American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
425 Reviews
3.1
425 Reviews
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American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great organization, noble mission, difficult times

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    The people and the relationships you build here are wonderful; there is something truly special about working with an organization that saves lives and has the opportunity to make such positive change on this disease

    Cons

    The changes that the organization is going through are creating a lot of challenges for the people that work and volunteer for ACS. The organization seems to have lost its focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your people first - everything else will follow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Amazing cause and great company to work for.

    Cons

    Can't think of any negatives.

  3.  

    Served as Unpaid Intern, for school credit

    Current Employee - Event Planning Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Event Planning Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at American Cancer Society as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    If you have a passion for Cancer research, this company is easy to work for. I serve under a wonderful woman who is the community event coordinator, and it is very fun to be around her, and working all toward a single goal.

    Cons

    The company itself is very much so behind the times. The office does not have wifi and makes it tough for interns to bring in laptops to work.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society as an intern

    Pros

    Very professional and rewarding experience at ACS

    Cons

    i didn't find any cons within the company

  6.  

    Personally satisfying, honoring both parents who died from cancer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Clerk  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Store Clerk in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at American Cancer Society part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Got to purchase gently used designer clothing at low prices, less an employee discount

    Cons

    No room for advancement, difficult personalities among the volunteers, inventory often sub-par

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on getting better donors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Online Chair Committee Member

    Current Employee - Online Chair Member  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Online Chair Member in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at American Cancer Society for less than a year

    Pros

    Cancer affects almost every person in this country. The American Cancer Society is a organization dedicated in finding early detection and the cure for cancer. As a volunteer for the organization, you will feel that you are doing your part in finding the cure. There are a wide array of opportunities to participate/volunteer for the cause. Start a fundraising team or join the committee are just a couple ways to volunteer.

    Cons

    The website is in dire need of an overhaul. As a volunteer, it should be user friendly to help organize & coordinate the local Relay for Life. It has great information, and provides resources that is very beneficial but user interface is clunky and it very easy to get lost within the site.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporation First!! Non-Profit Second!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Event Manager  in  Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Event Manager in Napa, CA

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

    Pros

    Great volunteers to work with.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours for very little pay. Employees are treated as though they are expendable! Horrible management. Pay is horrible while the CEO makes close to two million a year. Donor dollars are spent without any thought. They talk about eating healthy, but at all the all day meetings the only thing they provide to eat is candy and chips. A majority of the employees are grossly overweight. Overall a very unhealthy place to work, mentally and physically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Total Mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ideally, it's the mission to cure cancer but since they haven't kept track of who gives them money I doubt they are keeping track of exactly where the money is going.

    Cons

    - They have zero idea of who or what corporation has previously donated to them. All these years and their CRM system is worthless. Seems like no one in accounting ever kept track of who gave them money if it came in check form as most money from corporations does. When you ask for a report of what corporation gave money to xyz event their response is to check the back of old t-shirts. I kid you not....The IRS would have a field day with this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe management in Atlanta should stop paying themselves ridiculously high salaries and invest in a worthy CRM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Several decades of knowledge toss aside as waste

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Rocks In Backpack - High Plains Division
    Former Employee - Rocks In Backpack - High Plains Division

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Loved the overall benefits while working there. When something came up, you were able to leave and settle up later with little issues.

    Cons

    Restructure was more cleaning house than seeing overall what was needed for organization. Building plane in midair isn't really a good idea. When you build a worthwhile house, you don't start with the roof. Throwing away talent that had been providing for several decades doesn't leave good taste in mouth when all is said and done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It really would have been nice if you had learned from your initial mistakes during the restructure instead of repeating them over and over again giving other companies access to your great talent pool that knew how to fix problems instead of creating more of them. Calling your support staff rocks in backpack really didn't make us happy, but it really didn't seem to bother you and what you did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society as a contractor

    Pros

    Great co-workers, very rewarding experience

    Cons

    Management does not communicate expectations

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