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March of Dimes Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Jennifer L. Howse
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Pros
  • There is a strong desire to support working parents and the organization has always presented a good work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Decent work life balance and a great mission (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • having organizational issues, lack of room for growth (in 7 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance: none- unless you have a manager that just doesn't care (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Sad decline at a wonderful organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    Important mission, generous holidays, strong history, impactful programs

    Cons

    Too many strong staff left or were laid off. Now there are inexperienced and insecure folks trying to rebuild. Also too many regional or national folks who are not directly raising much needed funds. New President is a ray of hope but needs to empower the field to move forward. Lots of morale issues.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a look at giving each employee a personal fundraising goal so those trying to tell everyone what to do can gain respect in the field. Focus on incentive programs to bring in new national sponsors. Talk candidly to the field leaders to garner helpful feedback. If new focus is major gifts, then train event staff in how to secure these. Public needs to rebuild trust in this company. Marketing needs to build plans around this. Take the blinds off and face reality that there is a lot of rebuilding and regaining public trust. It can be done as the Organization has come through many changes. Help your team gain confidence.


  2. "Focus on Equity, Diversity, and Healthy Beginnings? For Real?!!?!"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The amazing volunteers and supporters. Incredibly amazing how people and companies still support this badly managed organization. I cannot think of anything positive where this organization is going. Yes, there are still many people who continue to support this organization full heartedly. Moreover, lots of multinationals who have vested interest in babies and moms still need to align themselves to this organization because of their bottom line.

    Cons

    The new President, CMO (Chief Medical Officer), CDO (Chief Development Officer) and CTM (Chief Transformation Manager)are all extremely self serving, full of their very own agenda, promote favoritism and have no idea what maternal and infant health is all about.
    When the President has her full staff meeting, she has absolutely no clue what the true mission of the March of Dimes is trying to achieve. She can only talk about revenue and expenses. She has no clue to how to mobilize and inspire her employees, volunteers and funders.
    The Chief Medical Officer is extremely riddled with his own agenda and promoting his self serving mission. Everytime he speaks he sounds like his goal in life is to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He does not care about women's health nor addressing health disparities. He is arrogant and condescending.
    The Chief Transformation Officer is so far removed from her job and the people in her organization, it's embarrassing when she tries so hard and post live on social media. She is so unconvincing and inauthentic that she is like Donald Trump trying to convince everyone that he is a feminist. She is so fake it's painful to watch her.
    The new Chief Development Officer has a big ego. He feels that he can move mountains and part the Red Sea.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop hiring your cronies. It's very obvious that you are all just promoting yourselves and bringing people in to make yourselves appear and look good. It's inapproriate and looks unethical. It's crazy that you all believe that you can turn this organization around by being so self-serving, hire and promote incredibly incompetent people who you all use to work with at your previous jobs and have absolutely no idea what the true mission of the organization is. It's SAD.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking ship"

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

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros.

    Cons

    The organization, particularly the field fundraising staff, is a disaster. My market lacks leadership and teamwork. Coworkers are not collaborative and only focus on themselves rather than the mission.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at your markets and the lack of leadership. If a market has been in decline for several years and had high turnover that's a clear sign that you need new people in leadership roles.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Development manager"

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

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Unprofessional and highly political metrics for performance despite lip-service to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    Run this like a business, not like a fraternity of insiders.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great org but needs work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    Great organization however some things need improvement.

    Cons

    Went through two organization restructures within two years. Management that was hired was not great. Employees knew more than their managers along with a bad cultural in the office. No merit increases in the several years i worked there.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "New Leadership, Renewed Hope"

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    Current Employee - Director in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Director in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    New leadership, including CEO, marketing, fundraising and programs, are putting this wonderful cause back on a positive track. Current transformation to a digitally-savvy, 21st century work force including flexible work hours/locations, modern technology infrastructure, and a laser like focus on helping moms and kids. A leading voice at the national level on ensuring the moms and kids are protected in the current health care debate.

    Cons

    Some employees have long tenure and need help seeing how bright the future is.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the ambitious turn around!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Young Fundraiser beware"

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

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll learn the fundamentals of fundraising here. If you have a great management team , you'll meet your goals. The

    Cons

    Structure: No room for growth for fundraisers. I was a Community Director that could only be promoted to a Sr. Community Director and from my experience that took at least 5 years, no matter the budget you raised.
    Dated: The fundraising methods that were pushed on CDs were very dated. Other non profits are doing circles around MOD because they are up with the times as far as the way development is trending , who gives, technology etc. etc.
    Work Life Balance: none- unless you have a manager that just doesn't care.
    Pay: the pay here is terrible. I went to a smaller, local non profit and made 10k more easily
    Management: It seems that they'll let anyone become an ED. Mine had zero clue about development and I trained her for almost a year. Theres a manager for a manager for a manager for a manager at MOD. Way too much overhead. Hard to make sense of who handles what.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Cut out the people at the top.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Confused place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful mission. Committed people.

    Cons

    The March of Dimes is about babies. The new President sounded ridiculous on videoconferences and in other venues, saying she didn't know "why" the March of Dimes exists. This was due to an over reliance on an the ideas of an external consultant. She is a smart woman and can stand on her own two feet. She lost credibility and can't afford to lose more. March of Dimes has tapped into the personal motivations of donors and employees for years - and that was always about babies. We can translate our mission into more relevant digital marketing - that everyone can agree on. Hopefully the new strategic planning process will be more businesslike. We need that.

    Advice to Management

    New people have come to the organization with big titles and a contemptuous attitude about everything that existed before they came. That attitude starts at the top and offends all of us - those of us who have been here for less than two years included. All of us can help build a stronger March of Dimes.


  9. "Great work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    There is a strong desire to support working parents and the organization has always presented a good work-life balance. The mission is relevant, but not the cause is not represented in the name which makes awareness a challenge.

    Cons

    Continuous reorganization for several years.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not willing to disclose"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at March of Dimes full-time

    Pros

    Location, entry level and mid level folks are nice;

    Cons

    The company should refresh staff. They need new blood and need to be more open minded instead of "this is how things have always been done". Department heads need to move on after being in those positions for too long. Managers lose innovation when they are there 20 years. Rotate them if you don't want to let them go. Ego issues exist with managers that have longevity-they do not welcome change.


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