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Muscular Dystrophy Association Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "The mission, families, Summer Camp and work life balance" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Great cause for those facing muscle disease" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance can sometimes be tough" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Do you love working nights and weekends off with no comp time" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Happy Employee of 4 years"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many many pros, the mission the families the pto, super awesome holiday time of about 2 weeks time off at Christmas and finally the return of 403b match.

    Cons

    The incompetent former employees who worked here, MDA has a great mission and found that many employees were not here for the misson and those folks are gone now, they have hired amazing replacements for those people and finally work is getting done, whats sad is those who feel MDA should hire more but how can they when the horrible past people are out to abuse the Mission, complain about a company that asked they do their jobs or leave and now they want to hurt the families because they were not competent employees, its a really sad situation of self centered staff in some areas. I am thankful my office and team has been great but I have seen so many people that would be better off leaving and never working for another nonprofit who depends on them again. I would say if you arent flexible and you are a horrible person who is selfish and out to hurt others you should not work here, its not for you, maybe used car sales is?

    Advice to Management

    Please get rid of any remaining employees who are not invested in the mission and causing others to do more work because they can’t give 100% and feel entitled to disparage everyone elses work.

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Oct 19, 2018 – People Business Partner

    Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful review! We appreciate hearing about your personal experience and are glad to learn that you enjoy the benefits like our generous PTO, 403b match... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Put in the Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Able to gain skills in a wide variety of healthcare and nonprofit areas. When you put in the time and produce good work you'll be rewarded with more responsibilities and advancement.

    Cons

    Lower compensation than other healthcare nonprofits.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more channels of advancement of strong employees; invest in more specialized training for employees

  3. "Administrative Assistant Full Time"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Helping families obtain services they need

    Cons

    Not organized headquarters or upper management

    Advice to Management

    connect more on a local level


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stay clear"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong mission, inspiring patients stories

    Cons

    Current CEO, too much turnover, too strong ties to pharma

    Advice to Management

    The culture has become unbearable. Get rid of CEO before more valued employees quit. She is destroying this wonderful organization.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good time off
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Fundraising team feel they are not allowed to interact with families
    Lack of direction at the national level
    Lack of communication from national level
    Lack of training at every level, even on the most basic elements of the company
    Little to no access to materials that could help the field teams raise awareness
    A feeling of general apathy from leaders

    Advice to Management

    Please see all offices as part of MDA, not just New York City. The field team needs to hear from national leadership. Bring an end to the misconceptions between fundraising and clinical/healthcare teams


  6. "Great place to work, going through growing pains."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Specialist
    Current Employee - Development Specialist

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, fantastic families, awesome and connected teams, PTO

    Cons

    National restructuring has made easy processes cumbersome and has resulted in negative consequences for field offices like missed payments, miscommunication between valuable sponsors and slow turn around times for simple projects


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not a stable work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and wonderful cause to support!

    Cons

    Long hours. Expect to be available at all times. Changes in executive management happen often which result in changes to the structure and way of doing business.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "DBD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of time off, get to attend summer camp.

    Cons

    Corporate structure is lacking. Wrong people in wrong positions.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various Positions
    Former Employee - Various Positions
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interaction with the families they serve - you get to know who you are helping
    Lots of programs, so it is never dull - changing work environment
    Interaction with the local team (can be) fantastic

    Cons

    Over the past year or so, it became obvious that upper management did not care about the employees and morale dropped significantly across the country
    They quickly and rashly have been cutting or changing programs, making it hard to hit goals
    Upper management does not seem to care about the families as much anymore
    Expectations were often unrealistic - "You missed goal last year, let's increase it by 10% this year!"

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your staff again - listen to the field team and stop making rash, last minute decisions to try to save a sinking ship


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, many different events

    Cons

    Few salary increases, lack of support