American Chemical Society Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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  1. Stable

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Chemical Society

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stability of job, decent healthcare options. I have no problems with the available plans but did not have high heathcare costs myself

    Cons

    Intrenched management, not flexible. There is a rigid hierarchy not unlike most nonprofit organizations. There was difficulty with introducing ideas outside of the box.

    Advice to Management

    Waste less money on unnecessary office and computer upgrades. Focus on improving office morale through open and safe dialogue.


  2. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Chemical Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package, staff and growth opportunities are amazing! ACS prefers to hire management from within and constantly provides opportunities to advance through training subsidies.

    Cons

    ACS can be a little process intensive and somewhat bureaucratic in some instances. Other than that, it is an amazing organization to work with and the people are friendly and the atmosphere is great.

    Advice to Management

    Management please try to reduce the number of meetings, some management needs to be present for easier access sometimes.


  3. Information Technology

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Chemical Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Some great people with which to work
    Wonderful mission
    Transitioning to a new CEO in 2015 so new opportunities could be available

    Cons

    Very political and slow to move. Can be difficult and frustrating navigating through the red tape. Inconsistency throughout the organization. Some divisions have a great work life balance while others struggle.

    Advice to Management

    Think the new CEO has a great opportunity to advance the organization. Embrace the changes. Continue to work to set realistic expectations with volunteer leaders. Continue to embrace opportunities to change antiquated bi-laws that could impede the organizations potential to be reliant over the next 100 years.


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  5. Benefit Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Benefits Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Benefits Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Chemical Society

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hard working employees and above the benchmark benefits!

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy in this environment and the Board of Directors has too much contact directly with staff with conflicting directives from senior management.


  6. It

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

    I have been working at American Chemical Society

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's in a great location, well-respected company.

    Cons

    I wouldn't share those on a site like this


  7. Great place to learn, but be ready to work hard

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Chemical Society

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of growth opportunities and compensation is competitive

    Cons

    Splintered focus, moving in too many directions at once

    Advice to Management

    take the care to understand the contributions from all parts of the organization


  8. Good place for a long career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Chemical Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ACS has really good employee benefits, training opportunities and a pretty good work life balance, even if travel is involved.

    Cons

    There isn't as much inter-departmental collaboration as there should be, and separate business units seem to have very little to do with one another, even though it could often be much easier if there was more open channels between groups. A lot of the group organizations are also antiquated and should be restructured to compliment the real-world way the teams function rather than by old-school ideas about seniority.
    They also don't seem to have many ways to deal with people when they aren't doing a good job. The culture seems to be once you're in, its pretty hard for someone to get you out, which while good in most cases, doesn't leave room for cutting back when people just aren't working out.

    Advice to Management

    Generally, keep up the good work, but listen to the people on the ground regarding ways to make teams more efficient, collaborative and realistic.


  9. Super stable, great benefits, work/life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Chemical Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ACS is a great place and people stay on average many years. The work is interesting, chemistry and all its many applications, and ACS is well-regarded in the world of science professionals, public policy leaders, and STEM educators. Benefits are very good, regular raises, and bonuses if you work hard. This is a solid, moderate place amid a world of extremes.

    Cons

    Because it is so stable and people stay, there is not as much upward movement as you might hope for.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities to collaborate among divisions.


  10. A solid if conservative place to work

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

    I have been working at American Chemical Society

    Pros

    ACS is a solid, professional, stable place for the most part. Overall, employees seem content to be there, if not excited. Perhaps one of the biggest pluses for me is that they place a high value on flexibility and work-family balance. Salaries are decent for the nonprofit sector.

    Cons

    The downside is that comfort seems to breed complacency. If you're looking for an energetic, dynamic place, this is not it.


  11. Great place to springboard into a long-lasting career!

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

    I have been working at American Chemical Society

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training, Telework options, and Job Security

    Cons

    Too quite and disconnect between staff and management.



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