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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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  1. "Great work, lots of org changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people who love their work

    Cons

    Lots of org structure changes


  2. "Great mission, great people"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with, wonderful mission

    Cons

    A lot of change in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Please support staff - they work very hard

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Was a great place to work at one point"

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    Former Employee - Various Roles in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Various Roles in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Great time off
    -Attracts people who care about the mission
    -Made some great friends

    Cons

    -Mismanagement throughout the years resulted in lots of layoffs (mine included)
    -New "regime" is trying their best (I believe) but had to make more cuts because of the issues during the previous "regime"
    -Lots of pressure on event staff to meet their income goals
    -Remaining staff having to work with the resources they have which may be outdated technology and disgruntled employees/volunteers (disgruntled because of the changes and layoffs)

    Advice to Management

    I know you're doing your best. But some of the layoffs seem weird. It's hard on staff and volunteers.


  4. "Cancer information specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible hours, fulfilling work

    Cons

    Emotionally draining job, lots of sitting


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great organization until transformation & fit for purpose. I do not recommend working for this non profit."

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very generous pto. Worked with some great passionate people who truly loved their jobs. A good job for college grads looking to work in non profit.

    Cons

    Last 3 years no merit increase. I worked in numerous offices and and the atmosphere was bad due to constant layoffs. ACS was a good company to work for until transformation. Senior management in Atlanta is incompetent. They are closing multiple offices nationwide to save money.

    Advice to Management

    Transformation went on for years. Than a new slogan fit for purpose. Same nonsense. Seems like senior management does not have a clue.


  6. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (401K, leave, salary)

    Cons

    Lack of good leadership and valuing of diverse opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Community Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good flexibility with work life balance and you get to work with passionate people who truly believe in the mission of ACS.

    Cons

    Volunteers can make or break your events regardless of the staff's leadership skill. There is no ability to take control of your own event as everything must be run by and approved by your volunteers. The fundraising model of ACS is very outdated for today's society and they are slow to make changes.

    Advice to Management

    Remove staff partners or give them more control. Many times there will be volunteers that do not pull their weight and it falls on staff anyway. If they had more control, more time could be spent on fundraising rather than wasting time on issues that staff could do in a fraction of the time.

  8. "work life balance for real"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Sincere and profoundly human PTO policy.

    Cons

    Leadership is thinly smeared over a wide expanse of fiefdoms.

    Advice to Management

    Consider better integrated and more empowered small teams.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Micromanaged"

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    Former Employee - Cancer Resource Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Cancer Resource Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission is fulfilling, I enjoyed talking with and helping cancer patients and their families.

    Cons

    Intense micromanagement... even if a cancer patient is crying, you get scolded for not demanding personal information from the caller (address, phone number, etc.) I used my best judgment depending on the caller's mood and if I chose to console the patient instead of fishing for their information for the benefit of ACS, I got docked.

    Advice to Management

    No one likes to be micromanaged to this extent.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Enterprise Systems Associate"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Systems Associate in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Systems Associate in Framingham, MA

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission
    The people
    Diversity of work

    Cons

    Executives make all the $ and there are almost zero promotions or incentive to keep going


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