Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
219 Reviews
2.6
219 Reviews
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Muscular Dystrophy Association President & CEO Steven M. Derks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I knew I wanted to make a difference for the people that changed my outlook on life (in 17 reviews)

  • Benefits are good, families are amazing (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Potential for nonexistent work-life-balance during busy seasons depending on local leadership (in 20 reviews)

  • You are expected to work a crazy amount of nights and weekends with absolutely NO comp time in exchange (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love MDA!

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

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Connections, doing something for someone else, fun job.

    Cons

    Pay, travel. Charity business seems to be declining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the good ones more and get rid of the bad ones. A college degree isn't everything that makes a good employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Very happy after 1 year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, very interested in training employees for possible upward mobility, making a lot of HR improvements to become an employer of choice

    Cons

    long hours during peak times of the year, but not too bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was a great experience to interact with different families who are affected by Muscular Dystrophy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Passionate about helping the families they serve
    It is a great opportunity to learn about the different aspects of a nonprofit organization

    Cons

    Pretty much everything is based on numbers
    Sometimes you have to be a little pushy to get what you need

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HealthCare Services Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - HealthCare Services Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I knew what ever I did at work had a direct impact on someones life, someone who need that advocate to fight for them and the benefits that they have through MDA

    Cons

    Constant change, The recession hit MDA very hard but we were still able to to commit the best service to our client families.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for a temporary job

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

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Positive managers, good work-life balance and willing to let you off work whenever necessary

    Cons

    Low pay, cold calling gets old very fast

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great vision with lacking direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Time off, Healthcare, work-life balance

    Cons

    Asked to do more and more but was never compensated for it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People that are still want to be there and if they get appropriate compensation for their efforts, they will be there for the long haul

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely the worst non-profit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    nothing, nothing, and more nothing.

    Cons

    this is absolutely the worst non-profit in the country. they lie about how they spend the money raised, they mislead sponsors and families about what their fundraising dollars are spent on. the whole thing is one big scam. i'm not even going to get started about how they treat their staff, it's not worth my time. just word to the wise, stay as far away from this place as possible, and don't donate to them, it just supports their lies and all their smoke and mirrors ridiculousness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    what are you doing exactly? nobody who works there believes you even care about the reality of working in the field. get over yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting Better but still a long way to go

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Maywood, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Maywood, NJ

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible with time, as long as you're in the office by 11 am it is considered a full day of pay or you can leave after 3 pm and it's the same; they offer a flex spending account; the health care is okay but dentist needs some work

    Cons

    No room for growth or promotions; office culture is very selfish; No raises in over 5 years and no talk of raises in the future; they give you a lot of different responsibilities and initiatives to keep up with and those are always changing so it's difficult to keep up in the time you're given to complete assignments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    MDA

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

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Pros

    This organization is doing great things for families who are affected by Muscular Dystrophy. Specifically the tangible support services and free clinics and even medical equipment that they provide. Great new leadership, alot is changing but, it will take some time.

    Cons

    The organization does not pay a salary that is equivalent to other organizations. It is significantly lower than it should be. In addition, the organization is a little behind on the times and it will take a good 3-5 years of re-building to properly teach staff how to manage funds with a strategy that works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to be more communicative and candid with staff. There is a great culture and lots of work life balance but, the compensation needs to improve and the respect for people as individuals needs improvement.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company for first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The MDA has a great mission and fundraising events are fun.

    Cons

    Over worked and no comp time
    No opportunity for growth
    No raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the boots on the ground, the "little people" in the trenches bringing in the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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