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Canadian Cancer Society Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good attempts at work/life balance initiatives (in 10 reviews)

  • Great mission and great people work here (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management doesn't know what they are doing (in 10 reviews)

  • Really gave me a sense of the type of office I want to work in (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "meaningful work minus compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    meaningful work
    work life balance
    great people

    Cons

    less opportunities for progress
    terrible salary


  2. "Bad pay, lots of process, some good people"

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    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Fundraising Coordinator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good cause, summer hours, good people

    Cons

    bad pay (inconsistent), strict and corporate environment, politics, bad benefits

    Advice to Management

    pay valued employees more

  3. "Lost Touch"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Competitive salaries for the non-profit sector
    - Reasonable vacation policy
    - If your goal is to support cancer research then they do this part well but little else now

    Cons

    - Horrible work culture has developed – lots of blame, un-supportive, secretive, lack of respect by senior management for their employees
    - Lots of ongoing layoffs
    - Lots of pressure on staff to contribute financially and to use personal networks to fill fundraising events.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust all your staff.


  4. "Under new management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fair salary for non profit organization.

    Cons

    New CEO lots of changes at organization. Presently high turn over. Less flexibility than before.


  5. "Entire Organization needs radical change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission and great people work here. Most days you will feel like you are making a difference in the fight against cancer. Depending on your team you will have fun.

    Cons

    Where to start.

    Senior Management doesn't know what they are doing. Staff learned about layoffs from a Globe and Mail article not from internal communications. They are very secretive and treat employees like drones.

    The pay is terrible even for non profit. I got offered a lateral position at another organization and would be paid 15% more than my current salary. So pay is not in line with industry standard.

    You won't get a raise even if you crush targets. People haven't received raises for 4 years!!! My team achieved 140% of our targets and we were told we wouldn't be getting raises because other teams didn't reach their targets. Essentially why work here if your hard work isn't going to be rewarded.

    The technology here is terrible and never works it makes doing your job 10x harder.

    There are no opportunities to advance. There are dinosaurs who are in key positions who will likely never leave so as a result you have no chance of moving up. One employee became a manager after 8 years of service that is a BAD sign!

    Old programs. Certain programs need to be taken out to pasture like Relay for Life. They have been loosing money year after year and yet the organization keeps investing time and money in it. Everyone is afraid of change so new ideas don't come to the forefront and this is really hurting the organization as a whole.

    All in All DON'T WORK HERE!!! Unless you enjoy hating every single day you come into work.

    Advice to Management

    You all should be terminated and new blood needs to come in and fix the organization. Policies and procedures aren't the reason why you are loosing money year after year. You are the problem. Everyone from CEO to Directors should be terminated and new blood should be brought in. Sorry for the harsh words but that is the only thing that will wright this sinking ship.


  6. "Employee Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Collaborative and innovative colleagues, managers and senior staff.
    2. Lived the Mission
    3. Fostered career movements across the organization
    4. Accommodated and encouraged post secondary studies

    Cons

    Any concerns I had, which were few, were promptly addressed and accommodated, no issues during my tenure!

    Advice to Management

    Wishing them the very best with the recent merger with CBCF.


  7. "sinking ship"

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

    Pros

    Good mission and values but not sticking to them right now

    Cons

    With the merger it has become a reactive mess with no plans - day to day is a panic about money

    Advice to Management

    Learn the meaning of the words transparency, communication, and strategic planning! Consult with those who work in the field- they are the priority. We need less management

  8. "Fundraising Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great sense of teamwork, working towards common goal.

    Cons

    High turnover. Senior management not always in touch with community office needs and challenges.


  9. "Pays the bills! Great cause!"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large national organization. Good cause! Specialized departments for each function so very professional in that way! Great IT, HR and communication team. My manager is great!

    Cons

    Management went under frequent changes and loss of direction or vision! Most managers here because of years of experience and do not have required qualifications. So work performed in an old school manner. Do not employ modern management techniques! Poor project planning!!

    Advice to Management

    All managers should have university degrees and PMP certified.


  10. "Customer Service Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Cancer Society part-time

    Pros

    Very emotionally-rewarding company to work for. It is humbling to work with such strong individuals whose lives have been affected by cancer. Kind and friendly management.

    Cons

    Shift work. As a casual position, you may be asked to work strange hours of the day (i.e. 11pm-7am)


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