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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. Helpful (7)

    "Community Manager, Relay For Life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Relay for Life Community Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Relay for Life Community Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission of the organization. Working with dedicated volunteers makes up for some of the cons. Truly care about where the donor dollar goes.

    Cons

    The company is currently going through some changes and is consolidating positions, which means more work for fewer people. Work life balance is non existent. Lots of micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, we don't need to turn in our calendars every single week so you can track our every move.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "American Cancer Society"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong fundraising and focus on the mission. Regardless of what various sites may say, the American Cancer Society is committed to having as much money raised as possible going to the mission.

    Cons

    Always reorganizing and don't treat employees fairly during each cycle. Decisions made seem to be focused on favoritism even when the person favored has not shown adequate results.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Not a heathy work environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission and the volunteers. PTO is generous (but you rarely have time to use it all). Flexibility in your work schedule (but also translates into working nights and weekends as the norm).

    Cons

    Continued poor leadership, total lack of support and unrealistic goals. The lack of leadership also causes tension between the field staff and fighting over prospects. Leadership doesn't understand the role of fundraising through volunteers and make decisions that make your job in the field harder.

    No sense of team or working together for the common good. They have run off so many good people in the last three years and the people left are incompetent at their jobs.

    Working at the division level is a VERY unhealthy work environment. Working in the corporate I have heard is better.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your staff roles, support them and have clear goals and how each area works together to support the overall mission.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Good Mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most People are nice and want to do a good job.

    Cons

    They are not good to the employees. They want you to give and don't care about live/work balance. The IT Directors are micromanagers


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Area Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Very strong mission, strong volunteers. Flexible work environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Company has been in "transition" for many years and is still not settled.


  6. "Great mission and coworkers, but struggling with reorganization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    People are usually supportive of coworkers and care about the mission.

    Cons

    Revenue has been declining for years, adding to job stress and job changes.

    Advice to Management

    Volunteers are still important. Rethink how to work with volunteers in meaningful ways.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, lacks training/advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Community Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, could not have asked for better co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor training/on-boarding. There were several major layoffs in my time working there

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide clear job responsibilities and have better uniformity between offices

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, poor ability to retain staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great, heart-warming mission, where you believe in the organization. Interesting work and projects.

    Cons

    Non-profit salary, too much organizational restructuring over the last 5 years has worn on employee morale, with fewer options for career growth over time.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Community Manager"

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

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Too many evenings and weekends, extremely poor management from the division heads down to the middle managers just above field level. Unrealistic financial goals for portfolios. Almost no opportunity to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to field staff and come up with some new ideas to replace or refresh current event models.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great mission, great volunteers, reorganization in-process"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager, ID in Acton, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager, ID in Acton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ACS has an incredible mission, makes a great impact in the fight against cancer, the lower level staff are great and hard working and most of the volunteers are wonderful to work with

    Cons

    The organization has been going through a transformation. Job descriptions have changed and the new guidelines, job descriptions and red tape for relay have made it harder for the community executive role

    Advice to Management

    Allow for a greater work-life balance and learn more about what is needed from the staff in the field


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