American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
414 Reviews

3.0
414 Reviews
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American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
John R. Seffrin
230 Ratings

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.  

    For Those Whose Want Their Job to be Their Entire Life

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Meeting the amazing volunteers/survivors whose lives have been touched by cancer

    Cons

    *Working long and grueling hours, nights and occasionally all weekend, for next to no pay
    *Seeing donations go to frivolous party favors, expensive lunches and dinners, and self promotion
    *Watching helplessly as termination of important programs hurts people who have depended on us for these services and are now left to fend for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are supposed to be helping others.

  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. An organization that cares about it's employees.

    Cons

    Non profit pay. Occasionally have to work long hours.

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

    Worst place I've ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA

    Pros

    Mission (but there seems to be a lack of concern for it by management)

    Cons

    Everything else - I've worked in nonprofits over 15 years and this is by far the worst.
    Terrible management
       Lack of direction
       Incompetent
       Lack of care for the mission
    Poor work/life balance
    Low pay
    Terrible benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization needs all new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, ACS does a great job of appropriating funds to fight cancer here in Oregon, and across the country

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development in Portland, OR

    Pros

    I loved the flexible schedule, the opportunity to work with so many dedicated volunteers and feeling like I was making a difference. I love the event based approach to raising money, as most people would rather get something for their donation, (an experience..) than just open up their check book.

    Cons

    The leadership at the time was very top heavy, redundant and disorganized. They were not quick to pivot toward social media, new, innovative ideas or thinking. Still a very old fashioned company. Also a very environmentally unfriendly one. There was plane travel for one meeting, throwing out marketing collateral because the logo colors were wrong, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall restructuring of the company would be helpful. Hire more doers and less bosses. Be open to new ideas and hire people based on their ideas and unique experiences vs. hire for ability to follow directions. Work together with other organizations vs. against them to solve the overall goal of curing cancer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It started out great, but transformation takes a toll on people... approach with caution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life  in  Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life in Roanoke, VA

    Pros

    You work a lot of nights and weekends but that is balanced out by a flexible work schedule. You don't have to worry about using PTO to get to the doctor, vet, grocery store, etc. Even if you did - there are lots of PTO days so no worries! The benefits package is also really strong - they put their money where their mouth is when it comes to insurance. And the volunteers you work with are amazing people. AMAZING people!

    Cons

    The organization just restructured. There are a LOT of kinks to work out. I would avoid this employer for the next couple years until they sort it out. Your supervisor will also make or break your experience. You work very independently and have lots of autonomy. You may only see your supervisor once or twice a week but they can have a huge impact on your experience. Try to get a vibe form the current staff before saying yes! Also - there are no real professional development opportunities and little upward mobility options. So keep that in mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Options for upward mobility and professional development would help employees feel like you're invested in them as long term career people. Not short term employees.

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

    Excellent organization, good experience, enjoyed working with excited volunteers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator  in  Albany, GA
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Albany, GA

    Pros

    Meeting new people almost every day. Satisfying outcome of organizations purpose. Not the same routine every day.

    Cons

    Volunteers sometimes don't understand policy and procedure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication, more one on one meeting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk  in  Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Waukesha, WI

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Friendly people. Believed in company values

    Cons

    Very little intermingling with other departments so it was hard to get to know others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the office culture so that everyone can know each other better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No room for growth; slow transformation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Representative  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Great staff- most staff are passionate about the mission.
    Great volunteers that give of their time.

    Cons

    No room for growth. I've been a part of discussion with previous manager about a "growth ladder" but I don't think it really exist. During transformation and the internal job interview process, I think that hiring managers knew who they wanted in certain positions so they kept others out of the hiring. Also, some of the hiring was biased because a staff person's current manager shouldn't be the ONLY person on the interview call (there should have been someone/ third party involved on the call to keep it fair). Just too long of a process...some of us are ready to do the work without having to worry about the jobs and gaps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly listen to your staff...managers have these cliche sayings and have their responses ready without fully listening to staff concerns and suggestions.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intake Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intake Specialist  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intake Specialist in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Great culture of service and growth.

    Cons

    Pay lower (expected in Non-profit), Work can be emotionally draining considering mission and topic

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Most rewarding and impactful job.

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

    Pros

    Have been with the company for over 10 years and have seen its changes. The direction we are moving in is more exciting than ever. Leaderships are very supportive, the teams (income development, community engagement and health systems) are working together with great chemistry to achieve the common goals. Corporate provides opportunity for staff to express feedback and input. Corporate also encourages staff to exercise work/life balance. Have met so many cancer survivors and learned a great deal from their personal stories. Wonderful venue to introduce young kids to charity work and volunteerism.

    Cons

    It's not yours if new changes are intimating you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep sharing your passion and vision to the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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