American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
467 Reviews
3.2
467 Reviews
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American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • ACS offers really good hours which gives you the ability to have true work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Each day you feel like you are making a difference in the lives of others (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • We work when the volunteers can help us, so work life balance can be difficult (in 54 reviews)

  • No work life balance and low pay for amount of work/hours required to work (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    It good to get a feel for a big non-profit like ACS.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at American Cancer Society as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. They offer such great programs for woman dealing with breast cancer.

    Cons

    Not a lot of work for interns. There were times when I would tear brochures for 4 hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ACS

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Love the mission, job and people. Everyone works together.

    Cons

    Salary is to low for the work load. Lots of hours are worked. Seems hard to advance within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    alright

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    Former Employee - Team Coach in East Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Team Coach in East Lansing, MI

    I worked at American Cancer Society as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    good people and fun projects.

    Cons

    very low pay and lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher some experienced leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Mission, Lack of Direction

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    Current Employee - Manager of Special Events
    Current Employee - Manager of Special Events

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, a lot of vacation time, great mission behind what you do on a daily basis

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization that truly helps people in need.

    Current Employee - Relay for Life Specialist
    Current Employee - Relay for Life Specialist

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great people to work with, and very good benefits. Also a great group of volunteers that you get to interact with.

    Cons

    Late evening and weekend meetings are common and it makes for difficult work/life balance. Also difficult to grow within the organization in a timely fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with staff on development and give a set plan to grow within the organization.

  7.  

    Great Place to Work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Your coworkers will become your main point of support and encouragement.

    Cons

    It can be challenging and a struggle at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are advocates for their staff!

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Mission

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Representative

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission
    Volunteers
    Benefits
    Volunteers
    Volunteers
    Building PTO policy
    Big grand ideas

    Cons

    Culture
    Management
    Communication
    Lack of Expectation
    Micro management of field employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great mission, good people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Really great co-workers and friendly front-line supervisors. Centrally located office in Seattle with on site parking, showers and nearby food.

    Cons

    Mid-top managers rarely change and focus on historic successes instead of current realities. Very long hours and little respect is really given to work/life balance/comp time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Struggling organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Volunteer interaction, paid days off, local office is wonderful, open environment.

    Cons

    zero work/like balance if you are a Relay Specialist. work on average 50 to 55 hours a week and that is not including time spent on computer responding/reading e-mails. New structure allows staff with certain titles to work 37 hours a week while those with income titles, Relay, start their days at 7:00 am and work until 9:0o pm most days and still cannot reach goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your cushy office chair and staff an event. Most leadership has not interacted with volunteers on a day to day basis in 20 years. People live differently, work differently and volunteer differently. What you ask of Relay Specialist is not possible unless we put our family on the back burner. That is why turn over is so high. You can throw all the salaries, time off and lip service as you want at Relay staff but until you truly adopt changes that matter you will continue to see burned out employees and high turn over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Several decades of knowledge toss aside as waste

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    Former Employee - Rocks In Backpack - High Plains Division
    Former Employee - Rocks In Backpack - High Plains Division

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the overall benefits while working there. When something came up, you were able to leave and settle up later with little issues.

    Cons

    Restructure was more cleaning house than seeing overall what was needed for organization. Building plane in midair isn't really a good idea. When you build a worthwhile house, you don't start with the roof. Throwing away talent that had been providing for several decades doesn't leave good taste in mouth when all is said and done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It really would have been nice if you had learned from your initial mistakes during the restructure instead of repeating them over and over again giving other companies access to your great talent pool that knew how to fix problems instead of creating more of them. Calling your support staff rocks in backpack really didn't make us happy, but it really didn't seem to bother you and what you did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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