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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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  • Work life balance is non existent (in 108 reviews)

  • No work-life balance; constant night and weekend hours (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "American Cancer Society - hard on the heart"

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    Former Employee - Cancer Information Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Cancer Information Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and working for a seriously mission driven employer

    Cons

    Burnout due to emotional toll of cancer patient case management


  2. "Wish it was more stable"

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

    Pros

    Generous PTO, great coworkers, good healthcare, work from home opportunities, purposeful mission

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement, internal structural changes are constant, raises put on hold constantly

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Changes are constant and continues"

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

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    People and the Mission work

    Cons

    Several layoffs since transformation and into Fit For Purpose and then finally another Optimization.


  4. "It is what you make it"

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

    I worked at American Cancer Society part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Cause
    Personal Fulfillment
    Workplace Wellness
    Fun events to attend

    Cons

    Funding seems to go to waste
    Low retention

    Advice to Management

    Rethink some events


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, uncertain times"

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

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated, mission-oriented, great quality of life.

    Cons

    Uncertain financial environment, bureaucracy gets in its own way.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Say goodbye to a personal life"

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    Current Employee - Community Manager - Development
    Current Employee - Community Manager - Development
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission is great. If you want to feel good about what you are doing, this is a great job to have. You can really learn and challenge yourself in this role.

    Cons

    They overwork you. There is no work-life balance. I work at least 50 hrs a week and get paid for 37.5 hrs. The job description is great, but it is not an accurate description of the job. You are expected to be available to your volunteers 24/7. There is hardly any opportunity for raises or advancement. You are not valued or appreciated for the amount of work that is asked of you. If you have a required event with no volunteers, you better call your family and friends because your managers will not show up to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Pay CDMs what they deserve or lighten their workload. Aprrciate the hard work that they do and show them that you actually value you them with something more substantial than an e-card.


  7. "lots of layoffs"

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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

    mission is honorable and worthwhile

    Cons

    non-profit, lots of layoffs due to restructuring to rid of admin waste.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission and Great Experience"

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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

    The American Cancer Society is very Mission driven. You know the work you are doing impacts a larger mission to provide relief to people during some of the toughest times in their life. That is very rewarding. You also get great experience in change management and diversity.

    Cons

    Opportunities for development and career paths are not clearly defined within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Let's try to give more definite career development advice to retain talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Community Development Manager"

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

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pto, people you meet are amazing

    Cons

    Middle management is bad, high turnover right, little room/encouragement to grow

    Advice to Management

    Encourage, help train, and motivate your staff, and the outcome will be so much better!


  10. "Full Time Employee"

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

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    The organization does great work
    Rewarding to connect personally with a lot of supporters

    Cons

    Long work days
    High stress on numbers can sometimes blur the whole reason of working there


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