American Cancer Society Reviews | Glassdoor

American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
194 reviews

Filter

Filter


2.0
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Gary Reedy
31 Ratings

194 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • work life balance was good or bad depending on who your boss was and the office that you worked in (in 100 reviews)

  • No work/life balance- it is impossible to "unplug" (in 37 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Tainted my view of nonprofit organizations - 1 1/2 stars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance may appear to be a positive with this company. However I'm starting to suspect that what they are passing off as "work/life balance" is really apathy by the staff.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. There is an invisible line between VPs and higher and everyone else. CONTRARY to what they say in public though... they pour it on thick that we are one big happy family and there is an open door policy. Please don't fall for this. There is a lot of talk, but no execution... on anything. The leadership in place simply don't have the skills to make anything happen or to inspire staff. The waste of donor money is heartbreaking. Please review Charity Navigator before deciding to donate to this organization, or any organization really.

    Advice to Management

    I could not be more disappointed in an organization. This advice is to donors and the board: NO ONE HAS A CLUE WHAT THEY ARE DOING - NO ONE. To be fair, I'm unsure about Gary Reedy, but the fact that he's letting this happen on his watch is on him. I'm actually starting to feel guilty accepting a paycheck every two weeks. People donate their hard earned money and ACS is squandering it... we should all feel ashamed. I'm looking to exit.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "SINKING FAST"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Administrative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are still a few passionate volunteers and employees that are still keeping things afloat. The PTO is amazing.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring. No room for growth. Lack of direction. Can't see the big picture. Volunteers and employees are tired and overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. You get what you give.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great cause but lacking direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Level in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Level in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with incredible individuals and vomunteers.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Lack of vision. Constant reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Despite all of the buzzwords around "transformation", we still don't have a clear path.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Brought in on lies- salary, job duties, and team size"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location and work-life balance (because there is no actual work to do)

    Cons

    PROFLIGATE, extremely unprofessional, and ineffective organization- felt like I was inside of a slow-motion train wreck

    Advice to Management

    Don't bring new hires in on lies...


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Losing their way"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Grassroots Manager in Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Grassroots Manager in Warwick, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission to fight cancer

    Cons

    Grew too large, lost their way, lots of senior managers should move on

    Advice to Management

    Leaner, younger, more innovative


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great position for a first job out of college"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Meaningful experiences with survivors and caregivers.

    Cons

    No room for creativity. Constant pressure to raise more money each year. Plan a whole year for a one overnight event that usually rains out. Burned out volunteers. Cheap gifts and too much paperwork. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Work with field staff before making major decisions that negatively effect the mission and image of the organization.


  8. "Good cause, work life balance is nonexisitant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    good cause. great employees. great volunteers

    Cons

    salary is low. no raises. no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    get back to regular relay. get back to the basics. don't change it and ruin your #1 income.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "ACS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Office and Event Support in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Coordinator, Office and Event Support in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful work, great health benefits

    Cons

    Overlooked for advancement, terrible salary


  10. Helpful (9)

    "ACS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very flexible work schedule
    -Great PTO and benefits
    -flex time is wonderful and you can carry over PTO days, if needed

    Cons

    -No opportunity for growth
    -Management is not forthcoming and available to assist when needed
    -Work a lot of nights and weekends
    -Lack of information for staff to be informed

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees more and create an environment that staff and learn and grow in. Also, keep staff informed. Also, have available options for staff to growth within the organization


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Great Benefits, No growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator, Division Event Support in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Coordinator, Division Event Support in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    20 PTO days as soon as you start.
    If you are a salaried employee you can come in late and leave early and work from home.

    Cons

    Coordinators aren't really appreciated seen as "just an admin".
    There is no opportunity to move up. ACS loves outside hires they will not promote from within.
    Pay is very low for hourly employees. Even with a college degree you won't get paid fairly.
    You will have to wait 3-5 years to get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages and hire from within.


Showing 194 of 1,013 reviews
Reset Filters