American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
466 Reviews
3.2
466 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall loved the experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Events Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Special Events Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    compensation, perks, working with a positive team

    Cons

    inefficient, lack of structure, training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Electoral organizer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electoral Organizer in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Electoral Organizer in Framingham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, flexibility and independence to complete tasks at own pace

    Cons

    Not much room for lower level staff to influence management, large institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support current staff with trainings and in house promotions, there wasn't enough room for growth within the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    cause, people, culture, work/life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    Some confusion during light restructure though. Not enough growth opportunity. Non-profit level salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are your best asset. take care of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    It's been delightful

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    You work with great people

    Cons

    Caseload can keep you busy if you don't keep up, they have a weird "sick time" policy where you can't have "unscheduled absences" more than twice in a "rolling quarter", Full-Time is actually only 37.5 hrs a wk so you get paid less

  6.  

    Nice team

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

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Really nice team
    Environment. Exciting fun work

    Cons

    Low pay. Some young people promoted too fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the job training for certain jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Alarmingly Unstable

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Friendly work force.

    Cons

    Top-heavy and bureaucratic. The organization is trying to raise money through saving money and it's failing miserably. They have cut too many staff positions and streamlined processes until the point of ineffectiveness . No one can get their job done and staff are leaving (or want to leave) in droves. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is ample evidence that your so-called "vision" is not working as you expected. Admit you were wrong and start the process of rebuilding the organization before it's totally ruined. Don't just fire the people that disagree with you or tell you that your over-simplified ideas aren't viable. Consultants aren't always right about things. This is proof positive of that. If you believe your legacy will be that you transformed the ACS, you are very wrong. Instead, you will be remembered as the one who ran it into the ground. Sooner or later, this will all catch up with you. It's such a shame. A sad, sad, state of affairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Broken organization

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

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of pros but now, mostly cons. The only pro is that in some positions you can work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Felt secure for many years but the company reorganizes every 3 years or so. So many changes they've lost sight of the mission. Focused on raising more money no matter what it does to their reputation. Many hurt and dissatisfied staff and volunteers. Lots of people are leaving this sinking ship. Competition will soon overtake what used to be one of the greatest organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership are not empowered to make decisions. Staff are not happy and are leaving right and left. This organization needs to get back to their roots of serving the cancer patient instead of taking away so many programs. Continuing to cut staff leads to less fundraising-hurt staff will no longer give, nor will their family. With all the changes over the years, this is a snowball effect that will ruin this organization in the end.

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

    Great Mission, Lack of Direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfying and Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Good mission, however I'm not sure that mission is being met. Great funding in the past 100 years that has led to great advances in cancer research over the past 100 years that have really changed how the disease is managed, however I don't think there are current strides to make progressive changes. Good to normal benefits, but poor pay as expected with a non-profit.

    Cons

    Poor office culture at least in my regional office, no enthusiasm in employees or management. It takes so long to make any progressive changes to the point that innovation is basically discouraged. Policies implemented in the 80s are still current, little to no technology. Disconnected from the needs of the current healthcare system. I was very surprised that my coworkers have no knowledge of the Affordable Care Act or other current issues in healthcare. Closed door policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage innovation and change. It's the only way to affect healthcare and cancer treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for an experience working for a Non-Profit organization maybe American Cancer Society is for you. The mission of the organization is great, however, I would first venture into volunteering first before looking at employment with the organization.

    Cons

    My role with the organization is working with Relay For Life. Often working with volunteers in local communities can be difficult when you have to deal with various attitudes and emotions. Relay Specialist work a lot of hours, which they are not compensated for. It often feels like the organization values its volunteers more than it values the employees that work for the organization. There are very little perks, if any, given to the employees in my role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I were to give advice to management I would say; examine what programs you have in place that recognize, promote, and show employees that they are valued. Work on ensuring you have the right people in positions of management and give adequate training to those that are currently in management positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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