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"Your association is so knowledgeable, professional and reliable, I can't imagine doing my job without you." 

"Having access to your Hotline staff is like having another valued employee on our staff!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

"We rely on [the] Management Association to give us quick, accurate answers to the 'hard' questions.  Your staff has never let us down, no matter what the topic."



The Management Association is the most comprehensive, trusted source of practical human resource expertise, continuously improving the performance of the employers we support.

Our work environment attracts, develops, rewards and retains a team of talented, experienced and dedicated professionals.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the Management Association?
A: We are a not-for-profit employers' association serving  more than 1,000 companies and organizations. We provide human resources, compensation, legal, training and employee benefits services.  We are more than a century old. 


Q: What types of memberships do you offer?
A: We offer organizational memberships rather than individual ones.  Vendors of HR-related products or services may become Supplier Sponsors.


Q: Do I have to become a member to use your services?
A: For some services, yes. Only members have access to our HR Hotline, the members-only areas of our website, and our printed newsletter. Our compensation surveys, and many of our professional and consulting services may be contracted for by non-members, however fees are significantly higher than our member rates.


Q: What industries do your members represent?
A: Roughly 50 percent of our members are manufacturers. The remaining half  are in the service, public and nonprofit sectors.


Q: What size are your member companies?
A:  Member organizations range in size from one to several thousand employees. Any organization with employees will find our services beneficial.


Q: Where are you located?
A: The Management Association's main headquarters is in Downers Grove, IL with additional locations in Chicago, Glenview and Tinley Park where we provide training programs for members.


Q: How do I become a member?
A:  Just fill out the membership application! Click here to register online or to download an application. Once we receive payment, your account will be activated, you will receive a website access code, a complimentary set of current compensation surveys, and you will have unlimited access to the HR Hotline.


Q: How much is it to join?
A:  Annual membership dues are based on the number of employees at your organization. Click here to download a membership application and view our dues schedule.


Q: What do I receive with my membership?
A:  Your paid membership allows you access to the members-only areas of our website, unlimited use of our HR Hotline, the monthly Resources newsletter, weekly HR e-Source e-newsletter and a complimentary set of current Wage and Salary Surveys, the Policies and Benefits Survey, and the National Executive Compensation Survey. Membership also includes discounted rates on training and professional services. Click here for more on Membership Benefits.


Q: Do you function as a broker for your training and consulting services?
A: No. Our training and consulting services are provided by staff experts including employment law attorneys, certified HR professionals, certified compensation professionals, and certified benefits professionals. For consulting or training services outside our staff's expertise, we can refer members to our list of Supplier Sponsors.


Q: In the 80's, I knew about an organization called MIMA. Are you related to that organization?
A: We are that organization. The Management Association was known as The Midwest Industrial Management Association (MIMA) until 1989.


Q: Why should I use your services instead of those of another organization or consulting firm?
A: As Illinois' premier employers' association, we make it our business to know your business and the businesses around you. This includes the best local survey data available, an intimate understanding of business, and in-depth and accurate knowledge of employment law.  We are the most cost-effective solution to your business challenges. If you are still not convinced, explore our website to learn more about the broad range of products and services we offer.

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