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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?

Other Employee Reviews for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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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.


  2. "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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