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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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  • Work life balance is non existent (in 104 reviews)

  • No work life balance, training process isn't helpful and most is unnecessary, lots of hours for little pay (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "American Cancer Society is a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Project Management in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowing that at the end of the day -- you are helping those with cancer. Unlike for-profit organizations -- it seems that everyone here is working towards a common goal of eliminating cancer. The benefits package is very generous - 4 weeks of vacation on day one. Management seems concerned about work/life balance and getting time off is not a problem. This company spends time hiring the right people.

    Cons

    Very tight budget -- bad financial times. That said, I believe that they are doing all the right things to ensure that we continue our success with minimal interruption to peoples lives.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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    "ACS is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Community Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Atlanta, GA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexible schedule. Encourages work life balance. There are many opportunities for advancement and they have a great recognition program

    Cons

    At busy times, there are many night time meetings. There is a lot of information to remember.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. They really encourage you to always do your best. Everyone is very respectful.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fighting cancer one day at a time."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You truly feel that the work you do has a direct impact on the organization and the general public who benefit from those services. There is a lot of autonomy within the position and you have the ability to express your ideas and carry them to fruition (so long as they don't exhaust too many resources). The staff at the American Cancer Society are so passionate about what they do and it's that passion that drives projects forward at such a fast pace and make all of the lifesaving research, education, advocacy, and patient services that the organization delivers so valuable.

    Cons

    Low salary. Very few resources within the organization. Often times you feel like they want you to accomplish everything under the sun, but won't give you the funds to make it happen. The organization's headquarters is so large, trying to do so much, with so many projects that it sometimes drops the ball when transitioning local projects to a national level. There seems to be a lot of push and pull between divisions and the headquarters. Divisions want to work within their own merits and the national headquarters all wants to create similar processes and structure for division which doesn't always work given the differences in demos and divisional cultures.

    Advice to Management

    Donors want to know where their money is going and ACS has a great track reccord for success. Demonstrate those results at all times, continue to be transparent as an organization and it will serve you well.


  4. "Non Profit Can Truly Change Your Life When You Least Expect It- Crave More"

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    Current Employee - Community Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Baltimore, MD
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Allow creativity and encourage creativity when building relationships, new initiatives in targeted communities, and very supportive of event and program volunteers for cancer patients. The drive to keep doing the work we do, is because of the cancer patients and caregivers, and the work means something to each and every one of us. The state level area directors are incredibly supportive of the field and admin staff-never had such support prior to this organization. They encourage volunteers to grow and in many cases leads to employment opportunities.

    Cons

    Input is asked for from NHO, Division Senior Leadership, and state level Executive Leadership but when the process or plan is announced, the input was null and void. The input of those the decisions directly impact on the field level and the patients/caregivers are not strongly considered, they say they do, but don't. I think many organizations see this as a turn-off, but in the end-it really is about the impact we make the lives we save and change.

    Advice to Management

    To the NHO and SAD Senior Leadership, visit on the local level other than in Atlanta. Come see how each location's demographics vary, as well as the diversity of the staff and who they are. Undercover Boss might be a method to try out.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "ACS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The ACS was one of my favorite places to work. The staff you work with is great and the cause is meaningful. Obviously they can't pay you a lot because money has to go to the cause, but there is a great work life balance.

    Cons

    Technology can be improved, but they are working on it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job


  6. "Great and fulfilling!"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Kew Gardens, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiter for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Kew Gardens, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They give 100% of the money the raise to research and patient service. Amazing events...you definitely need to attend one and see all the fundraising efforts behind it!

    Cons

    none at the moment..just wish they had more job openings

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more people in your Queens and Manhattan offices...especially a special team to put on events on colleges, schools, conventions throughout the city, special events and more! I would love a full time job after my temp. assignment is over!


  7. "American Cancer Society review blog"

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    Former Employee - Speaker in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Speaker in Salt Lake City, UT
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was lots of fun to work with amazing people that try to continue forward and make huge changes in the way people view cancer

    Cons

    It is a rough time to be in a non profit. Raises never happened and there was a loss of moral toward the end

  8. "Overall, a great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Team to Work For.

    Cons

    Low Salary. The money is going to a good cause.


  9. "A loving family network of individuals who truly care about what they do!"

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    Former Employee - Community Representative in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Community Representative in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its all about Teamwork, coaching, & genuine care

    Cons

    The champion extreme competition between other reps and locations.


  10. "Hard work but meaningful and thoughtful"

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    Current Employee - Regional Director, Making Strides in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Regional Director, Making Strides in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company allows schedule flexibility and encourages professional development. Highly driven and innovative atmosphere.

    Cons

    Work can be intense - task-wise and emotionally due to the nature of the business. Some days/weeks are very long and stressful but staff are encouraged to find balance and recuperate.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to celebrate successes and assess how we do business so we can continue giving the best support to those in need.


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