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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  • work life balance was good or bad depending on who your boss was and the office that you worked in (in 97 reviews)

  • No work/life balance- it is impossible to "unplug" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Communications Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is the best reason to work there.

    Cons

    They are still going through Transformation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "manager"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    organization's mission, flexibility, independent work

    Cons

    too much emphasis on fund raising


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great volunteers but overworked employees"

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

    Pros

    Volunteers were very passionate about what they were doing.

    Cons

    Summer time hours were crazy. Sometimes I worked 70-90 hours per week. No raise in the three years worked there.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Community Manager
    Former Employee - Community Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very mission oriented with plenty of room for growth. I worked in both the development and the mission side and really loved the work. The pay is also competetive

    Cons

    Some of the fundraising strategies are out dated


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to work-but not right now"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager, Corporate Relations
    Current Employee - Account Manager, Corporate Relations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great PTO, health benefits, great mission. Wonderful training and experience/resume builder.

    Cons

    Going through a nevcessary restructure and so nobody's job is safe right now. Way too bureaucratic. Upper management doesn't come from the non profit world and don't understand it. Lots of infighting.

    Advice to Management

    Mid level management is good. Upper level management: Be more appreciate of your employees and realize that donors don't owe ACS, we owe them, if we are to raise money - we cannot have a "swagger" attitude as they like to say.


  7. "Work here"

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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

    Collaborative and friendly environment full of people looking to do good.

    Cons

    A more relaxed environment can be frustrating when you want to accomplish something quickly.


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a well known company

    Cons

    Not much for the intern to do. Systems of events are outdated


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Change, change, change"

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    Current Employee - Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Doing work to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization of departments and operating models causing the organization to lose talented, dedicated staff and volunteers.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of those who actually perform and exceed goals.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "ACS employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Diversity, supportive of employees, good time off

    Cons

    Limited job growth, CEO makes millions and the little guys doing the mission work don't get raises some years

    Advice to Management

    Stop being selfish!


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Community Engagement"

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

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate about working for a great cause

    Cons

    Managment constantly changes policies and procedures. No job stability.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to remain relevant to volunteers and donors, and continue doing great work in the are of cancer research, remember that staff partners are the brand ambassadors for the ACS and you should treat them accordingly. In order to build trust with communities, volunteers need to see that ACS is committed to them and high turnover rates does not give them that impression or work to build their trust. Take an honest look to see why you are losing so many great employees to other organizations, because you are going to lose volunteers and donor revenue if you dont make some positive changes for those who make the organization a success.



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