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Fighting cancer one day at a time.

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Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY

I worked at American Cancer Society

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

You truly feel that the work you do has a direct impact on the organization and the general public who benefit from those services. There is a lot of autonomy within the position and you have the ability to express your ideas and carry them to fruition (so long as they don't exhaust too many resources). The staff at the American Cancer Society are so passionate about what they do and it's that passion that drives projects forward at such a fast pace and make all of the lifesaving research, education, advocacy, and patient services that the organization delivers so valuable.

Cons

Low salary. Very few resources within the organization. Often times you feel like they want you to accomplish everything under the sun, but won't give you the funds to make it happen. The organization's headquarters is so large, trying to do so much, with so many projects that it sometimes drops the ball when transitioning local projects to a national level. There seems to be a lot of push and pull between divisions and the headquarters. Divisions want to work within their own merits and the national headquarters all wants to create similar processes and structure for division which doesn't always work given the differences in demos and divisional cultures.

Advice to Management

Donors want to know where their money is going and ACS has a great track reccord for success. Demonstrate those results at all times, continue to be transparent as an organization and it will serve you well.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Some downsides...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great cause and many of the staff are very dedicated to it. The volunteers who are involved are amazing.

    Cons

    Many views are not listened to. If you are hired as an expert, you aren't allowed to truly be heard in that area. There is a lot of money that goes into fundraising efforts as opposed to programming. Some management do not do a good job with their employees. Jobs assigned often do not synch with experience levels.

    Advice to Management

    Work to recognize those with great skill sets and drive. Listen to the volunteers more. Work better with other outside health groups.


  2. Helpful (4)

    One big mess

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager - Development in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Community Manager - Development in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    To support cancer survivors, educate the public and fight for medical breakthroughs.

    Cons

    High turnover with little concern for why this is a problem (which is a waste of constituents' dollars since training employees is so costly), complete disregard for work-life balance, HR doesn't stand by their workplace policies, crisis prevention practices appear to be non-existent (senior management expects employees to work all-night Relay-For-Life events after a full day at the office and then drive back home 50-plus miles on zero sleep, which is as bad as driving drunk), no comp time for crazy hours during event season, will put employees and volunteers in harms way during dangerous weather conditions rather than having a "plan B" in place for outdoor events, treats good-hearted volunteers like dirt if they are not giving more than 100 percent, poor training for new employees in a sink-or-swim environment and much, much more.

    Advice to Management

    Explore why turnover is so high and seek solutions. Also, HR should see that regional offices are adhering to organizational policies in regards to employment and diversity practices.


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