Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
215 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  

    The Rewards Far Outweigh the Challegnes

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    The people you encounter while working at MDA are remarkable - from the families we serve, to the sponsors and colleagues who work along side you - the people are the best of the best.
    The work allows you to use all your talents and learn and discover new ones.
    The families made it all worthwhile.

    Cons

    MDA has been going through a lot of change and change is tough. The work is hard and demanding and not for everyone at every time of his/her life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment of trust and respect that crosses all lines of the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work experience, even better life experience.

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    The people that work at MDA, and especially the families that you get to work for, make each day worth it.
    You get to do various events and experiences that make it different than previous jobs and gives a strong growth of skills.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of change of the past several years and it's been tough. Smaller teams make it challenging for those trying to get everything done in the best way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through on what is said and remember your current team members are your strongest advocates and resource.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "The Mission is Everything"

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    At the heart of this organization is an unwavering passion to fulfill its mission of eliminating the world of muscle disease. The message is reflected in MDA's focus, its people and dedicated supporters. In a challenging fundraising environment, MDA has retained a generous health care package and made several changes to its time off policies to help foster a more sustainable work-life balance. MDA places a great deal of focus on promoting talented team members. The level of talent, drive and commitment of its workforce is astounding. The families that you meet and the stories of their courage are incredible. It is a very rewarding career.

    Cons

    Unlike some of their peer organizations, MDA is still trying to dig its way out of the damaging economic climate from the last five years and overcome some significant revenue losses. This has resulted in severe cutbacks, closure of field offices and has damaged the morale level. Its flagship fundraising campaigns have not kept pace with the changing demands in the marketplace which has also impacted revenue levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although mission is the foundation to the organization, there needs to be a stronger sense of responsibility to the employees that are the backbone. The talent erosion over the past few years due to lack of adequate compensation is unfortunate. The efforts to improve the work/life balance are notable but employees are unable to take advantage of the opportunities due to the high expectations and round the clock emails.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cold call business and community leaders and recruit them to become jailbirds to raise bail money for MDA.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
    Former Employee - Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Comfortable station/desk. 1 day of training/coaching. 30 minute lunch (unpaid though). Friendly co-workers. Incentives to get you get jailbirds/nominations.

    Cons

    Cold-calling. Meeting quotas. Quota of 1 volunteer/hour. Temp position that's about 30 days. Adding personality & excitement to a long script without them hanging up/cutting you off (sales pitch). A little bit of people to call, so having to get nominations. Gatekeepers (especially doctor's offices, schools, and big companies) make it difficult to reach key leaders. Constantly sent to voice mail with no call backs. People are rude and get agitated if they've been called before. People are also busy, or just not interested in helping nonprofits. People say they'll check with their district manager and get back to you, when you have quotas to meet. People don't respond well to jail theme/ cheesy script

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate mailing and email to get past gatekeepers. Start recruiting earlier. Change dates so it's not during vacation/busy times. Change script to be more conversational/ have interaction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fraudulent activity prevalent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    The manager of this office allows recruiters to indicate they work for the venue which is hosting the lock up event. This practice continues despite my numerous complaints. It is nearly impossible to make your quota without taking advantage of this little trick. I was called out for doing what the most successful recruiter in the office does every day and was told I could not do it. Management does not listen and there is no documentation by recruiters. I have no idea how they report on activity since their recruiters do not document. Wa.y too much work for the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people who are older and wiser and have much more corporate experience than you do. Do not allow double standards. Rules apply to everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission, toxic management - on all levels.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    I had the pleasure of working with a few great people that I would work with again if given the opportunity.

    The families were my motivation! They are an amazing and unique group of people that I will keep in touch with for years to come!

    Cons

    Work load, stress level, LONG hours, unrealistic expectations, no respect from management, no matter how good you are/do it's never good enough.

    No work life balance...all work all the time.

    Micromanagement at its worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHANGE IS GOOD!
    The only way this organization will make thrive again is for upper management to change! Either change the way they think, act and treat their employees or for several new people with new and fresh ideas to enter those positions. If you don't start treating your employees like they matter and you respect and appreciate all that they are doing, you will continue to receive reviews like these and have one of the highest turnover rates of all nonprofits!

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

    Only of you really need a job

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The families were great. Some co-workers also very motivated and fun to be around.

    Cons

    Poor management, poor pay, poor compensation. No reason to work hard and meet your goals when the person next to you isnt. So much turnover and minimizing office staff increasing the work load of staff. They are putting money in the wrong places. No leadership on the district level. No growth opportunities as they keep cutting positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and try again. What you have isn't working.

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

    Unfortunate State of Affairs

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Motivated to work for a cause to see hope in the eyes of those you strive to help.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, executive management, work life balance is non-existent, poor asset control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit compensation and leadership of both National and Divisional Offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A very structured work environment with great impact on patients and families.

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

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

    Pros

    Very clearly stated goals
    Ability to make a difference in patient's lives
    Variety in daily tasks

    Cons

    Lots of phone work
    No flexibility in schedule
    Lots and lots of oversight and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the mountains of rules, forms and procedures
    Allow people to match schedules to work load

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing mission, positive change underway

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great changes in place for organization that's regaining its edge as charity.

    Cons

    Heart-wrenching work fighting diseases that haven't had cures....but progress on the horizon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love the change underway.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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