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Susan G. Komen for the Cure Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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Pros
  • They have recently changed vision to 'Reduce breast cancer deaths in the US by 50% in the next 10 years' I have no doubt in my mind they will do it (in 9 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)

  • long hours, a lot of cold calling, rejection, typical sales jobs, more volunteer work which means little to no pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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 for the Cure 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


  2. "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 for the Cure 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.

  3. 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 for the Cure 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.


  4. "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 for the Cure 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.


  5. "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 for the Cure full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great location

    Cons

    No opportunities for career growth and or development


  6. "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 for the Cure 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.


  7. "A Promise Renewed"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Susan G. Komen for the Cure full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong MISSION focus. All activities are to be connected (directly or indirectly) to each individual Affiliate's Mission Action Plan... which is based on each Affiliate's most recent Community Profile (an exhaustive, in-depth look at breast health needs, available resources, etc. within each Affiliate's footprint).

    Excellent organizational atmosphere/culture. Pro-active. Solution-oriented. Team-focus.

    Overall, solid reciprocal communication pathways across the network. Though not always immediately, I was never not able to connect with the individual(s) I needed to resolve an issue or talk through a concern.

    Cons

    Lots of network-wide changes currently underway. Necessary changes, but makes for a challenging, often uncertain environment. The organization as a whole will be much better equipped to continue fulfilling it's mission once the dust settles. Made for exciting times. I have no regrets.

    With an organization of this size, public relations challenges are to be expected. Be ready with knowledgeable, respectful responses.

    Limited benefits (i.e. health insurance, etc.) at the Affiliate level (varies greatly from Affiliate to Affiliate).

  8. "Great internship experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I feel like I can contribute as an intern; everyone is so nice and shares the same goals; incredibly mission-driven office environment which I love!

    Cons

    Internships aren't paid --though this is understandable because it is a nonprofit


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Incompetent Leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission; Majority of personalities are not "difficult," easy-going environment. newly renovated office space; HQ offices conveniently located within Dallas; accepts remote employees for some positions.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has led the company in a downward trend for the last six years, with revenues continuing to decline. Marketing officers are in and out, making the company's ability to focus on a long-term plan difficult, and it's been failing to do so for many years. The company recently had layoffs, but they only laid off good employees and no management positions despite management's lack of results. Management is ineffective, as demonstrated by the continually declining revenues and the lack of good morale among many departments. No CEO is currently in place as the board ousted the last CEO after waiting three years with no results. Not only does the company continue to maintain a leadership team that is ineffective, but it's "fat" with leadership -- too many director's and manager's positions who lead merely between 2-5 employees at the most. This is an enormous waste of donor dollars. The company has been dipping into its reserves for the last several years to attempt to stay afloat. The company also offers flex time (which is a good thing), but management's insecurity causes the full flex benefit to be denied to its employees because it’s a benefit offered "according to each department’s discretion," so essentially the company "sells" a particular flex benefit package to new hires yet managers take it away because they are given the ability to do so, which is misleading, and this negatively impacts morale. Bonuses disappeared long ago and show no sign of returning.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your ineffective leaders, not your effective employees. Don't "sell" a benefits package then allow your managers to deny it to employees (you're either a flex organization or you're not -- fully embrace it one way or the other.)


  10. "Event Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Mission driven and good National support.

    Cons

    No HR, no oversight for local CEO, low salary and lots over overtime with no comp time


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