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Updated February 10, 2018
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Pros
  • good overall experience to learn about breast cancer and fundraising (in 8 reviews)

  • Awesome work environment, room to grow, and the ability to network with different companies all for a great cause (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is not realistic, especially if you are supervisory or above (in 9 reviews)

  • Every two - three years there is an overhaul which makes it hard to be successful (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Affiliate Grants Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Affiliate Grants Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Affiliate Grants Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Susan G. Komen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great location

    Cons

    No opportunities for career growth and or development


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Susan G. Komen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing professional development in support of the brand. The regular routines of professional development training for executives is a real plus!

    Cons

    Mixed messages about ensuring the community is engaged. There is a need for more effective end to end community impact planning and evaluation.

    Advice to Management

    Consider meaningful community impact methods.

  3. "Supervisor"

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

    Pros

    People who are unpaid interns for Komen should NOT be reviewing Komen as a work place. They are VOLUNTEERS and can pretty much come and go as they please without consequences. It makes me laugh to see how they all write that they have nothing bad to say about the place. Of course they don't. Please refine your system, Glassdoor. These reviews are largely meaningless.

    Cons

    If you do not make yourself constantly available, even at nights and on weekends, or to travel at the drop of a hat, be prepared to be looked at as a non-starter and a person who is not a team player. I knew several people at management level who made a habit of staying late EVERY NIGHT, by two or three hours. But their 'work' consisted of writing and answering personal e-mails, posting selfies on FB, or all sorts of other personal stuff. But they came out looking like heroes to the organization, because they 'worked late' all the time. So aggravating.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't make it all about yourselves. Please identify, focus on, and carry out a specific mission. Are you all about research? Or are you all about fund raising? Stop wasting so much donor money. It's horrifying. All so you can spin your big, pink wheels.


  4. "Prefer not to mention"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Susan G. Komen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission, dedicated employees, volunteers and donors, HR engagement team for healthy lifestyle, great benefits, salary aligned with other same size non-profits,

    Cons

    Executive leadership changes too frequently with lay offs every 18-24 months. Work/life balance is not realistic, especially if you are supervisory or above. No budget for personal or professional development.

    Advice to Management

    Understand each business unit under your management to include staff expertise, challenges, and successes. Ask for their input, LISTEN to facts that affect business changes before making unilateral decisions, form opinion of staff from your personal interactions and quality of work, not from other staff opinions.


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Susan G. Komen full-time

    Pros

    Talented workforce and dedicated staff

    Cons

    High stress, medium to high staff turnover


  6. "Regional mgr"

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    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great cause, dedicated staff, so dergul mission statement

    Cons

    Area I'm in is very clique-ish. Play favorites. All seem to belong to one particular church group. Not open to new ideas no matter what they say. Same people rewarded over and over.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp your entire affiliate training program


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Rather not say"

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

    I worked at Susan G. Komen full-time

    Pros

    What was once the premier in nonprofits made a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer. Lives were saved. People became aware.

    Cons

    HQ lost sight of its original mission and became about raising more funds to stay afloat. Complete HQ disarray, job turnovers, loss of key leaders and exceptionally poor decisions made at the top permanently damaged the entire organization. Forced affiliate mergers and closing of local affiliates has continued the decline. Everyone is scrambling to save themselves, as well as HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the increase in white space. What happens to the thousands of people who no longer have access to services because of your decisions. Stop playing favorites with affiliates and their directors. Remember the mission.

  8. "n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Susan G. Komen part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good overall experience to learn about breast cancer and fundraising

    Cons

    would prefer not to say thanks

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Great mission. Unstructured work environment."

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Susan G. Komen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people who volunteer and genuinely support the mission, and the chance to interact with breast cancer survivors and know that you are helping them.

    Cons

    No structure internally with staff. No training. Everything is last minute. No support. No internal staff meetings at all. No one knows what's going on unless they decide to make you privy. Very clique-y. No employee reviews or feedback. The local affiliate has been doing the Race for so long, they are hesitant or closed off to new ideas or suggestions, but again, no system to keep you informed. You have to create your own system. Leadership is very poor, and there is no local HR to air grievances. There is a high turnover rate for a reason.

    Advice to Management

    Completely restructure management style. Organize and create supportive leadership that provides structured work environment: regular reporting meetings as a staff, training of employees for 2-3 weeks upon hiring to introduce them to local organization's format, events, staff, board members etc. Offer employee evaluation and reviews on regular basis to monitor progress for new employees, and offer constructive feedback to either address areas of concern, or support areas of progress. Be open to new market trends in social media, marketing, and empower staff by supporting attendance to seminars and conferences to help grow Komen.


  10. "Executive Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Susan G. Komen full-time

    Pros

    The mission is true to the hearts of supporters at the local level.

    Cons

    The National level has high turnover, no real leadership or answers for any decisions made from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Need better leadership at the top.


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