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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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  1. "Good for short term, not long term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate and hard-working folks towards a worthwhile mission

    Cons

    Chaotic and ever changing direction; lack of consistent vision and execution strategy from department heads.


  2. "Dismissive upper management, no room for growth, revolving door of executives and restructuring"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office is pretty and close to the beach and it felt great going to work hopeful that you were helping people

    Cons

    While working for PanCAN for three years, it became very clear that the vision that the passionate founder had built the organization on was being run into the ground by the explosive growth and corresponding poor planning by the huge population of executives. The organization is incredibly top heavy, with many very high paid individuals consistently being brought in or dropped off.

    Anyone in a cubicle within the PanCAN office knows that they are work horses that don't get paid nearly enough for the amount of hours and emotional energy they put into their jobs.

    The organization prides itself on being transparent and well represented within charity watchdog organizations, but with a CEO making over $450,000 a year (this is public knowledge - as shown through the 990 form posted on their own website) compared to many associate and specialist level staff making under $40,000 a year, how can that be considered fair? The individuals doing the majority of the grunt work are expected to be highly educated and full of experience and yet are being compensated at the level of an entry-level individual with zero experience.

    The emotional toll of working in an organization that fights a disease with a 9% survival rate is not taken seriously. Employees who seek support for their experiences with patients and caregivers are handed a brochure with a phone number on it.

    The bubblegum, sparkle spirit of the CEO has lost its lustre, and can no longer uplift the constantly changing and restructuring staff that are tired of being underpaid and under appreciated .

    Advice to Management

    Take some of the dollars you spend on your over paid executives and invest it into true staff development - not pancake parties. Understand that the individuals who work for you are just as passionate as you are, and continue to be despite the way you treat them. Don't take advantage of them. You're losing the trust of the people who truly have the relationships with your volunteers, learn from what people have been telling you before your audience catches on the the incredible low morale rampant in the company.

  3. "Worst experience of my professional life"

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

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues were incredibly talented and intelligent, and some of them became my good friends, partially due to bonding over an extremely stressful work environment. When everything else wasn't going TOO horribly, some of the staff social events like Halloween were fun.

    Cons

    If I could give negative stars, I would. There is a revolving door of managers. In just over 1 year of working there, I had 5 different supervisors. Across all departments, every week people got fired under mysterious circumstances, there was so-called restructuring of departments every week, HR was extremely slow about responding to very serious complaints, there was no reward for doing good work, there was no upward mobility for some of the most intelligent employees I knew, the uncertainty and job security at times felt like a reign of terror. A previous supervisor of mine at a previous company called this "a case study in organizational dysfunction" when I described this situation to her.

    Advice to Management

    You are going to keep losing very talented people unless you give credit where credit is due, and maintain a sense of organizational stability.


  4. "Rough as all companies go - Not that bad for a non-profit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at PanCAN are great - manager level and below - they are hard-working, ambitious, and just generally very nice.

    The cause is also amazing - knowing you're coming to work every day to try to cure cancer is huge. And Julie definitely can inspire the troops when she wants to.

    Cons

    The senior leadership team is incredibly bloated, overpaid and takes themselves way too seriously. And they don't value their employees or volunteers, who are doing all the work. The turnover rate there is alarming, because no one in leadership cares about "line staff" - so they keep hiring expensive upper level leadership, with big ideas, but they won't spend the small amount of money it would take to hire people to actually do the work. So they're overworking their associate, specialist, and manager level people... who keep leaving. And then they have to re-train new people constantly.

    Also - in the few years that I was there, they went through at least six re-structures (some departmental, some full org-wide. And they don't know their voice, so the branding is always all over the place. Overall, I loved this place when I started but it's been going waaay downhill for the past year or so.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for Julie to pass the torch. She's a great spokesperson, but doesn't know how to lead a company this size. And the more she tries, the more she's alienating her staff.


  5. "If security is what you want, stay away from Pan CAN"

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

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, amazing talent pool, progressive organization. High potential to do great things in this field, make a difference and save lives. Competitive salary for executive level employees, GREAT Salary for C-Suite administrators, cash cow for consultants.

    Cons

    Top heavy organization with overpaid C-suite; high turn over due to CONSTANT changing organization-wide strategies (every 6 mos); when strategies fail the blame is placed on down-line staff, no support/proper training provided to staff to ensure success -- instead, staff is blamed and position eliminated to cover up Executive Team inadequacies.

    There's no room for growth and no protection (job security) if you're not a part of the chosen clique. Positions are ruthlessly "eliminated" without a second thought, there is no loyalty from this Executive Staff.

    Advice to Management

    Julie Fleshman needs a coach and leadership classes. She's only held this position after completing college and lacks the depth and breadth to take the organization to the next level. She is obviously in over her head, building a top heavy organization, making poor hiring choices, breeding an environment of fear and instability. Slow down, reduce the high-paying, low producing C-Suite, let a strategy stay in place long enough to determine its effectiveness, and start treating your staff like human beings deserving of loyalty vs. disposable warm bodies.


  6. "Downward Spiral"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate, dedicated employees and volunteers, business casual environment, nice clean office space, younger workforce.

    Cons

    Too many C-suite and upper management 'leaders', not enough employees to implement constantly changing strategy. Manager level and below employees are treated as disposable warm bodies, rather than as valued individuals. Turnover is incredibly high (near or at 40% in the last year), and positions are often redefined or completely eliminated when a new executive joins (which is fairly regularly), so there is no job security. Upper level management attempts to show appreciation to staff by serving pizza or hosting ice cream socials on occasion, when really it would be so much more impactful to bring on more staff to alleviate the incredible pressure placed on those still employed by the organization. Those that leave are vilified, and upper management creates stories about the staff that do speak up and/or leave that fit their narrative in order to save face, even though the stories they spread are complete falsehoods.

    It is a catty, negative work environment with little to no opportunity for growth or movement - unless you are either one of the preselected few who are provided opportunities not available to the rest of the staff, or are terrible at your job and they decide to manage you up instead of out (which is also often the case).

    The CEO is an avid and beloved spokesperson for the organization, but has never held a job outside of the role of CEO (as staff person #1) directly out of college. This limits her ability to bring depth and experience to the role of CEO for a growing organization that needs a leader with both of those capabilities (and many more).

    Donor dollars are wasted regularly on consultants that yield zero to negative results, non-essential travel for staff, costly leadership training for volunteers who are often (although not always) attending for the free vacation to Southern California vs. a true leadership learning opportunity.

    Volunteers are given complete and utter say in how the organization is run, and how events are handled. In other non-profits, the volunteers (while still absolutely valued and appreciated) understood that their role as volunteer was to provide support to the organization in whatever way was needed or was facilitated to them. In the case of PanCAN, the volunteers run rampant with their demands and their challenges, refusing to do specific work needed, often causing more issues than offering help. Many staff that work with volunteers end up acting as mediators or social workers for adult volunteers that refuse to get along with other volunteers, or with staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the attrition rate, and do something about it. Countless employees have shared their feedback in exit interviews, and HR does nothing about it. Upper management continues to place their own security above the welfare of their employees, and that will also contribute to a ridiculously high turnover - find true leaders that place value in providing security and appreciation for their staff. Rather than wasting donor dollars on the expenses listed above, consider simply bringing more staff in to alleviate the workload and allow a strategic plan to remain in place long enough to identify if it is successful (and, if you're wondering that is usually MUCH longer than 3-6 months, and often, longer than a year).


  7. "Do Not Work Here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Volunteers are the organization's lifeblood. They do so much and really encourage you to do the best and be the best you can be. You get reminded that it isn't about you, it is about the people and caregivers and survivors of pancreatic cancer.

    Cons

    - If you are a black person, you will be told that you are intimidating and you should smile more. Seeing my black colleagues being bullied is nerve-wracking. They always quit or are driven to quit.
    - It is catty and high school
    - It is like the movie Mean Girls. If a cool person doesn't like you, off with your head.
    - Everyone is always on edge because they think they will be thrown off the island.
    - Salary is way below industry standards.
    - There is no room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Less chefs, more line cooks. The organization is too top heavy with too many meetings and unrealistic expectations. There is a lack pf respect for your black female employees. YOU KNOW IT. FIX IT.

  8. "Amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time

    Pros

    The people that work at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are amazing. They are all passionate about curing this deadly disease.

    Cons

    The organization is not good at figuring out what their top priorities are and helping staff understand their role.


  9. "Really enjoyed working here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
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    I worked at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network full-time

    Pros

    dynamic company, growing, exciting work

    Cons

    have to be ok with change


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Community Engagement"

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    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.


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