Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
220 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  

    Too much involvement from regional and divisional offices

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

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people in district offices who are really focused on the families being served and raising the money necessary to support our research and services.

    Cons

    Lack of understanding from regional and divisional managers that what works in Los Angeles may not work in Topeka, and vice versa. No understanding of the hours put in from Executive Director to Administrative Assistant, i.e. you worked all day and then went straight to support group until 10pm? too bad you better be at work by 9am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the district offices when they tell you why some programs work and others don't in their area. They live here, you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rebuilding a Plane in Flight

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Staff are friendly and helpful; tend to be cooperative across distinct lines.
    The insurance and retirement options are good for non-profit work.
    Salaries are fair for the market.

    Cons

    There is a poor work/life balance for much of the year.
    There is extremely high turnover.
    Training is very often lacking in practical applications for account management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Aug 6, 2014HR

    Thank you so much for your review. We value the feedback you have provided. We would like to take the opportunity to address your comment of "poor work/life balance for much of the year". MDA is ... More

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Medical, dental, vision, Vacay days, sick, personal 9-5 working hrs

    Cons

    Low pay. Upper management does not communicate well. Uneasy feeling about job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider letting people know the truth about at you're doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    little training, lots of work, but also lots of freedom and comfort in sharing ideas, GREAT people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    freedom, empowerment to share ideas, work with a diverse group of people

    Cons

    lots of weekend events, alot of work and reporting, but worth it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't get too far removed from fundraising because there is constant change and if you are too far removed then you won't have the best ideas or the recent experience from which to draw your ideas/advice.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Do not work for this company!

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

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    The best thing are the client families that you help!

    Cons

    Horrible work-life balance! They expect you to drop everything, even last minute, to work nights and weekends with no comp days.
    Extremely unrealistic goals and expectations set by the regional office.
    Too much regional involvement in daily activities (multiple meetings with regional a week when you could have been doing your job)
    I had years of non profit experience before I worked for this company and this is by far the worst I've ever seen regarding "money focused" and they completely lose sight of "the cause".
    No feeling of job security.
    High turnover.
    Trained very poorly!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Administrative tasks are varied and interesting

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

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

    Pros

    At the end of the day you are fighting muscle disease and making lives better. After 5 years the time off is good. The job it self, the tasks and responsibilities are varied and interesting and can be challenging.

    Cons

    The constant turn over makes progress impossible. Constantly training someone new leaves no time to develop and grow. People beyond the office are beginning to listen but the people making the decisions, policies and programs have no clue how to do the jobs they are dictating to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't roll out new ideas, programs, procedures until you trouble shoot and work out the problems.
    Field test or do more field testing before implementing new things.
    Listen to the people doing the job.
    Stop talking about what you're planning to do and start talking about what you are doing. Stop talking in vague buzz words and team speak and tell us what's going on with plain honest communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Lake Mary, FL

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission. Great co-workers. Decent environment.

    Cons

    No training…. no upward movement… no hope

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Florida offices together...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, great cause.........but......

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

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you view yourself as working for the families that MDA serves, it makes it almost worth it! The feeling of satisfaction knowing that you are making a positive impact in people's lives! The board has started to make some positive moves in terms of leadership changes but needs to continue.

    Cons

    The lack of stability for the past several years...never knowing (for sure) when the next "big" organizational change is coming and how it may impact you or your teams. The culture of secrecy in the organization...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board and new CEO have brought some much needed change to the organization and I encourage them to continue with those changes but to adjust their focus. To date the focus has been on closing field offices and effectively reducing the number of qualified and successful fundraisers from the field at the same time expecting the same or even better fundraising results. I suggest taking a look at some of the senior leadership that is still hanging on who have been with the organization 30ish years but have not experienced success since the passing of the last successful CEO many years ago. These are the folks who have created the atmosphere of fear that many reviewers mention. Removing them and their bloated salaries would allow you to keep much needed fundraisers in the field. During the toughest times the organization went through several years ago, when salaries in the field were frozen they were still receiving bonuses and "other compensation" that the field never did see. Feel free to check out the annual reports from several years ago to verify that...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Never a Dull Moment

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is definitely a job to be done here. There are lots of variety and plenty of opportunities to widen your skill-set and learn new things. The people are great. MDA is a focused, dedicated and energetic group working toward a common good. It's exciting and challenging.

    Cons

    Time and change. The unbelievable fluidity that comes with constant change is the biggest obstacle. The boat has been rocked a few times in the last couple of years. Systems changes, management changes and company-wide reorganization have made staying on board and holding steady a hearty task. It isn't for the faint of heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the sails up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hard work but great team

    Former Employee - Executive Director in Charleston, WV
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Charleston, WV

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great team,wonderful mission and they take care of you.

    Cons

    VERY lean so you will wear a lot of hats and they are trying to stay competitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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