American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
442 Reviews
3.1
442 Reviews
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American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Each day you feel like you are making a difference in the lives of others (in 32 reviews)

  • A few incredibly creative people; salary; benefits; work/life balance (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • We work when the volunteers can help us, so work life balance can be difficult (in 50 reviews)

  • No work life balance and low pay for amount of work/hours required to work (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulfilling but exhausting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Relay for Life in Fresno, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Relay for Life in Fresno, CA (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.
    Office culture.
    Working with dedicated volunteers.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Constantly "on-call".
    Moving to a sales based program.
    Placing too many demands on volunteers.
    Always pushing for more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let successful Relay managers continue to run their events the way the communities want them run. Don't try to make all of them the same. The cookie cutter approach doesn't work. Do not place "sales" quotas on volunteer recruitment or "asks".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development in Kearney, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Community Manager - Development in Kearney, NE (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and great volunteers.

    Cons

    Management is very disconnected from staff and the volunteers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great friendly staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission, good people wanting to help people

    Cons

    over worked, a lot of goals that do not get completed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Administrative Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work environment is exceptional. Everyone is Positive and Team Orientated. Great Customer Services

    Cons

    No Cons. Great place to work 5 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. It works!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Great Place To Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The New York City location is centrally located. The offices are bright, large and airy. I'm only seasonal, but I've found my colleagues to be friendly and open. The managers are easy to talk to and always there if you need them.

    Cons

    I'm seasonal and I have not been there that long, so I really do not have any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing. I've been in the workplace long enough to know when management is doing a good job and when management is doing a bad job. Management at ACS is doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Thirty five year, full time staff person working in Health Initiatives

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    My work began as a mission-focused staff working with hundreds of community volunteers and other health organization partners. The organization was grassroots based and included survivors and families, public health and oncology professionals, public policy volunteers and community collaborators.

    Cons

    The organization had and continues to have numerous organizational transitions in its approach to be relevant in today's cancer world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great mission; long hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life
    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life

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

    Pros

    The American Cancer Society has a great mission; a person can be very proud to work for this organization. There are many opportunities for training and a lot of collaboration between departments.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected for staff, often causing burnout and high turnover. Salaries have not increased in a few years but job roles have gotten more time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary for most needs to be reviewed. ACS has less employees since transformation which means more work for everyone, but salaries have not increased.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great mission, good people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Really great co-workers and friendly front-line supervisors. Centrally located office in Seattle with on site parking, showers and nearby food.

    Cons

    Mid-top managers rarely change and focus on historic successes instead of current realities. Very long hours and little respect is really given to work/life balance/comp time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Positive Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Representative

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission
    Volunteers
    Benefits
    Volunteers
    Volunteers
    Building PTO policy
    Big grand ideas

    Cons

    Culture
    Management
    Communication
    Lack of Expectation
    Micro management of field employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not the best experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Donation Specialist in East Lansing, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Donation Specialist in East Lansing, MI (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hourly wage & training were good

    Cons

    Lack of hours, micromanaging & solicitation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees where donations are actually going

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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