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"Big non-profit with lots of internal barriers to progress."

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Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The size and reach of the American Cancer Society is it's greatest asset. It has a grass roots army of dedicated volunteers who are uber passionate about the mission and believe in the organization and community managers who can drive that mission. Compensation at the National level is good but at the divisional level not as good.

Cons

It is an organization that is hindered by internal politics and jockeying for power. It over uses consultancy resources and spend too much on those resources rather than leveraging the intelligence of their own employees with years of experience. Though it claims to be customer centric its antiquated CRM system is a hindrance to improving it's relationship with customers.

Advice to Management

Value your employees. There are so many at ACS that have years of experience that is being lost in the drive toward transformative change. Strive to create a culture of inclusiveness instead of driving for constant growing revenue and ignoring the needs of our customers to feel part of the worldwide movement to end Cancer.

Other Employee Reviews for American Cancer Society

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great cause, must check where your money goes!"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - N/A in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding cause/mission to find the cure!

    Cons

    Too much red tape no empowerment or trust for its staff to maximize opportunities and enhance revenue. Must look at helping people financially with their cancer illness burden.

    Advice to Management

    Must learn to value it's employees and look at what is done with the money raised. Review charity navigator and guidestar. What are the top employers do the reduce turnover and improve retention? Mnagement must start listen from the ottom up and make adjustments.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Bureaucracy slows this organization from effectiveness and accomplishing meaningful progress."

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    Former Employee - National Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - National Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brand recognition, donors support this organization simply for it's name.

    Cons

    The organization gets in the way of itself, making progress nearly impossible. Bureaucracy at it's finest, with so many policies, procedures and rules in place that one can not do their job and donor dollars are wasted. Corporate Center departments have an exaggerated view of their value and frequently give responses to flex their muscle while having a negative impact on fundraising.

    Advice to Management

    Downsize Corporate Center departments, break down the bureaucracy that slows down efficacy. Focus on building a company culture that unites your workforce.

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