AACR Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
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  1. non-profit that helps you to feel good about what you do all day

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    Former Employee - Staff Associate
    Former Employee - Staff Associate

    I worked at AACR full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    co-workers, advancement, just out of college - great job! travel, room for growth

    Cons

    some micromanaging supervisors, like all other jobs

  2. Great Heart and Mission, Mismanaged Organization

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Editor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Editor in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at AACR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This organization has a heart of gold. They really do want to prevent, treat and cure cancer around the world. You can feel good about contributing to an organization whose mission is so crystal clear.

    Cons

    There is a lot of control needed at the top so every decision, even minor ones, must go through a very long chain of command, causing things to slow down significantly. It was hard to execute on anything without prior CEO approval. There was a big bottleneck effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring more freelancers and contractors to help free up the bottlenecks and get more work out the door. Consider better work-life balance by giving employees the opportunity to work from home once in a while. Trust your management more, let go of the need to control!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    No room for growth. Micromanaging at it's finest.

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    Current Employee - Coorindator in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Coorindator in Phila, PA

    I have been working at AACR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning about cancer science is fun. Good for entry level jobs.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Management micromanages. CEO is the devil and will eat your soul. No flex time. No raises or bonuses. Limited national holidays. General feeling of disappointment and bad moral. Lazy senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer flex-time, and work from home. Fight to get good employees recognized somehow (extra time off, raises, promotion, travel opportunities, office space, anything). STOP MICROMANAGING.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Great Mission, experience depends on department you work in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at AACR

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, coworkers are really great people, learn many things about cancer research, good benefits, working on something worthwhile, can travel (depending on your position), located right in Old City so you can take the train (or the buses or bike), secure building, nearby shops and restaurants, there's always meetings going on so getting a free lunch/snack is a possibility several times a month, annual company picnic and holiday dinner, upgraded technology, nice offices.

    Cons

    No flextime, no days in lieu even if you work massive overtime, no daycare, work-life balance is not good, very high turnover rate, some upper management expect their staff to work overtime and be available by phone and email anytime. Some positions do not advance very quickly-- could still be in an entry level position after 4-5 years with only minimal increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Dead end

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at AACR full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Old City location, nothing else

    Cons

    -VERY low pay
    -No room for advancement
    -Racism
    -Extremely quiet workplace, to the point of being eerie
    -Very limited amount of time off/holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money on things like an extravagant holiday party at Chima and use that money to raise salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    CEO Need To GO....Dark Age Mentality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AACR full-time

    Pros

    Great Mission and great location

    Cons

    NO Flex Time
    NO Work From Home
    CEO Bullies Employees, Is nasty, Been there for 50 years and runs business like a Catholic Nun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a new CEO
    Get with the times and offer Flex Time and Work From Home
    403 stinks as you have to wait for 2 years
    Short Term Disability doesn't kick in until after a year, upgrade benefits
    There are lots of other organizations out there who offer perks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Extremely poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AACR full-time

    Pros

    Important mission; compensation is generous, particularly for a non-profit; and the organization is well-respected within the cancer research community.

    Cons

    • Very poor management.
    • Some senior managers provide poor, inconsistent direction and guidance to staff.
    • Little opportunity for staff to provide feedback to CEO/senior management, including through formal performance reviews which sometimes are skipped
    • Staff are not respected or recognized for their contributions, and there is little concern for, or investment in, staff development.
    • Staff lack autonomy to make decisions.
    • Staff time is not respected; meetings routinely start late and can last for hours without regard to other commitments employees may have.
    • Inflexible work hours and work environment.
    • Benefits are not great: 8% 403B contribution sounds good, but doesn’t take effect until two years after start date; staff have only 2-3 weeks of vacation/year (depending on level); and get fewer federal holidays compared to similar organizations.
    • Senior managers believe that employees should be highly motivated because of AACR’s mission, but do not seem to realize that there are many other mission-focused non-profits that provide more supportive environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in staff, formally recognize staff contributions, provide greater autonomy and flexibility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Was good once, could be a lot better, going downhill rapidly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at AACR

    Pros

    Quiet, generally laid back, decent benefits, nice people. Great location in Olde City.

    Cons

    Management varies widely from department to department. Some managers are not very well qualified. Managers are heard to say some things that would get you fired anywhere else. Bad situations are left to go on much too long. Workers are generally dissatisfied. If the market were better, most people would quit. Management thinks we are all fascinated with cancer research, but we're not, we just need a job.

    Don't have off on most federal holidays. Sometimes we are the only ones working in the building (or in the city, for that matter). Rarely closes for snow, even when dangerous. Harassed about lateness constantly, even if it's only 5 minutes. No working from home option. No flextime. No hire back policy.

    It used to be much nicer but it's getting bigger and crappier every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your workers what they want and need. Respect your workers. Join the 21st century.

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