Muscular Dystrophy Association - Undergoing progressive changes and restructuring for a better future, they will get there, I'm just not a "lifer" | Glassdoor
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"Undergoing progressive changes and restructuring for a better future, they will get there, I'm just not a "lifer""

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Former Employee - Executive Director in Eugene, OR
Former Employee - Executive Director in Eugene, OR
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

-Families are amazing
-Intimate team environment
-Can develop many management skills
-Fast paced and challenging
-Easy to demonstrate leadership although not always recognized or noticed by anyone that cares
-Good times had with sponsors, volunteers, and summer camp community especially
-Generous paid time off

Cons

-Reactive and not proactive in approach to local HR issues
-Do not give local Directors autonomy to make needed changes to their staff members, all decisions done across the board, been carrying dead weight a little too long and as a result have nothing to reward or develop young talent through incentivizing.
-National Board waits until once a year to make serious decisions that impact all local levels, they do this by looking two years ahead for what they want and judging you on the year before - seeing no potential or regard for local turnover issues or things that might have affected you on a local level.
-They want Directors to manage an office staff, carry an equal fundraising load, and manage the Health Care Services, too many hats to wear to be effective and the organization cannot effectively get the upper management for these areas to communicate on the same page.
-They cut the internal meetings budget, felt like I was on an island sometimes, just did the best I could without much opportunity to connect with others - good for developing decision making I guess
-No coaching for new Executive Directors or Area Directors
-"Save my own but" mentality from layers of management, poor and selective communication only when it hits the fan

Advice to Management

Accounting and legal remain at national level, grow your national business development team in vertical major markets, and maybe run things more autonomously for the rest of the field through metro or "state"-wide offices.

Other Employee Reviews for Muscular Dystrophy Association

  1. "MDA is a great place to be a volunteer recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Call Recruiter in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Call Recruiter in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    short work hours and short break

    Cons

    some people were rude on the other end of the line


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    "One company to stay away from!"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very little. The only good thing to come to mind is the abundance of paid holidays.

    Cons

    Where to begin. Management is seriously lacking, and that is being generous. MDA hires young, inexperienced people who cannot lead and then lets the district fail. The district and divisional management in the Milwaukee region is too engrossed with gossiping, playing favorites and being friends to truly manage.

    The most heinous part of the Milwaukee office is one employee in particular who is a 100% bully who forced 4 people in one year to leave MDA with her awful, abusive and rude behavior. When multiple people brought this to management's attention, it was ignored. In any other company, this person would be fired for her poor attitude, lack of professionalism and inability to do their job, but at MDA they were protected by higher-ups who they had befriended.

    There is a strong sense of those who have been at MDA the longest versus "the newbies" which creates a toxic, unprofessional, uncomfortable and competitive work environment. When this, again, was brought to management it was swept under the rug. In fact, management is one of the biggest parts of this unprofessional atmosphere as they would rather be friends with those they like on a personal level then to do their job.

    The Milwaukee MDA office can be summed up as follows: a trip back in time to middle school!

    Advice to Management

    Get management that has experience! The Milwaukee district needs real leadership, not a twenty-something who has no idea what is means to manage. Also review complaints against employees and work to resolve the issues. Bullying is not just a problem for school-age children. The lack of response to this real, serious issue goes all the way up to HR and the National level. The best thing to do when it comes to the Milwaukee office is to clean house!

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