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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated August 16, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, ability to raise money and impact the mission of fighting cancer

    Cons

    Can be high stress - but life saving work can be stressful!


  2. "It was a great stepping stone"

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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

    Really felt like you were helping people in need, you were working for a great cause

    Cons

    Fundraising goals, downtime during off season for relays

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Community Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible schedule, good mission

    Cons

    Poor upper management, lack of transparency and trust


  4. "Great work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    love the people and the work we do

    Cons

    lower salary and little room for growth


  5. "Steward New and existing relationships"

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    Current Employee - Community Development Manager in Ridgecrest, CA
    Current Employee - Community Development Manager in Ridgecrest, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Volunteer driven, community oriented, strong peer support culture Secure and cultivate new business and relationships why stewarding existing relationships with big business and community advocates and partners.

    Cons

    Constant change, high turnover, goals changing


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Resercher"

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    Former Employee - Research Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting research work in epidemiology

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible group leaders. Widely observed throughout different groups. Lots of people quit regularly

    Advice to Management

    Recognize value of employees and shut down dirty politics


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great volunteers and staff to work with

    Cons

    Politics way heavy in decision making

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Mission? Empowering! Treatment of Employees? Despicable"

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    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You start off with a good feeling in your body knowing you are going to be making a difference for people all around the world. The company pays decently which will help with all the driving you are expected to do. You also may get the opportunity to work with really nice people in the office you work from. So I guess that's 3 things.

    Cons

    If nothing else from these reviews helps, let this stick with you: If you have children under 5, be prepared for a difficult time with this organization and with your family. When the company found about my child, they immediately started acting differently. They may mention the perks off flexibility with the schedule but that will be nonexistent ( at least in my case). Your children are only young once; Don't sacrifice spending time with them just so you can work 12 or 14 hour days. Again, they mentioned flexibility and being able to work on tasks from home but the truth came out that "you are expected to be at the office unless you have a prearranged appointment elsewhere."

    The only training that you might be given will be the online on-boarding that companies typically use. That is not a problem but due to restructuring that the company has undergone recently, you may end up with a manager who is never around. If you have a manager who is never around to provide leadership and guidance as you begin, that makes it difficult to excel as you start to learn the culture of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    -Your employees are your success. Treat them like gold.
    -Focus on creating LEADERS and not poor managers.
    -Embrace diversity and inclusion at all aspects


  9. Helpful (4)

    "They do not care about the employee - only the money you can bring in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits and PTO

    Cons

    No employee appreciation
    They say work life balance is important but clearly it is not


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Noble Mission, Horrible Loyalty to Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Amazing PTO (around 25 days your first year, plus birthdays and floating holidays.
    2. Beautiful building in a great location downtown. Ample dining and shopping in the immediate area.
    3. Frequent employee appreciation events (too bad the sentiment is mostly hollow).

    Cons

    1. Horrible sick leave policy. You can only take sick leave if your doctor prescribes at least 5 consecutive days in a row, not including weekends. So you basically have to get sick on a Saturday, see your doctor on a Sunday, and convince him or her to recommend you for sick leave Monday through Friday (no matter the severity of your condition). Otherwise, you will be met with the canned phrase, "That's why we have such a generous PTO policy!"
    3. Absolutely terrible waste of in-house talent. They consistently snub highly qualified and loyal internal candidates for external candidates. And while they have no problem hiring certain POC, they definitely have a huge problem promoting certain POC to leadership roles. The corporate leadership is startlingly white, which wouldn't be such a big deal if the organization weren't headquartered in Atlanta, a city where being highly melanated isn't supposed to be disadvantageous.
    4. Below average pay and an unwillingness to promote professional development. If you were hired as a peon, you'll likely stay a peon until you find opportunities elsewhere or until you get fired.
    5. TRANSFORMATION, aka frequent mass layoffs of the most loyal employees, regardless of the many years of work they've done. Every two or three years they layoff large numbers of employees because donations are dropping year after year, yet they still somehow manage to pay millions of dollars to the CEO and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the directors with donor money.

    Advice to Management

    Simply this: Be as noble to your employees as they are to you and the fight against cancer.


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