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American College of Surgeons Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Change is good --- BUT --- Micromanagement is TERRIBLE!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable, good benefits, good corporate mission. Good work-life balance. Not focused on profit, but on service. Compensation could be better. Pay need to be reevaluated for several positions in the College.

    Cons

    Some managers are COMPULSIVE MICRO-MANAGERS. Not sure if its due to being intimidated by employees who have a better knowledge base of the company or if its due to the fact they need to feel important. Nonetheless, they need to allow their employees to do their job. Inturn the managers can actually do their work and POSSIBLY not have to work so many hours because their trying to do everybody elses job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers on how to manage. Hire managers who actually have managerial experience who looks to grow their employees oppose to being a dictator or someone who wants to be involved in EVERYTHING!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company with a great mission. I enjoyed my work, it was challenging yet the work life balance was great.

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American College of Surgeons full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, interesting and varied work, never a dull moment. Being able to travel for work with everything you need to be successful.

    Cons

    Senior management was micro managing or conveniently absent. No other cons to mention as I enjoyed my time at the College.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3.  

    No growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours are flexible and no need to fear getting fired regardless of work performance/ethic.

    Cons

    No accountability, lack of leadership, the culture is terrible. Employees in the same position for over 15 years, which means there is no room to grow, low compensation and the annual 3% cost of living increase regardless of work performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance/Refresh management/leadership skills. Invest in employees and offer real work performance incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Longevity - If you can deal with the micro management element.
    Benefits - Comprehensive
    Staff - Amiable
    Hours - Flexible, great place to work if you are in school or have a family.

    Cons

    Managerial - The directors at the top can make irresponsible decisions that can effect your job security. There seems to be no checks and balance system and those at the top run a dictatorship, which creates an atmosphere of distrust, fear, and discontent.

    Managerial - Upper staff members work on a micromanagement scale that is hard to deal with. You can be very good at your job, competent, and they will micromanage EVERY little thing you do.

    No Room for Advancement - Most employees get their experience working there, and move on to different institutions/companies within 3-5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No checks and balances - that needs to stop. Company should work on being fair to their dedicated employees so that more of them can stick around, rather than scrambling 2-3 years later to find jobs at other places.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could be Better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable, good benefits, good corporate mission. Good work-life balance. Not focused on profit, but on service.

    Cons

    Overstaffed, hired over-qualified people and under-utilize them, especially in Education group. Have 1 to 1 administrative assistant to staff ratio in many areas, low opportunities for growth or advancement due to overstaffing and heavy overhead. Some management dis-functional, particularly in Education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review staffing levels, reward true contributors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hot and Cold

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great office space, nice benefits package, good salaries, flex time, interesting mission, great co-workers, access to training

    Cons

    Leadership is poor. Some directors fight like cats and dogs. Some departments very strict about not allowing you to use time off, some benefits not fairly distributed (some, but not all, departments allow occasional work from home)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure fair access to benefits for all, stop fighting and live the "values" you espouse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    American College of Surgeons

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits for a non profit organization

    Cons

    Disfunctional Division of Education, terrible management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to restructure the entire division

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    So-so

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, compensation is pretty good for a nonprofit organization, good location.

    Cons

    Many of the managers do not have management experience or education. No room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place for stable, stress free job.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits package, 403b plus pension, volunteer day. Semi-competitive salary. Non-stressful environment and co-operative staff. Relaxed environment and work schedule, pretty flexible depending upon department. Lots of employees who have been with organization for years and will retire in same spots. Good place to work for a long-term stable job, not so much for a young person looking to grow within an organization.

    Cons

    Raises are not based on merit, but done across the board. Management is disorganized and not really trusting of employees to accomplish assigned job duties. Employees are not trusted to use their own best judgement on projects, managers micro-manage projects. Not much room to move up in the organization due to longtime employees staying in positions until retirement. Employee skills not properly utilized or plan for growing employee skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain better organizational and project management skills would help create a cohesive plan for departments. Better cross department communication. Create more efficient meeting planning and execution skills for management as well as time management, too much comes up at last minute that could have been planned ahead of time.

    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American College of Surgeons full-time

    Pros

    ACS is a well-funded nonprofit and has great benefits and even still offered an old fashioned pension plan in addition to a 403(b). Many longterm, dedicated employees. There were many opportunities to transfer to different departments when openings became available.

    Cons

    The company was very focused on seniority and ranking. In addition, most departments were headed by surgeons who had not been in office settings or management previously.

    Recommends

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