Executive Director (Former Employee), Ohio – October 21, 2013
Pros: make a difference for those you serve.
Cons: benefits are terrible, expensive, and not all emcompasssing, pay very low compared to other non profits, no structure, no policies. a child association pretending to be an adult.
Job description says 35 hours a week. On average, you will work between 60-70 if you would like to remain employed. There are antiquitated forms for fundraising that consume your day and you have no ability to give feedback or improvement strategies on the "Core Four". Management is often imcompetent due to lack of training and only hiring from within – more... (while this is often a quality many look for in an employer, MDA will not hire from outside to even find a qualified individual for field work mid levels.) The saving grace were the co-workers. They were reliable and consistent, and we were like family. Our common bond was the fear or losing our job. – less
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director (Former Employee), Cincinnati, OH – October 6, 2013
Pros: families are appreciative of the information and medical benefits
Cons: management is old school and not cost effective
Very wasteful and not very nice to employees on a daily basis. No recognition for a job well done, but constant criticism over silly little errors that doesn't make a difference. IE: highlight area in pink no other color acceptable. Highlight another area in orange and etc...
FC (Former Employee), Overland Park, KS – September 10, 2013
Pros: helping the best families in the world.
Cons: no advancement
The organization is undergoing major changes, which is good and bad. Some of the changes have limited the ability for ambitious, well qualified and motivated staff to move up. There is a high turnover due to the fact that workload and compensation are way off balance. I love this job and would never leave if not for the limits put on advancement.
Part-time Recruiter (Former Employee), Medford, OR – August 15, 2013
Pros: the games we played to 'pump' us up; and the silly prizes
Cons: no benefits due to part-time so they would not have to provide insurance
It was a very comfortable work place, my supervisors were easy to talk to and encouraging. We made cold calls all day to recruit volunteers to help raise money for local families with the disease. The hard part was not getting enough people to respond. The best was meeting the sick and knowing I was helping!
Regional Coordinator (Former Employee), Tucson, AZ – July 26, 2013
Pros: helping kids, working with great organizations, like the iaff
Cons: events that keep them going, need a spruce up. lock ups are a tough sell.
I learned that volunteers within this organization are very sparse and that our local firefighters are true supporters for Jerry's Kids. Management is very businesslike, but often too secretive. Co-workers are fun and friendly. Summer camp is a fantastic way to live a day in the life of a child with severe disabilities and puts everything in perspective.
Pros: quota incentives, fun competition to win prizes, helping families
Cons: short hours/seasonal
A typical day at work consisted of recruiting local business owners and corporate executives to invite them to participate in a unique, exciting community-wide event to raises funds for local families affected by neuromuscular diseases. I was exposed to and learned about programs, services, doctors, the helping community that provide relief for the – more... fund. Every staff member I was exposed to was a pleasure to work along side with. Meeting quota was the hardest part of the job. The most enjoyable part of this job was knowing that your involved in your local community providing services and relief to families. – less
Fundraiser Recruiter (Former Employee), Brookfield, WI – July 2, 2013
The work was hard, making calls to people and organizations who don't want to talk to you can be frustrating, and giving your restraints on who you can call, you run the risk of burning out before the day is over, with little oppurtunity to move forward.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Midwest – June 21, 2013
Pros: the connections that you build with the families, the fact that summer camp allows mda kids to feel like typical kids for a week.
Cons: too many to list
I am utterly convinced that the highly rated comments are from a paid spokesperson. I am not going to be ugly, just honest. This is the worst place I have worked for --- ever. Yes, there are good people in the company, but they are far and few in between. Management is the worst I have ever seen; overrated, under-educated, under-experienced, and could – more... stand to be trained by TRUE professionals.
There are SEVERE micromanagement issues and ANY voiced opinions and suggestions for improvement are considered threats. The future of your job is in the hands of ONE person - so you have to constantly pamper him/her because upper management sticks together no matter how wrong they are.
I am blessed to have gained some TRUE, professional experience prior to working for the Association because I did not learn anything there except how to treat co-workers like trash, lie to wonderful families, and beg for money that is not used in the way it should be.
The high turnover rate speaks for itself - I have never seen anything like it in my life. In the several weeks I was there, we went through an entire office staff, temps included. You could probably call any local staffing agency that hires for them and ask for reviews or requested re-assignment order numbers to get away from the Association.
If you are searching because you are in need of an immediate job so that you can pay bills, go for it, but do not stop searching if you get hired there. If you are searching for a new job because your current job has slight "issues", reconsider because the grass is not always greener on the other side. The first week I started, I nearly called my former employer to beg for my job back ---- seriously.
Program Coordinator (Former Employee), Lake Mary, FL – June 6, 2013
Pros: working with families
Cons: every single day i endured there
I did learn a lot from this job. I learned the value of time management, persuasion by a simple smile, and most of all, I learned a lot about myself and how lucky I am to be healthy.
I cherished the days out of the office visiting businesses, firefighters, schools, and summer camp. Those moments were my escape from the reality of the hell I was exposed – more... to.
Our manager was by far the worst manager I've ever had. She pinned her emplyees against each other. She often yelled at us like children. Have you ever seen "The Devil Wears Prada?" Meryl Streep is a walk in the park. I had my fellow co-workers each come into my office crying. How do you handle new hires that sob at your feet begging you to help? It was pathetic the way our manager ran that office. She went as far as to make up post-dated written referrals about how we were being unruly about my co-worker. That co-worker did take legal action against our manager.
It wasn't uncommon to receive 3-4am emails written in 72pt font about how much we sucked. Degrading and negative through and through.
I have been tempted to alert HR but what's the use? It's corporate culture. Most of the girls in our office were prescribed some sort of anxiety medication because of this job. I was sickly thin- 5'2 85 lbs. My co-worker threw up every single morning. Every morning.
I did gain wonderful friends aside from my manager. I still keep in touch with many that I worked with. We formed a bond that no one could understand. It's like a bunch of beaten puppies left for dead depending on each other. I felt ugly working there. But, hey! You might like it! – less
Hello! I was reading reviews on the MDA and came across this one and was frightened by your comments. Is the manager still there? I would like a little more insight if you do not mind.
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Fundraiser and Event Coordinator (Former Employee), Houston, TX – May 30, 2013
I have worked in several charities since and I can promise this is the worst. When I was there we were not allowed to have email and had to " call" to ask permission to walk down the hall to speak with management. They completely frowned on " departments" speaking to each other and collaborating. ED and her two assistants were horrible. Treated employees – more... with total disrespect. Turnover is greater than I have ever seen – less
Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator (Current Employee), Little Rock, AR – May 14, 2013
I make over 130 call a day. I Have learned patients. My co-workers are awesome. The hardest part of my job is getting people to commit. The most enjoyable part of my job is knowing that I am helping better someones life