American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  • Fantastic work life balance opportunity (in 34 reviews)

  • making a difference, respect from outside workplace (in 32 reviews)

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  • No work life balance-60-70 weeks (in 54 reviews)

  • Absolutely NO work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

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  1. A little chaotic, but overall a very worthy cause.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager Relay for Life in Bedford, NH
    Current Employee - Community Manager Relay for Life in Bedford, NH

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training, colleagues, mission and flexible schedule. The mission is solid, and the volunteers are some of the most passionate people I've ever met.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of emotionally draining situations. There can be communication issues that arise; messages are usually confused at the the senior manager-to- community manager level.

    Advice to Management

    Work on transparency.


  2. Primary Care Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great flexibility, comfortable work load, great colleagues!

    Cons

    Transformation was challenging ... lost good friends/ staff


  3. Helpful (1)

    Feel good about your work

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    Former Employee - Relay for Life Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Relay for Life Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Cancer Society (More than a year)

    Pros

    It felt good to know that my hard work really helped improve the lives of people battling cancer. I was a Relay For Life event community manager and worked with volunteers to organize and run annual events in their cities (I had 4 events). Working with volunteers can be challenging, but I met so many wonderful people that I call friends now!

    Cons

    ACS is a large company, and as a non-profit they are careful with the use of the donations (which is a really good thing), but it can make the PROCESSES required to do the job more tedious and slow. You have to plan ahead and stay on top of the paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    We were always trained to THANK our volunteers, community leaders and donors, but the ACS doesn't thank their employees. I really wanted upper management to attend some events to thank the communities for their fundraising efforts, but support was rare.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Incredible Benefits, Decent Pay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing work-life balance (all employees receive 150 hours annual PTO from day 1). Excellent benefits. Relaxed environment. No dress code. Open-door policy with management (even upper management). Very friendly and professional coworkers. No micromanagement. Promotional opportunities.

    Cons

    Procedures are ever-changing. Most software is outdated. Newer employees can become inundated with work while adjusting to new role. Although pay is decent, it is still not commensurate for basic requirements of position.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that uncompetitive salaries decreases employee retention, which, over time, is less cost-effective.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Helping people with cancer, some of the people you work with are pretty cool.

    Cons

    No real advancement opportunities. Some people have been doing the same job for 5-10 years, never considered for a supervisor position. Supervisors frequently shift between departments/schedules, then they complain if we want to change shifts. Rarely is anyone promoted from within. Supervisors dont take your ideas/opinions seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Stop saying if you work hard, you can get promoted. Its a big lie.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Great Jobs, Not Careers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ACS has an amazing mission, provides excellent resources, hires knowledgeable staff and offers fantastic benefits. The organization has top notch working facilities and, in some cases, allows for remote work.

    Cons

    At ACS there is nearly zero chance of advancement. Either due to the longevity of existing staff or occasional rounds of layoffs/realignments, chances to gain increasing title/authority are few and far between. And, when opportunities are made available, many in upper management seek only to hire/promote the same type of individual again and again, rarely looking to change things up. The organization is also NOT an incubator of creative ideas and does not foster an entrepreneurial spiritin regard to projects

    Advice to Management

    Merit, production and skillset should be prized over length of service. Risk taking should be viewed in a positive light, rather than frowned upon. Legacy processes and systems should be abandoned if they hinder productivity.


  8. Current Employee - Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours Good benefit package Ability to work independently, and to challenge yourself. You are able to contact anyone in the company and they are usually very willing to help.

    Cons

    Not a lot of family time, especially in Relay For Life season. You have to base your success on how many volunteers you recruit, and how much money you raise. However, you are told this when you start, so it should not come as a surprise.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being encouraging to new staff, as you have been. Continue to share with us the knowledge and wisdom you have gleaned from your years with the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Entry-Level Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive management Great work environment Friendly staff

    Cons

    Long hours behind a desk Limited opportunity for advancement Somewhat low pay


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Buyer II in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Buyer II in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very rewarding job with a company that is a pleasure to work for. Exciting to work at such an innovative company that treats its employees well. Great job.

    Cons

    They do not push the envelope in terms of performance. Sometimes employees are able to slack off and get away with it without repercussion from management.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge employees more. The bar could be raised and employees could be incentivized to work harder. Try to set tangible goals so teams have something to strive for.


  11. volunteered 7 years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at American Cancer Society as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    there are few better causes to volunteer for, and the leadership training opportunities are good.

    Cons

    changes at the the national level have diluted the quality of client service at the local level

    Advice to Management

    get to know your long term volunteers and listen to what they have to say.



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