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"Enormous change"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

You get the opportunity to work with some amazing families who always make you realize why you go to work every morning. Really get to make a difference in their lives.

Cons

This is an organization going through an enormous amount of change right now with a new CEO and many high level executives being brought in from another non-profit (the CEO's previous employer). There are constant reorganizations of the field structure and continuous layoffs - probably every 6-8 months at this point. Very little structured training - you get thrown in to sink or swim. There has been a salary freeze for five years - no raises and nothing on the horizon. Recently slashed their research funding, which is really important to families. Yet they continue to hire fundraising executives.

Advice to Management

More transparency to the families you support and to your employees. Actually invest in serving families - not just fundraising. Spend more time and resources on the recruitment and retainment of quality employees who work with families.

Other Employee Reviews for Muscular Dystrophy Association

  1. "Amazing growth"

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    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is change among the company right now, which is a benefit to many in the company. The company is making changes for long term success.

    Cons

    the hours are Monday through Friday 9-5 with an hour lunch so with a 7 hour work day you consistently need to be getting work done, on the flip side only a 35 hour work week so you aren't tired and exhausted at the end of the week.


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    "Run Away, Far Away...And Don't Waste Your Time Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    1. The families support - research* (when there is sponsored research), clinics, summer camp for kids, a lot of outreach for pediatric patients
    2. Good cause (in theory)
    3. Decent Vacay, laid back offices (dress code chill, lax lunch hours, ect)

    Cons

    1.Horrible Life vs Work Balance - Temps CAN'T get their work accomplished in the time designated. If they go over hours yelled at, if they can't get it done they get yelled at. Worse for full time employees. Forget having a life...seriously. Yes, its non-profit but this is completely unrealistic.
    2. Felt like Middle School - unnecessary drama, no leadership support, cliquey and a lot of back talking. Rude employees
    3. Serious lack of leadership from National as well as in the local offices. No position makes sense, no defined roles and "leaders" have no real power.
    4. No development or communication or volunteer recruitment going on. A lot of wasted money on events and things that don't work. TEMPS spend time calling for events that bring in less than 15% of the budget for most offices. Cold Calling for fundraisers, fundraising Event planning for Health team? Really?
    5. Slow hiring, slow firing, SLOW SLOW SLOW. Slow bill pay, slow re-reimbursement for anything
    6. Over dependence on the families for financial support. HUGE expectations for families to contribute financial or at least fundraiser. We should be doing more for them...not the other way around
    7. No employee pay raises in 5 years. No real room for advancement. They don't typically hire temps full times so do not waste your time unless you want to be stuck as a temp. You'll get laid off before you get a pay raise.
    8. Severe lack of "branding" - no one knows MDA and they should.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your local offices - see what's work and what's not. REALLY. Give people reasonable rolls to play that they understand. Give EDs a chance to lead and if they fail, pull them. Teach your management that they need to HELP when necessary and not sit by and watch things blow up.
    Evaluate how to keep employee in the organization longer. You are loosing good people, knowledgeable people and shooting yourselves in the foot.
    Get some professionalism, at least outwardly. Dress code? No shorts/jeans ect? except for events and on fridays?

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