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"Was good once, could be a lot better, going downhill rapidly"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

Pros

Quiet, generally laid back, decent benefits, nice people. Great location in Olde City.

Cons

Management varies widely from department to department. Some managers are not very well qualified. Managers are heard to say some things that would get you fired anywhere else. Bad situations are left to go on much too long. Workers are generally dissatisfied. If the market were better, most people would quit. Management thinks we are all fascinated with cancer research, but we're not, we just need a job.

Don't have off on most federal holidays. Sometimes we are the only ones working in the building (or in the city, for that matter). Rarely closes for snow, even when dangerous. Harassed about lateness constantly, even if it's only 5 minutes. No working from home option. No flextime. No hire back policy.

It used to be much nicer but it's getting bigger and crappier every day.

Advice to Management

Ask your workers what they want and need. Respect your workers. Join the 21st century.

Other Employee Reviews for AACR

  1. "Associate Director Web"

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

    I worked at AACR full-time

    Pros

    The mission: Prevent and cure cancer. Working with a great team to help support the cancer researchers around the world.

    Cons

    The organizational structure is top down. When the CEO is unavailable, decisions are not made. Micromanagement from the top slows progress.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate to senior management, trust the great people on the team to do their job.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Believe the Reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great center city location, close to SEPTA and Old City

    Some good-hearted coworkers who try their best, despite the obstacles

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Lack of accountability
    No flexibility in schedule
    Lack of trust throughout the organization
    Low morale

    It might be easy to write off one, two, or three bad reviews of an organization by labeling the authors as “disgruntled employees.” However, when the majority of reviewers says that same thing, they can’t ALL be wrong. And they’re not.

    With a mission of finding a cure for all types of cancer, one would think this would be an awesome place to work. But missions don’t make an organization; the people do. And when the people at the top are allowed to treat employees with little to no respect for their time and talents, it becomes a real struggle to get any idea/initiative/program off the ground, let alone approved by the CEO, who micromanages everything--only to change her mind about things six weeks or months later.

    If you desire a nonprofit career where you can make a real contribution and difference, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. Even the senior directors, who one might think would garner some respect, kowtow to the CEO’s often-baseless whims like bobblehead dolls. And because they are treated poorly, that treatment is passed down to other employees. “Teamwork” between departments is a foreign concept and almost frowned upon, lest another department look better than yours. It’s 5th grade meets the workplace, with a heavy emphasis on 5th grade.

    Meaningful work is out there. It’s just not here.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to lead
    Trust the people you hire to do their jobs; many of them are smart and creative
    Lose the inflated egos
    Allow people a little flexibility; you will get it back in spades

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