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Helpful (2)

A great national brand to work for in a life-saving field, tempered by fragmented and variable local efforts

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Former Employee - Special Events in Cedar Knolls, NJ
Former Employee - Special Events in Cedar Knolls, NJ

I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

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

Pros

-Great starting salary, comprehensive benefits, and development programs, employees discounts -Working with local communities to provide services to those in need -A very involved, feel-good line of work

Cons

-Deceptively "transformational", many progressive and creative improvements company-wide are inflated -Workplace environment drastically different between regions -Very narrow ladder of advancement, whoever hangs around the longest can expect to advance

Advice to Management

Listen to your own calls for "transformation" and allow a 100yr old behemoth move into the 21st century.

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  1. Great place to make a difference - as long as you stay inside the box.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Albany, NY
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Albany, NY

    I have been working at American Cancer Society as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to help people. Most employees aren't there for the money, but because they are passionate about their job. Follow their "rules," and you'll be fine.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Set models and guidelines that you are expected to follow, yet they supposedly encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Actually encourage and reward people for being innovative! If you're going to structure yourself as a corporation, you need to restructure your management too.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Not the job I was expecting at all.

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

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    More flexibility than other jobs and the ability to work from home was nice. I had nice coworkers who were willing to lend a hand as well.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else was negative. Although we had many trainings so many of them were repeats and didn't share any new ideas. Three day overnight, out of town trainings are difficult for people with families and this didn't seem to be a concern of ACS. Management was not well trained or well versed in how to be effective mangers. ACS is NOT a transparent company and a lot of changes were made without staff input that would have been crucial to improving staff morale. Turnover is very high, but when 50 and 60 plus hour weeks are worked consistently with low pay and little to no encouragement, what do you expect? Management did not listen to employees who were in the field and talking to constituents, volunteers and others involved in events specifically Relay For Life events.

    Advice to Management

    Take classes to become better managers. Offer advice and help to your employees and don't push them off on to their coworkers. Set attainable goals and listen to the people who are out in the field.


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