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Losing sight of whats important

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Management in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Management in London, England (UK)

I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (more than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

Pros

Amazing cause
Some very dedicated people

Cons

Far too many people in Director / Head positions. Many of them promoted because of time served rather than skill or input
Salaries paid to those in Director / Head roles are unrealistic and not reflective of their impact
Inconsistent approach to appraisal
Culture of favouritism
Many people not having the impact they should
Lack of leadership in support functions means organisation isnt efficient
Organisation really needs some new blood and a 'fresh pair of eyes' despite rebrand has become stale an institutionalised

Advice to Management

Rationalise senior positions and ensure 'value for money' on salary spend
Bring in new people with new ideas and perspectives (but stop forcing them out when their faces dont fit with the old tired cohort)

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  1. Very cool company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice working atmosphere and work and family life balance done properly. Very hard to find something like this these days.

    Cons

    None that I could fine of.

  2. Challenging, fulfilling and rewarding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging working environment, highly motivated and dedicated staff who are committed to working for a very good cause. There is also an excellent work life balance. Everyone is very supportive and the working environment is highly collegiate.

    Cons

    There are not many downsides of the organisation; but if I was pushed I would say that it takes quite a long time to progress in the company. Also, the salary is lower than equivalent jobs in the private sector but that's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer staff progression guidelines

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