American Society of Clinical Oncology

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American Society of Clinical Oncology Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
29 Reviews
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29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent organization with great mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society of Clinical Oncology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff are really behind the mission. Great volunteers

    Cons

    Challenging work loads in very fast-paced environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Beware of Communications Department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society of Clinical Oncology full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and ability to work from home. Cancer.Net leadership is fair, mature, and flexible. Nothing below applies to Cancer.Net management.

    Cons

    Where to start? Management of the Communications Department is weak and that results in a petty and catty environment where those staff who suck up to management do well, while those who raise legitimate questions are put down. Insecure, spineless managers fear top leadership and pass fear and blame along to staff. No clear direction. Second-guessing here is routine. Second-line managers give some people favored status, while others of the same or higher ability are shunted aside. If you come here, save your email to prove your manager told you to do something that someone later will question. Staff bad-mouth their own peers to get ahead, and managers blame staff for their own mistakes. Although in the Results-Only Work Environment management isn't supposed to care how many hours you work as long as you achieve your results, the managers reward people who work long hours, so some staff add extra hours to their timesheets. Those who are honest or more efficient workers are told they aren't working hard enough and saddled with more work. If you go to your manager to discuss the intensely heavy and unrealistic workload and try to prioritize projects, you're labeled a complainer and seen as not suitable for advancement. Human Resources turns a blind eye and always takes management's side. The most talented people who are straight-shooters and don't put others down eventually leave because of the negative environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 360-degree review is a sham and not applied evenly to managers. Ask employees to review managers, with no repercussions. Then clean house accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent work environment, mission-driven organization, but limited opportunities for advancement

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

    I have been working at American Society of Clinical Oncology

    Pros

    ASCO offers excellent benefits with a ROWE work environment (meaning you can work wherever you want, whenever you want as long as the work gets done), meaningful mission-driven work, intelligent and driven employees, and a beautiful office space.

    Cons

    There are limited opportunities for advancement, lower than average compensation for Washington DC metro area, and it is very difficult to get raises, so negotiate for the salary you want when hired. Work can become routine at times, but that is to be expected if you've been at an organization for a while.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Revolving Door

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Society of Clinical Oncology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learn basic administrative skills
    Young co-workers

    Cons

    Pay scale does not meet work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the entry level positions. Be more teachable and not expecting a new college graduate to have all the skills needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work; has challenges

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society of Clinical Oncology

    Pros

    Work life balance is great - ability to be flexible is much appreciated.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth opportunities; salary is low - even for DC area; slow to make organizational change

  7.  

    Program Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance. ROWE is effective.

    Cons

    Tense office environment. Feels competitive and catty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accessible and less intimidating. Hard to relate to people on the director level and higher. Committee culture makes the environment very tense and stuffy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good professional development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Society of Clinical Oncology

    Pros

    Benefits, longevity, remote work, pleasant colleagues

    Cons

    No room for growth, time consuming, sometimes stressful

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work, but culturally different

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Very innovative and very ahead of its time for a NFP. Its very forward thinking and enjoys benefits like being able to have a ROWE environment, and work from home when necessary. Very forward and innovative company

    Cons

    Very demanding. Work Life balance can conflict in different departments, along with the problem but the major one is that directors expect high levels of work and to work 24/7. Moreover, culturally the problem is that someones you dont fit in and you can feel like an outsider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to engage more people into the mix over and over and try to make everyone feel welcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love the flexibility, hate the leadership

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

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

    Pros

    The vast amount of projects going on at ASCO ensures that you'll be working on something you've never worked on before, which can be very interesting. The flexibility of the ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) and open leave policy are fantastic. As long as no major events or projects are going on, you can take as much time off as you'd like. I also work from home 2-3 days a week, which is great for anyone with a long commute. I also love all of my coworkers, and the benefits are terrific.

    Cons

    The company is innovative, but quality is sacrificed. Projects are completed because membership demand them, but they're never followed through to completion. As long as they work relatively well and will satisfy the board, they're pushed out the door. Leadership is horrid. Employees are not valued at all, and there's a clear feeling that they're welcome to leave because everyone underneath upper management is nothing more than a cog in the ASCO machine. Because of the ROWE, you're expected to be available at all hours on occasion. I've worked 14 hours a day five days in a row, and you're not compensated in any way for it. It's merely expected. Being promoted is difficult, and raises are not very ample. ASCO has massive revenues for a nonprofit but still hands out rewards like a barely functioning operation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like faceless, nameless scrubs who can be replaced at the drop of a hat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Mission, Stressful Work Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at American Society of Clinical Oncology full-time

    Pros

    ASCO and its members are on the leading edge of cancer treatment. The organization makes such a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families, and most ASCO employees really care about their jobs and providing quality work.

    Cons

    The workload and the work itself is often stressful. While the work that ASCO does is so important, it's also important to remember that employees need real work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Con above

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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