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"Fighting cancer one day at a time."

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Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
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Pros

You truly feel that the work you do has a direct impact on the organization and the general public who benefit from those services. There is a lot of autonomy within the position and you have the ability to express your ideas and carry them to fruition (so long as they don't exhaust too many resources). The staff at the American Cancer Society are so passionate about what they do and it's that passion that drives projects forward at such a fast pace and make all of the lifesaving research, education, advocacy, and patient services that the organization delivers so valuable.

Cons

Low salary. Very few resources within the organization. Often times you feel like they want you to accomplish everything under the sun, but won't give you the funds to make it happen. The organization's headquarters is so large, trying to do so much, with so many projects that it sometimes drops the ball when transitioning local projects to a national level. There seems to be a lot of push and pull between divisions and the headquarters. Divisions want to work within their own merits and the national headquarters all wants to create similar processes and structure for division which doesn't always work given the differences in demos and divisional cultures.

Advice to Management

Donors want to know where their money is going and ACS has a great track reccord for success. Demonstrate those results at all times, continue to be transparent as an organization and it will serve you well.

Other Employee Reviews for American Cancer Society

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Want to be frustrated, stressed, underpaid and unappreciated, work at the American Cancer Society."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You're working at a place that strives to help all those affected by cancer - not only the patient, but the family members and friends. There are some services that we do provide that are helpful. Pay is better than many non-profits. We do get many paid holidays.

    Cons

    Your workload is ever increasing and you're getting paid half what you would receive in the for-profit industries. Your job description and responsibilities change daily. Even though they say they support work/life balance, they really don't. The turnover is high. They support the incompetent and do not support the competent. Instead the competent are expected to cover or do the work for the incompetent. Communication between all levels and departments is inconsistent. Too many meetings and not enough time to do your job, yet your are expected to complete all your job duties/responsibilities. They think micro-managing will generate more income, but all it does is create more stress.

    Too many times the corporate offices advertise that ACS provides this or that service when in actuality, we provide a very limited number of services depending on your market.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the clouds and get a real sense of what it is to work with the community, in the field. The goals you set are unrealistic especially when you look at the the constituents and make up of the local community and the workload you pile on us.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Some downsides..."

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

    A great cause and many of the staff are very dedicated to it.
    The volunteers who are involved are amazing.

    Cons

    Many views are not listened to. If you are hired as an expert, you aren't allowed to truly be heard in that area.
    There is a lot of money that goes into fundraising efforts as opposed to programming.
    Some management do not do a good job with their employees.
    Jobs assigned often do not synch with experience levels.

    Advice to Management

    Work to recognize those with great skill sets and drive.
    Listen to the volunteers more.
    Work better with other outside health groups.

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