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Make-A-Wish Foundation Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Great mission and value statements (in 14 reviews)

  • Everyone there loves what they do and it's a great thing to see great people pull off an amazing job like this (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay (non-profit), little opportunity to get hired on after internship completed (in 19 reviews)

  • There are no cons from my experience (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Development Title"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Intern in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Development Intern in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Hands-On Experience
    Take on various roles/wear multiple hats

    Cons

    Not much room for growth
    Limited hiring
    Salary- like any nonprofit, limited
    Too much leisure time by staff

    Advice to Management

    Look more into hiring interns directly into positions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked, unhappy staff"

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    Current Employee - Development in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Development in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission
    Great national conference which gives you hope it will get better - it doesn't

    Cons

    Overworked
    Underpaid
    Poor leadership
    No HR departments at most chapters, mine included, so no one to talk to about problems
    Everyone has 2-3 jobs on their schedule
    Takes over your life
    Unhappiness

    Advice to Management

    Manage the workload on staff and treat them with some respect.


  3. "Good organization. On the right track"

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    Former Employee - Wish Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Wish Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Colleagues, nice office and location north of DC. Inspiring and fulfilling work.

    Cons

    Chapter went through several leadership changes in short period of time. Lack of transparency was a big issue. However, things are on the right track.


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  5. "Volunteer Work"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting the family's and especially the kids who truly do mean every thank you and appreciate you on a scale like
    none other. The people you work with (in my experience) are never grumpy or irritated. Everyone there loves what they do and it's a great thing to see great people pull off an amazing job like this.

    Cons

    Getting know you kids and understanding that as happy and cheerful as they are and they experience is, 80% of them will pass.

    Advice to Management

    I loved the whole thing. No advice at the time!


  6. "Not the same workplace anymore"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Sense of purpose
    You can pat yourself on the back and keep telling yoursel what a gift you are to the world
    Decent pay in most cases
    Good benefits overall. HR goes out of their way to improve things.
    You can pat yourself on the head and say to yourself "I'm such an angel to all these kids

    Cons

    probably better to keep my mouth shut

    Advice to Management

    remember your roots.


  7. "Communications Intern"

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    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Westerville, OH
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Westerville, OH

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

    Pros

    Wonderful mission that everybody is working towards. You can really feel the unity throughout the organization. Truly a magical company.

    Cons

    Hard to think of any cons!


  8. "Wonderful! Inspiring!"

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    Current Employee - Director of Development in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Director of Development in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Make a difference everyday and help make wishes come true! You wake up everyday and want to go to work!

    Cons

    There are not really cons to this job. You have an experience of a lifetime and help make an impact upon others lives!

    Advice to Management

    Inspiration


  9. "Senior Wish Coordinator Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Riverside, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Make-A-Wish Foundation (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great opportunity to make connections. It was an amazing feeling to help a child's wish come true.

    Cons

    The organization would benefit from having a social worker that could provide case management services to the families.


  10. "Wish granting volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been volunteering at the wish granting department for over 6 years. They are the heart and soul of the organization. The wish coordinators are hard working people, devoted to the mission of the organization. It's a very fulfilling position that requires empathy above everything else.

    Cons

    The chapter has changed management recently and it's becoming too corporate. Too much pressure and emphasis on social media.


  11. "Program Intern"

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    Former Employee - Program Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Make-A-Wish was one of the best environments I could ever be with, the people you surround yourself with are so dedicated and everyday you feel amazing coming in

    Cons

    There are no negative cons to this job!

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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