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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated September 22, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, too much uncertainty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent mission, and if you work in that part of the org it's very meaningful. Great pay for a nonprofit and fantastic benefits. Coworkers are generally cool. You learn a lot and work with some smart people.

    Cons

    More than 8 years of change with very little recognition or support for established employees. Low morale after so much change.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, more career opportunities, more adherence to mission and organizational values. can't let marketing run amok.


  2. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You help people and fight Cancer

    Cons

    transformation of the organization - a lot of turnover in staff

    Advice to Management

    Be innovative in how we raise money for the organization

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Imploding!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Morgantown, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is at the heart of why many people work for the ACS. Cancer touches us all.

    Cons

    CEO is out of touch. Strategic planning is lacking in the organization. Valuable talent continues to leave and revenue continues to drop. The glory days of Relay For Life are over. Expect more layoffs and benefit cuts. Ask for the financials before you decide to work here. Diversity is a placeholder, it doesn't exist here.

    Advice to Management

    Board should rethink Gary Reedy as CEO.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits, not much room for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager, Mission Delivery
    Current Employee - Program Manager, Mission Delivery
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great here. My co-workers and manager are amazing! Fulfilling work, you know every dollar brought in is helping patients in need or going to research.

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion or pay increases. Continually are doing transformations and gaining and losing positions. Most recently with the transformation, management is very focused on managers being placed in certain markets or cities, which limits opportunity for growth. Hardly any training when starting here.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible in locations managers can be placed, currently there is hardly any room for growth. Promote from within, don't hire externally for management positions when you have great internal candidates.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "High hours; low pay"

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

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    good cause, good benefits, large nationally recognized organization

    Cons

    crazy hours, low morale, constant change and employee turnover, low pay


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Work From Home more than once a week, Paid Time Off, Functions to raise money to help fight cancer.

    Cons

    Management, No Advancement, Pay, Lack of Advancement, Lack of Training

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees....the constant layoffs, restructuring, etc is really killing morale


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Weak leadership"

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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

    Mission-driven coworkers. Flexibility to work remotely when needed.

    Cons

    ACS has been reorganizing or "transforming" for years now. While layoffs continue for those in mission-critical and IT areas, hiring of top level positions seems to increase (especially for marketing).
    Good people are leaving for other opportunities that are more fulfilling and/or secure.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on supporting delivery of mission programs and services and less on spending $$$ on marketing/developing apps to make it easier for people to donate $.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unfortunate mess, very sad indeed"

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    Current Employee - Development in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Development in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefits good but not worth bad environment

    Cons

    Inexperienced and unworthy people are promoted while others with more experience and ability are overlooked. Upper corporate management is out of touch with field employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start over! Rebuild organization. Hire employees with experience, integrity and passion. Get rid of dead weight and unscrupulous management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "community development manager"

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    Current Employee - Community Manager - Development in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Community Manager - Development in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    helping people is positive
    good mission
    meaningful work
    meet a lot of people

    Cons

    so many hours!
    Not enough pay to compensate
    tons of change, all the time


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Do you homework before you accept a position"

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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

    Great co-workers who are trying to make a difference

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and strategic direction, low morale, high turnover, no work-life balance, constant restructuring and layoffs, no loyalty to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at employee morale and do something about it! The recent announcement about the new severance package makes it clear that leadership does not value employees. (The organization just announced that severance packages for employees below the "VP level" will only get 1 week of severance for every year of service. VP's and above get 2 weeks per year).


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