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About The Organization

Make A Difference is recognized among India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019 and among India's Best Workplaces for Women 2019 (Top 75). Every year, Great Place to Work® identifies India's 50 Great Mid-size Workplaces (with employee strength of 100 to 500) through an objective and rigorous workplace culture assessment process. As a part of our annual research in India, this year a total of 747 organizations were evaluated and from them, we identified India’s 75 Best Workplaces for Women 2019.

Make A Difference (MAD) is a youth-driven, non-profit organisation working to ensure better outcomes for vulnerable children in shelters across India. Their vision is that even the most vulnerable children in shelters are able to realize long-term outcomes equitable with the middle class. Registered as a non-profit in 2006, MAD reaches out to over 3500 youth in 65 shelters across 23 cities in India, through a highly efficient 3000 strong volunteer network.

Company Size

385 Employees

Industry

Non-profit and Charity (NGO)

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Why Make A Difference is a Great Place to Work?

Make A Difference has successfully created a Great Place to Work FOR ALL their employees as they have excelled on the 5 dimensions that are a hallmark of a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture™ – Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie. In a rigorous assessment process conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Make A Difference met the minimum criteria on the Trust Index© Employee Survey, on the consistency of experience across all demographics and on the Culture Audit© People Practices Framework, to clear the first level i.e. getting Great Place to Work-Certified™


Great Place to Work® is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ in workplace culture assessment and recognition. 

As a certified organization, Make A Difference became eligible to be considered among 'India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019' – a list that features the 'Best of the Best’. The process of identifying India's Great Mid-size Workplaces is based purely on the assessment findings and does not involve any jury or opinion based criteria. 

Culture Snapshot 
At Make A Difference (MAD), the employees have a sense of pride in working for such a reputed organization and a worthy cause. Management and managers are highly supportive and approachable. Employees feel like a part of a family and celebrate events and festivities together, making it a fun place to work. 

This page highlights more about the work culture of the organization, selected best people practices, the vision of the leadership and glimpses of employee life. 

Read through to find out what makes Make A Difference a Great Workplace.

Recognitions awarded by Great Place to Work®

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Great Place to Work-Certified™ from November 2018 - October 2019. Certified for 3 years in a row!

India's Great Mid-size Workplaces 2019

India's 10 Best NGOs to Work For 2018

Among India's 75 Best Workplaces for Women 2019

Best People Practices

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Growth Project

Make a Difference, engages with part-time employees, through a year-long development program called the ‘growth Project’. under this program, part-time employees are mentored by full-time employees, who help them create a detailed competency plan based on an individual’s aspirations and skill-set.

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Babysitting Support Group

At Make a Difference, interested employees have signed up to baby sit for their colleagues’ children as and when required. This support group ensures that the young parents get respite from their routine, while the children are in safe hands. 

The level of empathy that my colleagues and the management show towards each other is unparalleled. It translates into our work and genuinely feels like we are making a difference. MAD inspires you, for a lifetime's worth. The work, the people and the cause.

Employee Testimonial

This organisation has been like a family to me for the last 5 years. And the amount of patience, understanding, and love, each person has to give is astounding. There is genuine care in this organisation, and we're allowed to be ourselves. I have never felt judged, and have always been encouraged to take ownership. The bond is so strong that I know I have a home to stay in at least 23 cities in the country.

Employee Testimonial

Leaders Speak

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Jithin C Nedumala

CEO, Founder, Make A Difference

1. What is your personal approach to making a Great Workplace? 
If you are able to create a space where people feel safe to be themselves and dare to dream, knowing fully well the collective will support you to make your dream a reality and back you up when you fail, then you have created a great place to work where people live life like superheroes. The Trifecta:
1. High Expectations
2. High Support
3. High Tolerance for Failure 

2. What are the top 2 benefits you see of creating a Great Workplace? 
Some results are accessible to you only when you have a great place to work. These results are made possible by seamless collaboration and the high levels of ownership.

3. What are your top people priorities? 
1. Unleash their true potential
2. Care for them deeply 

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals?
It has helped us attract the best talent in the industry and share our people management methodologies with other companies.
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Vrishi Reddy

Director - Human Capital, Make A Difference

1. What is your personal approach to making a Great Workplace? 
Culture, People and Systems. When I think about what we’ve achieved in MAD as a workplace, this is the winning combination. A culture based on ownership, care, openness, and trust brings people together as a strong knit team. While systems back the culture by creating platforms and processes for cross-functionality, alignment, accountability, and transparency. I’ve found that hiring the right people and putting them in a collective that empowers them can do wonders. With the right people and a culture that helps them be their best selves, an organization is bound to be a Great Place to Work®. 

2. What are the top 2 benefits you see of creating a Great Workplace? 
When people love their jobs, it shows in the work they do. By creating a great workplace where people take ownership of the organization, we’re directly impacting the outcomes by having people think like CEOs/Founders and not just think of it as a job. Also, having a great workplace means that employees want to stick on for longer periods. Longer retention of people is another strong benefit of being a Great Workplace 

3. What are your top people priorities? 
Recruiting the right people, forming teams that care deeply for each other, making every person a vision guardian with ownership and spaces to do more and creating strong connect that almost feels like family. 

4. How has your association with Great Place to Work® helped your business and strategic goals? 
Being associated with Great Place to Work® has helped us validate our own practices and culture and understand our strength and growth areas. It has also brought recognition and interest from potential partners and employees.

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