American Cancer Society - A fantastic organization to work for, but they are SLOW | Glassdoor
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"A fantastic organization to work for, but they are SLOW"

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

Pros

Great benefits. Great people. A cause that you can get behind. Supportive environment.

Cons

This is an enormous non-profit. They are extremely risk-averse and careful about everything they so, which means that every decision they make and every request that gets made of them is processed very slowly. Don't expect any quick raises or promotions. Also, people who are horrible at their jobs will stick around for much longer than they should because the organization won't make the decision to let them go.

Advice to Management

Show your employees how much you value them by giving them incentives to do their jobs well.

Other Employee Reviews for American Cancer Society

  1. "Rewarding, great benefits...but don't apply unless you are willing to put in hours!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Income Development Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Income Development Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome PTO (builds every year); Great benefits (especially the annual accrued sick leave; "Family" working environment; Dedicated group of volunteers

    Cons

    Lots of hours (must be able to balance time); "Transformation" (organizational overhaul) has been rough for many people/positions; Unneccessary "middle/upper" management; Lots of travel


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great colleagues, but many incompetent staff kept on/promoted, and top talent left due to poor compensation/lack of opp."

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, a lot of opportunity to use varied skill sets and gain experience

    Cons

    Non-competitive salaries, lack of work-life balance, lack of transparency, lack of strong external and internal public relations, health benefits package is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    In Transformation, there should actually be transparency. Several enterprise-wide communications were nebulous and did not take into account the intelligence of staff to read between the lines. Hire PR staff and create a PR department for internal and external PR, separate from fundraising efforts through MarCom.

    I would also recommend that ACS raise the bar for nonprofit employment: The organization, as well as other nonprofits, should not set pay scales on the basis of an incorrect assumption that staff are there because of passion about the mission. This is an exploitative view of staff; the missions and values of the Society, as well as other nonprofits, should be better clarified and communicated to the public. Staff care about the mission, but they also need to pay their bills and should not suffer because organizations fail to properly explain how money is used.

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