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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (8)

    "Entrenched in politics and gossip, with little advancement toward mission. Restructuring rather than working."

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement plan and health insurance.

    Cons

    1) I been here 7 years--but management was/is stingy with pay, title and promotion. Raises never above 2.5% despite exceeding goals. Other staff were given .5% raises? If they do not perform enough to merit a raise, why where they retained? Because the politics of the offices are debilitating. I befriended a manger who would tell me incredibly personal information about other staff. When brought to HR nothing was done.
    2) No chances for advancement unless you come in as a Relay, ID or community rep. But once you're in, your stuck until you go to another. At that time you realize you received no training that is applicable to another organization (no Raisers Edge, no other useful programs that are marketable in the real world.)
    Also, Rather than celebrate 100 year birthday, the Society decided to "transform" (ie restructure and fire staff). The most productive staff knew their jobs (those who had tenure) had to reapply for jobs, and ultimately lost them to new staff or favorites of the incoming EVP. The transformation cost millions in consulting costs, millions in rebuilding since the history of programs and data goes out with the staff. Oddly, the fact this restructuring was not announced publicly despite the scores of staff that were let go with minimal severance. BTW: the gossipy manager and HR staff were awarded title promotions as the restructuring continues.

    Advice to Management

    Realize this is a professional business. Treat it as such. Invest in your staff. Cut the politics and install incentive markers. Afterall, the goal is to find a cure and "create more birthdays", right?


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