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Cancer Research UK Reviews

Updated September 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "The work/life balance is amazingly good compared with my previous jobs, but my colleagues seem to take it for granted" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Working for a great cause and the people are wonderful" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not many opportunities for career progression" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Not all, but some managers and senior managers within Technology appear to lack the ability to motivate IT staff" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome experience!"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fiercely hardworking employees while maintaining great work-life balance.

    Cons

    I did not experience any.


  2. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Essex, VT
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Essex, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience, changing stock, tidying etc

    Cons

    No pay and long hours which is tiring

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Processor"

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    Former Employee - Processor
    Former Employee - Processor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No pros to speak of

    Cons

    - Everything is run by favoritism and petty politics
    - No one outside of upper management ever wants to be there
    - Management constantly taunts you with being fired or if your a temp of being hired just to make you work harder
    - Gossip, foul language, and petty squabbles run rampant
    - Toxic environment that promotes unhealthy competition
    - Only the top 2 or 3 processors have any opportunity and will not help you in fear of losing there positions and bonuses

    If your still reading this - do yourself a favor and work elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    Treat all your employee with respect and not like excrement on disposable bathroom tissue.


  4. "Great cause, great potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great cause, excellent offices, genuine impact on a world issue, autonomy in this role, work life balance ideal, pay high for sector

    Cons

    Culture, organisation sometimes doesn't live values, beuraucratic, run in silos not much joined up thinking or strategy work


  5. "Charity Shop Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cancer Research UK part-time

    Pros

    Friendly Work Environment
    For a good cause

    Cons

    I did not experience any problems while volunteering there


  6. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cancer Research UK part-time

    Pros

    Had many different roles, good customer interaction exposure. Good experience overall

    Cons

    Very informal management style can lead to inefficiency, sometimes confusion.


  7. "Fantastic place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great people with a fantastic atmosphere and it was all for a good cause

    Cons

    Not much room for career progression

  8. "Competitive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people
    Chance to innovate in your role
    Lots of expert professionals to learn from
    Opportunity to expand experience by moving internally

    Cons

    Some roles quite narrow focus due to size of organisation
    Lots of good people so competitive for career progression


  9. "Great if you are in a group with good managers."

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

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time

    Pros

    Can be good for collaboration. Groups have a lot of independence so this is good if you are working in a group with good management.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for career progression.


  10. "Low payment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good development potential, nice academic environment

    Cons

    Too low salary, strange cross-recovery policy and time-wasting assignment.


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