American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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2.9 404 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin

John R. Seffrin

(225 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Each day you feel like you are making a difference in the lives of others (in 31 reviews)

  • A few incredibly creative people; salary; benefits; work/life balance (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • We work when the volunteers can help us, so work life balance can be difficult (in 49 reviews)

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

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    Awesome place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat co-workers, very rewarding experience

    ConsManagement does not communicate expectations

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    Passionate organization; focus on mission

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsGreat people to work with internally and externally; very passionate about the mission

    ConsVery large nation-wide organization can cause some communication issues

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    ACS is well-recognized in its effort in research, advocacy, and community events to promote cancer awareness.

    Special Events Manager (Former Employee) Queens Village, NY

    ProsYou get to work with some of the most wonderful people with tons of passions in promoting cancer awareness. Most of them have their personal stories that inspired them to join the fight against cancer. They choose to get involved and contribute one way or the other, and you would want to be surrounded by those positive energy.

    ConsCompensation not compatible to responsibilities delegated. Requires lots of evening and weekend work time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization, great mission, great people.

    Vice President (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsStrong mission focus and commitment to utilizing volunteers in a meaningful way. The organization has proven its value over the years by delivering extraordinary outcomes.

    ConsThe organization is currently undergoing a complete reorganization which means management is not focused on key business drivers as much as they are on creating the new operating structure. As a result, fundraising is way down and mission delivery is not as efficient as it should be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop management needs to re-focus itself on stabilizing its core fundraising strategies (Relay For Life, MSABC, Balls & Galas) and hold Department heads and Division leaders who are not achieving results accountable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with constituents and learning more about cancer prevention

    ConsPoor communication, no input into goals and objectives

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked in the Oakland Division as one of the top data entry clerks with Oscar Gonzalez.

    Data Entry Clerk (Former Employee) Oakland, CA

    ProsI loved the family like feeling with my co-workers and the fact that we performed under our best with a team player attitude and excellent work ethics. It was like working with family.

    ConsThe customer service challenge was both challenging and rewarding. Help a constituent and finding the problem was very rewarding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOscar Gonzalez who works at the Oakland Division office is the perfect example of management to myself. His example of being a very caring person and team player has made me a better employee. He has furthered my skills in customer service. My advice is to be approachable to your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The American Cancer Society is a great place to work. The volunteers are amazing and the staff get along famously.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Springfield, MO

    ProsIts amazing to wake up and know that you will make a difference in people's lives that day. Its also nice that everyone is so friendly. The staff here are more like a family. They have great benefits and a good amount of paid time off.

    ConsIt is not high pay for the amount of work you have to do, but the rewards make it worth it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance could use some improvement. Although I understand that when working with volunteers, you have to be on their time schedule rather than one you make yourself.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pleasant

    Patient Resource Specialist (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsI believe in the mission and work of this company, and believe they do their absolute best to be good stewards of donor dollars. Good atmosphere, caring and attentive management.

    ConsThe red tape of the internal processes occasionally gets in the way of delivering services effectively.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllowing employees more decision-making capability would do wonders for morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a good fall-back job

    Cancer Information Specialist (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsMy coworkers were great. And you can go home at the end of the day feeling as if you helped people. They're always hiring and it's pretty easy to get your job back if you haven't burned bridges.

    ConsThe place feels stagnant. Not a lot of upward movement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The most difficult and rewarding job I have ever held

    Specialist, Relay for Life (Current Employee)

    ProsI am able to work with amazing volunteers that are well connected in the community. I truly believe in the mission of the American Cancer Society and I love working as a team with the girls in my office! Pay is competitive and benefits are good.

    ConsLittle room for growth with the organization. Long hours and usually 2-3 night meetings on top of 8:30-5 in the office. Lots of PTO time - however it is incredibly hard to actually take any time off from January - August. Lots of driving required (at least in my area - this is reimburst but driving 10 hours a week isn't fun). There is a lot of uncertainty with the current organizational "Transformation". Although, the changes will be good in the long run- I see a lot of issues over the next 3-5 years as the try to iron out the hiccups.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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