American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
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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. Great position & company - Community Income Development Specialist

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    Former Employee - Community Income Development Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Community Income Development Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, rewarding work, perfect right out of college job - learned so much and had a lot of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime (salary) so you don't get extra money for extra time. Nights/Weekends. A lot of your performance review for the fundraising positions is base on event fundraising, when you sometimes can't control that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less emphasis on monetary goals, more on effort of employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Company - Rewarding, hard work at times.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    The reward of being a cancer fighter is immense and the salary and benefits are competitive.
    Flexible as far as hours and ability to work at home when necessary.

    Cons

    Cancer never sleeps... and sometimes ACS employees don't either. Most positions will require occasional weekend work (Relay For Life events etc.) and some local/regional travel. The atmosphere at the office can vary greatly from small town to big city offices and the politics that go along with their locations.
    It is a VERY large corporation, so there is not a lot of room for creativity at the local levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local markets have a lot of great ideas. Make certain that they are heard and even considered at times.

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

    The ACS is a Mission driving 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Working tenaciously to save lives in the most efficient manner while keeping a community presence.
    Has very high standards for its staff and volunteers.
    A very committed staff working toward the goals and mission of the organization.
    Leadership and staff are working on new ideas to help re-energize staff.

    Cons

    Staff resources are struggling to meet the demand of their responsibilities
    Fatigue is now tangible and impacting deadlines.
    Lines of demarcation are being drawn due to titles and scopes of work. This can make collaboration & cooperation challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask staff if they have enough resources including time to meet deadlines and to stay engaged in other roles that will assist in long term growth and self fulfillment. Relieve staff of certain responsibilities to allow them to create dialogue with colleagues that will allow the germination of new ideas and concepts to be introduced. Follow up with them. Say hi can make all the difference!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great work & mission. Hard work. High Turnover.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Benefits & PTO. Some flex time depending on manager. Great mission.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers. Long hours. Unorganized. High expectations. Reactionary vs. proactive thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees especially those working in the field it is not an easy job.

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work. Especially in IT.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for hands on in just about every area of IT support. Very rewarding to help those who are helping others.

    Cons

    The salary is low in comparison to the workload/expectations. Job description/primary duties can change at the drop of a dime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should put their employees above their personal/career goals. Keep in mind you are managing People not thinhgs nor revenue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Still going through transformation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great work life balance at ACS.

    Cons

    Management keeps adding more work with little or no help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Interesting company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Room for advancement, growth and interesting work

    Cons

    downsizing quite a bit with employees that have been employed any length of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keeping loyal people is very valuable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Company is transforming and many forced to take different jobs

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    Former Employee - Community Representative in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Community Representative in Memphis, TN

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Fighting Cancer is very rewarding and you always feel like you're doing something positive for all of mankind.

    Cons

    Having to re-apply for positions when they change structure often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Used fear tactics and intimidation to try to reach unrealistic fundraising goals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pinellas Park, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pinellas Park, FL

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The cause, of course. Also, the American Cancer Society is very selective about cause marketing, which I respect, unlike other nonprofits where you can buy pink chips and "a portion of the proceeds will go to support finding a cure for breast cancer," etc. The benefits are also generous. Working with volunteers can be rewarding, and they can also be a con when they do not get what they want.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Unrealistic fundraising goals. Terrible management. Illegal hiring practices (discrimination(. Revolving door. The directors fired very competent, dedicated staff for not reaching unrealistic goals to try to save their jobs. Going to Human Resources was never an option, since they would just share the information with the directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fear is not a motivator. Staff often work with ACS because they believe in the cause. Believe in your staff, and they will work tirelessly for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great group work setting. Positive environment. Hands on work. Great employees. Active work space

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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