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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated December 9, 2018
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  1. "Health Systems"

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    Current Employee - Primary Care Physician in Virginias Chesapeake Shores, VA
    Current Employee - Primary Care Physician in Virginias Chesapeake Shores, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, loose management (no micromanaging) supportive of family, meaningful work. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Jobs can dissolve and positions can be eliminated without warning.

    Advice to Management

    Make better use of your social media accounts. Invest in community work, look at grass-root fundraising, not just chasing big fish. There is value in the smaller, local community groups, and health organizations. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it can’t be impactful. Your presence is needed in the community


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    "Sr. Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The concept of helping find a cure for cancer and providing support for those needing help during a horrible time. The PTO is great and work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    Over my 3+ years with the organization, there were staff reductions and strategy shifts every year. Management does not listen to staff. Even those in so called 'leadership positions'. No commitment to provide sufficient resources (staff, supplies and otherwise). Too much fighting over credit/development opportunity and Sr. Management does not provide a team atmosphere. Actively promoting a tribal 'you vs. them' environment.

    Advice to Management

    A key part of being a leader is listening to what your teams are telling you. If you want to run the Society like a business then run the Society like a business. Don't be half committed. Provide staff with stability and they will reward you with great success. It's hard to focus on the Society's bottom line when you're worried about how you will make rent and put food on the table during job cuts/reductions.

  3. "Health Systems Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Job autonomy, flexible work environment, working to help save lives

    Cons

    Not always a lot of opportunities for advancement and limited raises depending on revenue


  4. "CDM"

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    Current Employee - CDM in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - CDM in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, PTO, some volunteers are amazing!!

    Cons

    Too many events and event season can be overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    Don’t overload your employees


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    "Health Systems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    The Mission and working with great people and volunteers

    Cons

    Salary, opportunities for advancement, leadership at headquarters, and work very siloed by verical- not collaborative internally

    Advice to Management

    Talk to one another, Global Headquarters feels very detached from the regions. Gain input from staff- they are your greatest resource as are volunteers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator, Community Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Work with great people in Iowa

    Cons

    The salary isn't very high


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Manager Community Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, work flexibility, decent health benefits, generous PTO and retirement if you are able to hang in long enough to receive it.

    Cons

    The organization is constantly in "reorganization" mode. They created fancy titles like "Transformation", and "Fit for Purpose" and laid off staff who were experienced and dedicated to the mission. The constant turnover of staff created chaos , confusion and lack of trust for volunteers, potential donors and the community at-large.

    Advice to Management

    The senior management has lost touch of the community in terms of how to engage volunteers and donors in a meaningful way. There is no transparency on how they made personnel decision. The management also doesn't reflect the diversity of the population they serve. Many of them need to take a field day to learn what the front line staff are doing and how hard they work to bring in the income for the organization.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Sad company structure"

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    Former Employee - Health Systems Manager
    Former Employee - Health Systems Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent starting salary, lots of PTO, ability to work from home, great coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, job cuts after only a few months in, no loyalty to employees that have been there for decades.


  9. "Patient Resource 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful work-life balance. I felt like my supervisors cared for my professional growth and worked with me based on my learning style. It was wonderful, intensive, experience. Career growth within the company is available.

    Cons

    The pay. Also, things (program eligibility, trainings, policy) change all the time


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Tired and under appreciated"

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    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist
    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO, health insurance, work from home, helping people in need

    Cons

    Pay is low and raises are few and far between, workplace stress is high, non-stop calls and you’re expected to take another before being able to take a breath in order to adhere to the time management guidelines, programs and rules change weekly with no or little training, people are confused about our programs because we are forced to use language that can be interpreted differently

    Advice to Management

    Changes are fine, but please provide proper training so your employees know what is going on with the organization.