Endurance Manager (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 29, 2017
Was a very fast paced environment but gave you the opportunity to grow as a professional. Overall I had a great experience. The most difficult part was learning the role and how to be successful! Overall great work atmosphere
No time to just cut up when having a bad day. Boss expects you to be on the phone 7 hours a day. If someone doesn't want to donate, they expect you to get a donation out of them. They will let you go for not making goal on an event. The families are super sweet but unreliable and you have to answer to that.
Lead Telemarketer (Former Employee) – Tucker, GA – September 14, 2017
I really enjoyed this job even though I went thru the temp service this job offered alot including a fulltime position for me to go to their headquarters in Florida and respectfully so I had to decline but would love to go back in seasonal.
Shift started at 10a.m ended at 3pm mon thru friday
Great Mission to raise money for, but Horrible Company Culture
Anonymous (Former Employee) – Anonymous – September 5, 2017
Churn and burn organization with high staff burn out and turnover,
Lack of training for new staff, expect staff to just know how MDA operates.
Does not encourage external professional development for fundraising staff
Divisional and National leadership currently in place who have been with organization many years who are set in their way of doing things and shut down staff who may have new creative or innovative ideas, which inspires or motivates no one. Narrow vision
Leadership who micromanage district office fundraising staff so much it limits the ability to do their jobs in a comfortable and confident environment. Management styles that constantly preempt local leaderships direction and authority
Salary increases are not based on performance and are only given when promoted with a title change, which will never happen since there is little to no room for professional advancement. Very discouraging since MDA salaries are historically well below other similar non profits to begin with
Very exclusive, antiquated and autocratic culture and leadership/management style, most staff are not treated in a very respectable manner and are condescended to or treated as underlings who are to do as they are told as if we are all robots and can't think for ourselves or breathe on our own
Wonderful mission, Generous time off since pay is low
MDA is an organization that seems scared to innovate, is afraid to be creative, and wont allow local staff to lead, low salaries that do not consider experience or performance
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – August 15, 2017
I enjoy the small office atmosphere and the people with whom I work. It is a very rewarding job to meet the people you are having an impact on when you are fundraising. However, the MDA has not given pay raises in over 10 years and the only way to advance is if a person in your own office leaves or if you are willing to relocate to another state, so the chances of getting a pay raise are slim to none if no one in your office leaves to open up a higher paying position. On a positive note, they do offer a lot of time off between PTO, sick time, and paid holidays.
Fundraising Coordinator (Current Employee) – MA – August 14, 2017
In my two years of working at MDA, I have yet to meet even one family that has directly benefited from MDA's services. This organization states that they offer various services to families - and doesn't mention that the family has to pay out of pocket for all of them.
Also, per company policy, no raises are given - not even for cost of living.
Family Care Specialist (Current Employee) – Edina, MN – July 23, 2017
Great learning opportunities, but not great compensation or advancement opportunities. You can gain a lot of experience working on complex programs, but there is minimal guidance and oversight to help you.
District Director (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – July 19, 2017
Wonderful non-profit organization. Enjoyed my different titles while at MDA and enjoyed growing personal relationships with staff and clients. Still keep in contact with many of the families and past co-workers.