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Updated February 6, 2017
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Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.)
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  1. "AACR, a decent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Publications Intern in Upper Darby, PA
    Former Employee - Publications Intern in Upper Darby, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, helpful health tips in break room, nice and friendly.

    Cons

    maybe the security checkpoint in the lobby, it's a pretty important building in Philadelphia.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "non-profit that helps you to feel good about what you do all day"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Staff Associate
    Former Employee - Staff Associate

    I worked at AACR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    co-workers, advancement, just out of college - great job! travel, room for growth

    Cons

    some micromanaging supervisors, like all other jobs


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great Heart and Mission, Mismanaged Organization"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Editor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Editor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AACR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This organization has a heart of gold. They really do want to prevent, treat and cure cancer around the world. You can feel good about contributing to an organization whose mission is so crystal clear.

    Cons

    There is a lot of control needed at the top so every decision, even minor ones, must go through a very long chain of command, causing things to slow down significantly. It was hard to execute on anything without prior CEO approval. There was a big bottleneck effect.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring more freelancers and contractors to help free up the bottlenecks and get more work out the door. Consider better work-life balance by giving employees the opportunity to work from home once in a while. Trust your management more, let go of the need to control!!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Production Manager"

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at AACR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Able to work independently. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Organization is run on the basis of 1950-1960's employment policies. No flex time or no work from home opportunities are offered. Employees do not seem to be appreciated.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AACR full-time

    Pros

    nice office location, great healthcare benefits

    Cons

    very silo-ed, not too much growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    ?


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good to get initial experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning environment to start a career

    Cons

    Micromanagement by leadership, low pay :(
    Low employee retention


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Mission, strange culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Foundation in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Foundation in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AACR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A "sleeper" organization in Philadelphia. Amazing what they accomplish

    Cons

    Top down leadership is crazy and everyone is afraid of the CEO. Title means everything, including the size of your desk and your office

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a succession plan in case something happens to your CEO


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great Mission, experience depends on department you work in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, coworkers are really great people, learn many things about cancer research, good benefits, working on something worthwhile, can travel (depending on your position), located right in Old City so you can take the train (or the buses or bike), secure building, nearby shops and restaurants, there's always meetings going on so getting a free lunch/snack is a possibility several times a month, annual company picnic and holiday dinner, upgraded technology, nice offices.

    Cons

    No flextime, no days in lieu even if you work massive overtime, no daycare, work-life balance is not good, very high turnover rate, some upper management expect their staff to work overtime and be available by phone and email anytime. Some positions do not advance very quickly-- could still be in an entry level position after 4-5 years with only minimal increases.

    Advice to Management

    No advice.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "No room for growth. Micromanaging at it's finest."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Coorindator in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Coorindator in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AACR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning about cancer science is fun. Good for entry level jobs.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Management micromanages. CEO is the devil and will eat your soul. No flex time. No raises or bonuses. Limited national holidays. General feeling of disappointment and bad moral. Lazy senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Offer flex-time, and work from home. Fight to get good employees recognized somehow (extra time off, raises, promotion, travel opportunities, office space, anything). STOP MICROMANAGING.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "A mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AACR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lovely co-workers
    Mission is great
    Nice working with researchers etc.
    Awesome location

    Cons

    Micromanagement
    No working from home
    No flextime
    Need more holidays/time off
    Room for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Create a structure that will allow people to be promoted.



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