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Updated January 11, 2018
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Pros
  • Relationships with individuals and families- knowing you are making a difference (in 24 reviews)

  • The families are amazing and you get a lot of opportunities to interact with them (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can sometimes be tough (in 42 reviews)

  • Poor upper management practices (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "A Great Cause"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of PTO days, fun atmosphere, good people, great cause, and you get to go to MDA Summer Camp.

    Cons

    Corporate structure & strategy could use some work.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you have various levels of employee skill in your fundraising roles. The money spent on formal training will pay off great dividends if done correctly.


  2. "Amazing (Not Perfect - Nowhere is)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic mission, very important work. Opportunities for growth. Chance to work with people from all over the country. Chance to get to know MDA families. Good benefits including ample PTO/Sick Leave/Holidays!

    Cons

    Working for a non-profit means you do not always just get to order or purchase supplies whenever you want them. ie - My printer quit working - I got a used printer as a replacement. There is pressure as a fundraiser, but our mission is so important!

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Jan 9, 2018 – HR

    Thank you for your review! We agree, our mission is very important and are so happy to hear we have an employee like you on the team who understands the challenges of working with a not for profit... More

  3. "Grant Writer"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association as an intern

    Pros

    Low-key environment that is driven by the employees.

    Cons

    Management can make employees feel like they're on egg shells because of deadlines that are not adequately spaced out.


  4. "Family Care Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    Extremely well-rounded job position, have the ability to be creative with programming, and work with amazing people.

    Cons

    Very little work life balance, and work many weekends, due to events.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Worked at a fundraiser event..was a fun time"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Saint Louis, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got to Meet lots of people, liked watching people trying to complete the courses and the costumes were great too!

    Cons

    Don’t really have any cons...was a great experience. Recommend it to anyone wanting to help out for a day or two


  6. "Working at the MDA"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association as an intern

    Pros

    -Make great relationships with the families.

    Cons

    - Sometimes it was hard to communicate with other coworkers.


  7. "Program Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Cause and organization
    Great for people who require change and non-mundane work
    Competitive
    Fun and great staff

    Cons

    There is a cap to earning capabilities
    Can sometimes be micro-managed depending on management at the time

    Advice to Management

    Give more autonomy to employees that posses the capabilities and room for advancement.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    patient care is my number one goal to our clients/customers. Showing empathy, understanding the bigger picture is the to success

    Cons

    Retraining employees getting on board a necessary tool to be successful. Greeting our clients/customers will help relieve a stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    More training necessary to ensure staff is onboard and the tools needed to achieve goals for success. Patient care is priority, both management and employees should have regular training. Also good communication between departments is necessary.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I travel all over Georgia and Alabama to collect money from amusement machines"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours , get to meet different people, also get to travel but still not away from home ver long

    Cons

    When you can't control stuff actual getting done can be a challenge, like machines getting fixed in a timely manner


  10. "Wonderful Mission"

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

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    MDA has a wonderful mission and the families they serve bring incredible meaning to the work being done. For a nonprofit, the pay is above average. Recent reorganization has allowed for more departmental-specific focus.

    Cons

    Being a nonprofit, work in the field is hard and you put in a lot of hours, but the organization is now really promoting work/life balance and that was unheard of in prior years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to prioritize work/life balance. Budget annually for cost of living pay increases for staff.

    Muscular Dystrophy Association Response

    Mar 23, 2017 – HR Director

    Thank you for your review! We appreciate you promoting our changing culture of having a better work/life balance. We want employees to be energized while at work and give their full efforts towards... More


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