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Great cause but a Dinosaur Non-Profit stuck in the past

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Former Employee - Management
Former Employee - Management

I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

Pros

The fundamental cause of fighting for a worthy cause is there and most employees share that drive and passion. Salaries are insanely high (but also a con) and benefits are great. Professionalism tends to be a high commitment. Many quality colleagues.

Cons

Like most non-profits, ACS retains underperforming employees way too long, disrupting the mission and vision of the organization and wreaking havoc on office environments and the reputation of the organization to others in the community. While salaries are great, they're over-inflated when these funds could go to vital patient services and greater reach in local communities. There tends to be a "front" that ACS is doing all these great things in local communities, when the reality is there's very little real going on. Other local, grassroot cancer service organizations are leaps and bounds ahead of ACS when it comes to serving local cancer survivors and those struggling with the disease. Finally, the technology structure of CRM, income management, and event tracking is archaic, bloated, and in need of desperate updating and streamlining. The organization could increase efficiency and cost effectiveness greatly by updating old ways of capturing and managing data.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees who are in touch the most with their communities and local offices...It will decrease turnover and boost efficiency and organizational effectiveness. Build programs to connect more integrally with cancer survivors and patients in local communities. Stop retaining underperforming employees, trim bloated salaries from the very top on down, and be willing to be the "change champions" you claim to be by streamlining technology and outdated data systems by bringing them into the 21st Century.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Big disconnect with field staff and tons of politics when it comes to advancement

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -Incredible Mission, respected brand, wonderful volunteers

    Cons

    -tenured staff not appreciated or well utilized
    -offers of taking on greater responsibility rebuffed
    -losing connection to heart and soul of organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the state level, leaders are very busy looking out for themselves and not for the good of the organization. If you're not a current "pet" in the eyes of leadership, you have no opportunity to advance. it's time to clean house or you will be losing many more valuable staff members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I was led to believe

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    Former Employee - Community Representative
    Former Employee - Community Representative

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    In need of more qualified lower level management; too much upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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