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Make-A-Wish Foundation Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great mission and value statements (in 16 reviews)

  • Very happy and rewarding work environment and I learned a lot (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Low level employees are paid minimum/low wage without large room for growth due to non-profit sector (in 23 reviews)

  • No cons to mention for this organization (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Make A Wish"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    Bothing wrong with the Make a Wish foundation


  2. "Make A Wish of Metro New York and Western NY"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Make-A-Wish Foundation full-time

    Pros

    - Wonderful cause.
    - Generally, a happy place to be.

    Cons

    - As much as management pretends to care about you both as an employee and an individual, they don’t. They don’t give you the tools you need to succeed in your position and then blame you for everything that’s going wrong.
    - Senior management has been at the organization long enough that they should realize a pattern, it’s not the people you’re hiring that can’t perform, it’s the illogical way you’re trying to run this organization.
    - HIGH turnover rate. About 10 people were fired/left this year alone.
    - No HR department. HR ‘rep’ is COO who is part of the problem and very friendly with people whom you would like to make complaints about.
    - Low pay and few vacation days/holidays.
    - Expect you to work a crazy amount of hours (evenings and weekends) to get to their goal of wishes.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of placing blame on the employees for certain numbers, why not take a look at the bigger picture to see what’s happening with the organization as a whole. If our Board members or volunteers were to find out how staff is treated and what happens behind all of the inspiring wishes, it could really tarnish the MAW brand.

  3. "awful place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Make-A-Wish Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there were no pros, really.

    Cons

    churns employees constantly due to awful management, extremely high-stress environment, penalized employees for decisions of upper management, indecisive, constantly "restructuring" everyone out of jobs


  4. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work is extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    Interns are not paid for their time.


  5. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Make-A-Wish Foundation part-time

    Pros

    The people and the community.

    Cons

    Low pay and high turnover.


  6. "Opportunity to Help Transform Lives"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Make-A-Wish Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference through your work. Amazing people that are deeply passionate about the mission. Ability to try new things and innovate, if desired.

    Cons

    Typical cons of working for a nonprofit organization.


  7. "Great place to get your feet wet"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Make-A-Wish Foundation part-time

    Pros

    Great environment, good for college students to gain experience

    Cons

    not much room for growth, low pay, favoritism

  8. "Horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Make-A-Wish Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowing you work for an organization that grants wishes to sick children.

    Cons

    I've worked for Make A Wish for many years and have seen it crumble in terms of poor executive leadership, loosing really good people and replacing them with people with bad attitudes and poor judgement which has led to overall very bad morale among the employees. Human Resources tries to show they are addressing the many problems within the national office but it's just a smoke screen. Very poor job stability and no long term growth. Some of the executive leadership team are finally retiring and the others were hired in from a credit care company.... There are too many disadvantages to working for the National Office that there is not enough space but areas to avoid are human resources, CFS, anything job that involves finance or compliance I would highly recommend avoiding.

    Advice to Management

    I'd give advice but it wouldn't matter. They wouldn't care. They just collect their big paychecks and avoid the little people who keep MAW going.


  9. "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Make-A-Wish Foundation part-time

    Pros

    Leadership cares about you personally.

    Cons

    Difficult to see a career path


  10. Helpful (3)

    "MAW to Made a Mistake taking this job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Make-A-Wish Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location , underground parking, free coffee and ice cream.

    Cons

    Very poor and delusional leadership in the National Office. Hiring process for Managers and Directors is unbelievably poor for an organization of this size. In some cases, they interviewed only one candidate for Director positions and they were external candidates. Don't believe their "we hire from within" philosophy. Most of the Directors and Executive Leadership Team have come from other companies. not all but some. If you do decided to roll the dice, I would avoid any position that works directly with the chapters such as Chapter Advancement, Compliance or CFS. If you really want to work with Make a Wish, I would recommend working for a Chapter

    Advice to Management

    David Williams need to clean house from Directors on up.


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