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National Multiple Sclerosis Society Reviews

Updated February 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Working for such a great cause is a good feeling (in 9 reviews)

  • I was given a lot of great experience and opportunities (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • They also have a high turnover rate so managers are always in and out, its hard to get work done without consistent guidance (in 12 reviews)

  • You also work long hours and often on nights and weekends to host events (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resources"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focused company with a great mission. Detailed strategic plans made it easier to achieve goals. The mission was at the forefront of everything we did. Transparency is of utmost importance. I was very happy with my position, achievable goals, and review process. The benefits were great. Working there, you can tell that all employees are extremely important to upper management. The MS Society truly makes a difference for people with MS.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Love the job"

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

    I have been working at National Multiple Sclerosis Society part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits especially paid time off. Competitive pay. Opportunity for career growth and rewarding responsibilities. good CEO leadership

    Cons

    none that are worth mentioning

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great organization that lost it’s way over the last three years."

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits
    Strong core values for a non-profit organization

    Cons

    Top-level mismanagement
    Mid-level management is not as strong as it use to be
    Re-alignment caused too much of a pendulum shift that will significantly damaged the core of the organization


  4. "Great Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time

    Pros

    Great to work for an organization that works to improve lives!

    Cons

    Nonprofit pay is not great, but you probably know that going in.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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

    I worked at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time

    Pros

    Supporting people living with MS is a worthy cause

    Cons

    Organizational culture has changed a great deal over the years and employees do not feel valued in the midst of organizational centralization


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Bottomless Frustration"

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

    I have been working at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment, flexible hours and schedule, engaging work, good health insurance, strong firewall between the organization and pharmaceutical manufacturers, the organization's reputation is mostly positive

    Cons

    High turnover, poor staff management, exemplary work is not rewarded or recognized, employees are generally unhappy with the organization, staff morale is dwindling, fundraising efforts have not been able to keep the budget stable and new strategies for revenue generation are not being pursued, benefits have been repeatedly reduced or cut, the staff is not diverse - it's mostly white women, too much staff time is spent on internal matters instead of actual work, time spent working for the organization is valued more than professional competence, career paths are uncertain - don't expect to get promoted, wages don't keep pace with inflation, expectations for staff are high and ever-increasing while compensation is stagnant, departments are compartmentalized and trying to work across departments is met with resistance and apathy, people are hired as Managers and Directors even though they supervise 0 people

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better, recognize the work that is being done, understand that staff turnover is a huge problem and put more effort into retaining and developing staff, provide departments with the resources they need to be successful


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Development"

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

    I have been working at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time

    Pros

    Shared mission of helping people with MS. Ability to work from home and flexible hours. Most employees have a personal connection with the cause and have passion in their work. Events and programs offered to community is great.

    Cons

    Very poor company morale. They do not make an effort to get teams together for team building or personal interaction. Meetings Meetings Meetings and no time for work. What is worse is they are virtual meetings so you there is limited personal interaction. No compensation incentive. Once you reach our limit in your position you are not eligible for increase. Not even to cover normal inflation. Upper managers are out of touch and not connected to the real work being done.

    Advice to Management

    Try to connect more with employees. Provide pay incentive and you will keep all the great employees you have been losing.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mission driven organization, flexible work environment and great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits are generous and excellent. The talent at the Society is unmatched to any other organization. The realignment of the organization has provided professional growth opportunities and the ability to work across the country with colleagues.

    Cons

    I truly can't think of any. I believe that I get back what I put into my work, and it's rewarding and fulfilling.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make professional development a priority. Create ample steps to growth within functions.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "No Confidence in Upper Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation policy of 5 weeks to start

    Cons

    Poor management from top level
    Inability to make decisions in timely fashion


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very positive experience; Employed for 5+ years and served in multiple roles"

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    Former Employee - Director, Donor Development
    Former Employee - Director, Donor Development
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Multiple Sclerosis Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was provided with many opportunities to grow in my role and increase my responsibilities.

    Cons

    The hours required often included a lot nights and weekends, especially in the weeks leading up to a major development event.


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