IT is the worst I have ever experienced. The systems do not function and make one's job more time-consuming than it need be. The help desk is anything but helpful. They try to get by 'on the cheap'.
    Communication is another area that needs help. In the decade that I have been there, what the March of Dimes stands for is still a mystery to the man on the street - it is "Jerry's kids"/ "like Easter Seals"? something to do with babies? etc....
    There is also poor communications within the company - within and between depts. Also, there is no 'personal touch' with management - most things are done online, with very little human interaction.
    It has become a very bottomline-oriented place, where employees are "nickled and dimed" (no pun intended) salary-wise.
    Health benefits are OK if you're a mom with kids. Other than that, not so great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Division Executive Director
    Former Employee - Division Executive Director

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well compensated, challenging, co-workers and staff were amazing, felt like I was making a difference raising money to help babies and their families

    Cons

    Micromanaging hierarchy eventually drove me from the company. Time for a new President - the current one is inflexible and new blood is needed to lead the organization into this century. Too much promoting from within at the senior levels is not contributing to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New senior leadership including a new President if you are going to take the March of Dimes into the next century. Continuing to do the same things with different leaders the say way is going to continue to give you the same results. Not good. Stop micromanaging so tightly and let the leaders you hire lead. My old boss was all about ED's just executing the ideas the State team thought up with no input on anything including budget. Let leaders be part of the leadership team and you will see change.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Employment Resource for job seekers with disabilities

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    very helpful, lots of resources and info, employment initiatives and incentives.

    Cons

    end up with unpaid work, progress is slow, job seekers don't get always get a proper job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are eager job seekers awaiting employment opportunities. Do more to make sure that people get jobs and not end up with unpaid work.

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

    Good organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at March of Dimes as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good organization. I was only an intern so I can't speak to the pay. Nice people. Good cause

    Cons

    No pay. Just a lowly intern.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Experience

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    Current Employee - Community Director
    Current Employee - Community Director

    I have been working at March of Dimes

    Pros

    This is most of the time a great work environment. It can get stressful, however that is to be expected during walk season and special event season.

    Cons

    The office culture can be a bit different. Lots of small offices, and no one to guide those who are managing. It is all done over the phone, which I do not believe is efficient enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to take care of your employees in a nurturing environment where people feel like they can contribute. There is not always a perfect way to do things, and each specific individual brings different strengths to the table.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 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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