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American College of Surgeons Reviews

Updated July 6, 2017
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Pros
  • ACS offers a good work schedule and good benefits as well as a nice amount of holidays (in 10 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance: Most employees can know that they'll leave and be home on time (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Wish there was more opportunity to work from home (in 8 reviews)

  • Typical nonprofit, bloated to the brim with "lifers" who only bother to wake up every once in a while to actively resist change and innovation (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people, the benefits, staff are invested in the mission of the college.

    Cons

    Wish there was more opportunity to work from home.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Not a place for long term growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool parties for staff

    Cons

    There is absolutely no growth especially for minorities.

    American College of Surgeons Response

    Jun 15, 2017 – Senior Manager, Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. As an employee of more than five (5) years, we are disappointed to hear that you do not feel positive about your current work experience and... More

  3. Helpful (3)

    "It's a job"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great benefits package
    - Good location in the downtown Chicago area
    - Decent work/life balance

    Cons

    - Seems a bit outdated
    - Business practices aren't quite what you would expect


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement plan.

    Cons

    Not a good place for leaders or those who are accustomed to making decisions. Staff is more of executive assistants and are not allowed to have opinions unless it is approved by surgeons.
    Very difficult to make progress, old school way of thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your staff and empower them to be leaders, allow them to make decisions and grow the organization.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Does not allow remote work"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and many talented, passionate people work here including volunteers.

    Cons

    No remote work policy. Most societies or associations allow working from home once a week.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees or they will not trust you. Change culture.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "ACS"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Great benefits, many great parties (hard for many outsiders to believe how we are spoiled) and great internal initiatives for employee health and satisfaction.

    Cons

    Working from home is theoretically not allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Have a "CEO for a day" suggestion box (e.g. limit 250 characters per suggestion). And read 2 or 3 of those out loud at all staff meetings, which would let management speak to what IS actually being done around some of the hotter issues. It'd be a Jimmy Fallon-type opportunity for Dr. Hoyt to have a little fun ... around serious business.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Overall good company to work for with good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    ACS offers a good work schedule and good benefits as well as a nice amount of holidays. The work office space is nice location and good environment.

    Cons

    ACS does not always promote within and move people into the next level.

  8. Helpful (18)

    "Dead end for most talented young people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American College of Surgeons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Whilst the number keeps dwindling downward, there are still some very amazing and talented people left in the organization. Somewhat decent benefits and PTO.

    Cons

    The College has fostered a culture of intimidation and bullying that comes as a directive from the executive branch of the organization which undoubtedly creates a hostile environment. The college is NOT a place for talented millennials; it is probably one of the worst. Millennials are seen as threats to older incompetent management, so they are continuously pushed out under the guise of "Not being the right cultural fit".

    The College has lost incredible talent in the last 12-24 months. These same individuals have moved on to work for some of Chicago's best companies. The College is unable to recognize the pattern for what it is and are just doubling down on their unimpressive and ineffectual managerial style.

    Another main reason why talented individuals leave, is that they are not giving the tools they need to become "rock stars" at their jobs. The IT offerings and services at the College are stuck in the 90s. There are no real collaboration tools and management has no way of making good decisions based on competent metrics. This creates an environment where pettiness, cliques and politics replace actual reason and logic for decision making.

    The College is best suited for individuals closer to retirement age that want to coast their last few years punching a clock without much involvement or say. If you are a young professional looking to start or enhance your career, STAY AWAY!! Chicago has plenty of wonderful companies and the job market has significantly improved. If you are a talented young energetic person, remember that you have options and there are plenty of companies that would love to have someone like you (unfortunately the College is not one of them)

    Advice to Management

    Ego check. Realize that just because you are a surgeon does NOT mean you are an expert in management or organizational structure.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Making a difference in a supportive environment"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time

    Pros

    Working at the ACS has provided me with opportunities to improve patient care by working on programs that help hospitals track and improve surgical outcomes. I find the passion and work ethic of my co-workers to be inspiring. Good workers are routinely promoted and it is common for people to work most of their careers here. Aside from the valuable work, it is a positive work environment in which management is focused on employee development and satisfaction. If you commit to the vision and work of the ACS, they will invest in you and your success at the organization. For most positions, salary is competitive with for-profit healthcare organizations, and the benefits are outstanding (great health insurance, pension program, generous time off).

    Cons

    Sometimes low performing employees are allowed to stay with the organization for longer than they should, and this can damage departmental morale and the work being done by various areas. Most surgeon directors and committee leads have other full-time jobs that can make it difficult for them to have ample time for ACS-related work. There is no flex time or work from home opportunities. Office space could be updated.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to break down silos across program areas and divisions, and increase tuition reimbursement so staff can attend more high caliber educational programs.

    American College of Surgeons Response

    Apr 29, 2016 – Director, Division of Integrated Communications

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about working at the College on Glassdoor. We are delighted that you find your work here to be meaningful and your overall experience to be a... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "ACS"

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    Current Employee - Office Services Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Office Services Clerk in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American College of Surgeons full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Insurance is better than most and I like my hours.

    Cons

    There are always drawbacks in any job you may have.


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