Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
219 Reviews
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not worth your time or effort

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

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Pros

    meeting some great people along the way, families, sponsors, coworkers, etc.

    Cons

    The organization is run like it's still in the 1960s, the culture is TERRIBLE, one of the worst I've ever seen. Late last year they had us all sign confidentiality agreements which say that even after leaving MDA you're not allowed to say anything negative about MDA. WHAT? REALLY? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE EXACTLY?

    Why not fix the problem, MDA, rather than try to intimidate your employees into silence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing at this point, management knows what the problems are and refuse to address it so....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 15, 2015HR Director

    Thank you very much for the feedback. We truly are reviewing these responses and working towards making improvements. We hope that this next year brings some positive change to our culture. Best ... More

  2.  

    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

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 15, 2015HR Director

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your pro's and con's about your time working for MDA! We appreciate the feedback. We are reviewing our pay practices along with the overall culture ... More

  3.  

    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

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 15, 2015HR Director

    Great, thank you so much for the positive feedback! We are working hard on all of the items you mentioned plus many more. Thanks for your support!

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  5.  

    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

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 15, 2015HR Director

    Our vision is to create a world free of the harmful effects of muscle disease and we are very passionate about helping those that we serve. I'm so happy to hear that you had a positive experience ... More

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    they don't really care

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    sometimes fun environment, some good coworkers

    Cons

    they don't care about their employees or their families. they honestly don't even seem to care about the money half time. more like managers justifying each others useless existences. they're definitely a "cut off your nose to spite your own face" type of organization. best advice of your life: do not take a job with these people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a REAL look at what's going on in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 15, 2015HR Director

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on your current experience with MDA. I can say without hesitation that we are working hard to improve our culture. We are truly taking the time to review ... More

  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 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
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Truly Horrific

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    I suppose the mission would be a pro if only the mission they claim to have were actually a priority...

    Cons

    When I say it is a truly horrific place to work, I mean it. I came to MDA with 4+ years of fundraising experience and an additional 4+ years of sales experience. I raised a lot of money for them in the years I was there, but I was miserable through ever minute of it. Management is terrible, the worst types of people get promoted to the highest divisional levels and then stay... FOREVER, driving talented field staff away, leading to the worst staff attrition I have ever encountered.

    I saw some of the most sub-human treatment of staff in my life during my time at MDA. It was just as traumatic to watch my coworkers leave work crying every other day as it was to experience being targeted, harassed, and bullied myself. I don't have enough fingers to count the number of fundraising coordinators that came and went in the time I was there, in an office of 5. Turnover was truly shocking, but what's worse is executive management doesn't seem to be interested in fixing the problem behind it. Therefore my district and many other districts were literally bleeding money from loss of sponsors and family relationships that the turnover created.

    I would not wish the MDA work culture on my worst enemy. It's truly a shame how disgusting a place it is. MDA management should be ashamed of themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING USEFULL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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

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