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"Great mission-focused organization but gets bogged down in bureaucracy"

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Current Employee - Consultant
Current Employee - Consultant
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Phenomenal mission. You will be proud to work here. ACS does so much more for the fight against cancer than people know. They are the leaders in the cancer fight in terms of research, mission, education, and advocacy. 90% of the staff are wonderfully talented people and the volunteers are fantastic. The benefits are great. Compensation for a non-profit is better than average but not great (except for upper management).

Cons

Old-fashioned work structure, model. Upper leadership needs new life. Very slow to change, innovate. Outdated communication practices, etc hold talent back. The amount of approvals required to get things done is infuriating at times.

Advice to Management

You've done well to recognize that the organization needs to transform, de-limit its mission, and focus. The steps to get there are taking way too long and you need to be more transparent about how decisions are made and be more innovative regarding 'who's on the bus.' The same people who've been leading for over a decade should not be the same people to lead us into the next decade.

Other Employee Reviews for American Cancer Society

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Low pay, lots of hours"

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    Former Employee - Income Development Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Income Development Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission Focused- Great feeling working with cancer survivors and people impacted by the disease
    Working with volunteers

    Cons

    Inexperienced Management
    Low pay
    Overworked-75+hours
    Potential layoffs in the future

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff
    Help the development team (more than a loop around the Relay For Life track once a year is not enough)
    Be flexible with hours (and have it be fair across the office)
    Help with sponsorship opportunities
    Transparency---everything always felt like a secret
    Merge Relay For LIfe events--- staff spend too much time on failing events


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, tries to support employees, but often misses the mark."

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    Current Employee - Community Relationship Manager
    Current Employee - Community Relationship Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to fight cancer on a national level, which makes you feel good. The volunteers you work with are passionate and fun, and are probably the best part of the job.

    Cons

    Depending what office you are in, there can be little room for growth. Salary is on the low side. You are encouraged to be entrepreneurial and reinvent, but are often stymied when you try to. They throw around the word "support" a lot and don't give you what you really need. There is a lot of overlap in duties.

    Advice to Management

    Let your income staff actually be creative and give them the chance to listen to what the community wants. Hire from within if you can. Be smart when you are supporting folks-do successful income staff really need 2 supervisors, or are there some new folks who really could use the help?

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