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.  

    I've been fortunate to couple my passions with my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    for many folks who have worked many places the positive will grossly exceed the negative.
    - excellent PTO and flexible schedule
    - wonderful mission - provides many touch points to those that you are helping
    - adequate pay
    - advancement opportunities
    - cross-functional experiences

    Cons

    Currently the organization is still in a transitional phase. it is very difficult to see what the final road map will look like, so moral suffers. I am confident the final outcome will be excellent, just help those that have endured through these years see it more clearly.
    - there are a number of silos and break downs in communication
    - management heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more clear and direct when communicating to staff. it will help to demystify what the ultimate plan is through transformation. Rather than continuing to hire more high-level experts, trust that you have already hired the right people to do the job and discontinue adding more management levels.
    - hire a visionary for CEO, who has a clear path for their vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Never a dull moment in the fight against cancer!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great experience working on some of the most famous grassroots events in the world. Lots of opportunities to work on Galas and distinguished events all in the fight against cancer.

    Cons

    Incredibly talented staff is incredibly overworked and underpaid. Their all in all the time never take a break and reflect on what we are doing is unsustainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great employees need to be recognized and compensated appropriately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization that truly helps people in need.

    Current Employee - Relay for Life Specialist
    Current Employee - Relay for Life Specialist

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great people to work with, and very good benefits. Also a great group of volunteers that you get to interact with.

    Cons

    Late evening and weekend meetings are common and it makes for difficult work/life balance. Also difficult to grow within the organization in a timely fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with staff on development and give a set plan to grow within the organization.

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  5.  

    Great Place to Work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Your coworkers will become your main point of support and encouragement.

    Cons

    It can be challenging and a struggle at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are advocates for their staff!

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulfilling but exhausting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Relay for Life in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Relay for Life in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.
    Office culture.
    Working with dedicated volunteers.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Constantly "on-call".
    Moving to a sales based program.
    Placing too many demands on volunteers.
    Always pushing for more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let successful Relay managers continue to run their events the way the communities want them run. Don't try to make all of them the same. The cookie cutter approach doesn't work. Do not place "sales" quotas on volunteer recruitment or "asks".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development in Kearney, NE
    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development in Kearney, NE

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and great volunteers.

    Cons

    Management is very disconnected from staff and the volunteers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great friendly staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at American Cancer Society part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission, good people wanting to help people

    Cons

    over worked, a lot of goals that do not get completed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission; long hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life
    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The American Cancer Society has a great mission; a person can be very proud to work for this organization. There are many opportunities for training and a lot of collaboration between departments.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected for staff, often causing burnout and high turnover. Salaries have not increased in a few years but job roles have gotten more time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary for most needs to be reviewed. ACS has less employees since transformation which means more work for everyone, but salaries have not increased.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    The work environment is exceptional. Everyone is Positive and Team Orientated. Great Customer Services

    Cons

    No Cons. Great place to work 5 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. It works!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Thirty five year, full time staff person working in Health Initiatives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    My work began as a mission-focused staff working with hundreds of community volunteers and other health organization partners. The organization was grassroots based and included survivors and families, public health and oncology professionals, public policy volunteers and community collaborators.

    Cons

    The organization had and continues to have numerous organizational transitions in its approach to be relevant in today's cancer world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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