American Cancer Society

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Great colleagues, but many incompetent staff kept on/promoted, and top talent left due to poor compensation/lack of opp.

Director (Former Employee)

ProsGreat mission, a lot of opportunity to use varied skill sets and gain experience

ConsNon-competitive salaries, lack of work-life balance, lack of transparency, lack of strong external and internal public relations, health benefits package is not competitive

Advice to Senior ManagementIn Transformation, there should actually be transparency. Several enterprise-wide communications were nebulous and did not take into account the intelligence of staff to read between the lines. Hire PR staff and create a PR department for internal and external PR, separate from fundraising efforts through MarCom.

I would also recommend that ACS raise the bar for nonprofit employment: The organization, as well as other nonprofits, should not set pay scales on the basis of an incorrect assumption that staff are there because of passion about the mission. This is an exploitative view of staff; the missions and values of the Society, as well as other nonprofits, should be better clarified and communicated to the public. Staff care about the mission, but they also need to pay their bills and should not suffer because organizations fail to properly explain how money is used.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    A fantastic organization to work for, but they are SLOW

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros: Great benefits. Great people. A cause that you can get… Cons: This is an enormous non-profit. They are extremely risk-averse and careful about everything they so, which means that every decision they make and every request… Advice to Senior Management: Show your employees how much you value them by giving… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Entrenched in politics and gossip, with little advancement toward mission. Restructuring rather than working.

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros: Retirement plan and health insurance. Cons: 1) I been here 7 years--but management was/is stingy with pay, title and promotion. Raises never above 2.5% despite exceeding goals. Other staff were given… Advice to Senior Management: Realize this is a professional business. Treat it as such. Invest in your staff. Cut the politics… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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