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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Community Engagement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time

    Pros

    This organization is committed to making great strides in the fight against pancreatic cancer. I'm happy I was instrumental in making a difference in the lives of those directly and indirectly affected.

    Cons

    High performance expectations of its staff and volunteer base which impacted organization's attrition rate.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Science Folks Think Twice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time

    Pros

    Loved all my co-workers
    Young staff
    Fun working environment (at least in the context of talking about cancer all day)
    Opportunity for domestic travel for many
    Day-to-day autonomy
    Feeling like there's a difference to be made

    Cons

    Advancement was a real problem. In a small company, the tradeoff for a smaller salary is generally understood to be opportunities for advancement. Except, that's not what happened in my department. The Director was the same for my time there, and of the two direct avenues for advancement from my position, one also stayed throughout my tenure and the other for 80% of my tenure. Hard to advance when no one leaves, which is something you might expect from a university or large institution where there are lifers waiting it out until retirement or full vesting.

    Did not appreciate the hand-holding and nit-picking. Always felt like managers didn't see the totality of work, and cared more about minor things.

    For a small company, it felt like there were ten layers of bureaucracy above. Needed changes got lost in the shuffle of busy directors, who left day-to-day operations to the managers. Those managers, however, were not empowered to make necessary changes. That vicious cycle led to pointlessly complicated materials being sent to laypeople.

    Finally, the estrogen level got suffocating at times. A lot of women can lead to cattiness.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly consider recruiting men specifically to balance out the female-heavy staff. Limit the travel of directors so they can focus on the staff and/or empower the managers to make decisions on their own.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hopeful and ambitious, low salaries, poor room for growth"

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    Former Employee - Specialist
    Former Employee - Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff is kept well up-to-date with the advancements going on in the field of the disease, the CEO is a great leader and much involved with the engagement of programs and staff; volunteers are passionate and take on loads of responsibility; office space is beautiful

    Cons

    Staff salaries are menial compared to upper management and industry standard; constant restructuring; exceptionally high turnover rate; very top heavy; Some of HR is widely known to be unreliable with explaining information about benefits/policies/employment laws; while office is updated and sleek, common spaces and meeting rooms are often cramped or unavailable due to frequency of meetings and increasing number of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess the salaries of lower staff and seriously consider what you really mean when you tell people you encourage employee growth and promote from within.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "If you have work experience and a degree, avoid this place."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice office. Good for recent college grads.

    Cons

    Everyone is a manager. Lack of good leadership. Majority women, some who are petty...like high school.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is not worthy of the title manager


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ambitious non-profit, uneasy footing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time

    Pros

    Positive environment where people are trying to make the world a better place

    Cons

    Frustrated volunteers, too many restructures, high turnover, hot mess marketing team

    Advice to Management

    There are too many inept managers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Volunteer Chairman"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting new people with similar life experiences

    Cons

    This is volunteer work, so there is no down side really.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Forward-looking, rapidly expanding non-profit"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time

    Pros

    Leader in the non-profit pancreatic cancer awareness and research sector; it's rapid growth provides plenty of opportunity to move laterally and vertically; go out of their way to thank employees for their hard work. Passionate management.

    Cons

    Can easily result in a huge time commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let success go to your head.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great HQ staff and volunteers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is very warm and friendly, and incredibly knowledgable. The organization is continually growing, and has lots of room for advancement in the LA main office. There is a lot of opportunity for collaboration between departments, which means lots of opportunity for personal and professional growth/development.

    Good vacation time (3.5 weeks to start), adequate health insurance. Assuming they meet their annual goals, employees are given bonuses at the end of the fiscal year.

    Cons

    Meetings! There are weekly meetings for absolutely everything - meaning you spend more time discussing what you are going to do rather than just doing it. I am generally in meetings for 2-3 hours each day.

    The DC satellite office has is virtually no room for advancement. Everyone has been there for several years without any promotion. This is markedly different from the main office, where there is constant growth and upward mobility in every department.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work. Rewarding. Being around cancer everyday was not easy."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan Beach, CA

    Pros

    - Employee culture
    - Extracurricular activities offered to employees
    - Fundraising for the cause
    - Working with volunteers
    - Open door policy

    Cons

    - Being around cancer 5 days a week 8+ hours per day
    - Volunteers can be difficult to work with
    - Long hours and limited resources


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A very disappointing experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    This company had the best benefits of any company I've ever worked for. The compensation was fair for the work.

    Cons

    Too many inconsistencies. Extremely catty. I was brought in to the conference room to be reprehended for my attire. One dress was too short (although my supervisor didn't know which one it was because somebody else told her), one skirt was too casual (a shirt worn over a month prior to this conversation). What really got me was there was a life size poster of the organization's president in her high school cheerleader outfit hanging on the wall in that same room!! Talk about inconsistent!

    Advice to Management

    Be more genuine and less "one minute manager." The employees truly care about their work.