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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated April 28, 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 100 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Many Changes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Community Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super flexible work environment. People have a general great attitude and love what they are doing.

    Cons

    Constant changes. Never really felt secure in my job. There is not really any room to grow either. They eliminated so many positions so there's only one path up and that's only if someone leaves.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked for the American Cancer Society for over three years. Their lifesaving mission is one I am proud to be a part of every day. I have had great experience, both in terms of meeting volunteers who have changed my life, sponsorship outreach, event planning, budgeting and analytics, etc.

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth, and your work-life balance is difficult to manage, specifically if you take a job planning events.


  3. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

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

    Pros

    Volunteered for Relay For Life. Great mission and organization.

    Cons

    None- Great event to volunteer for.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of PTO
    You get to work with wonderful volunteers
    Great Coworkers on the ground level

    Cons

    Long hours
    Oppressive management
    Random Layoffs
    Terrible to their employees...had a coworker laid off via conference call.

    Advice to Management

    With only 10% of dollars going to research...why exactly do we exist? Terrible treatment of employees is seen by the volunteers.


  6. "Event Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocky Hill, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocky Hill, CT

    Pros

    Nice team to work with. Open communication and easy to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Too many meetings per week.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Purposeful Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    sound advancements in cancer treatment through research
    provides information and support through 1-800 number, 24/7, 365

    Cons

    too many executives at the top, EVPs, SVPs, VPs
    very bureaucratic with an undercurrent of politics and agendas
    not diverse, overwhelmingly comprised of white men in senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    better fiduciary control and spend of donor dollars


  8. "Hope Lodge Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hope Lodge Staff Member in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Hope Lodge Staff Member in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small tight knit group of employees. A lot of independent responsibilities, not a lot of micro management. Positive work environment, very separate from the corporate offices. Good benefits for full time employees. There is a direct impact on the lives of the guests,(cancer patients).

    Cons

    Decatur, GA has a lot of traffic and congestion of people, cars, buses, and buildings. Very expensive are to do business in. We are a non profit organization so the Global Headquarters is always watching how donated dollars are spent. Low hourly pay, but a lot of other perks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing toward the goal of 80/20 on how donations are spent. Keep looking for new and creative ways to get the message out. The Hope Lodges around the country are a great tool to show donors how their money/time directly impact cancer patients and their caregivers. Real "boots on the ground" impact.


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

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    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.


  10. "Patient Services Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patient Service Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Patient Service Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great non-profit agency to work for. Excellent benefits and caring co-workers who are passionate about the cause.

    Cons

    There are not any cons I can add. I thoroughly enjoyed working for ACS.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on motivating and working towards the common goal. To find a cure for cancer.


  11. "Clerical Volunteer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Isle of Palms, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Isle of Palms, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    American Cancer Society was a really great organization to volunteer my time. The volunteer program was very organized and I was treated with respect and friendliness by all employees as a volunteer,

    Cons

    There weren't really any cons to this volunteer job.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management.


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