American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
479 Reviews
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American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • ACS offers really good hours which gives you the ability to have true work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

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


Cons
  • We work when the volunteers can help us, so work life balance can be difficult (in 54 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  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at American Cancer Society as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and always helpful. Every event was a success.

    Cons

    Was not a paid internship. Sometimes they just gave me busy work because there wasn't enough to do. Made many cold calls which helped my customer service skills but it made the day seem to last forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to hire multiple interns, make sure there is enough to be done. You guys really only needed one intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, kind people working towards making a difference.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    office culture, leadership, smart and hardworking persons

    Cons

    low budget to hire on interns full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Patient Navigator
    Current Employee - Patient Navigator

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Time off. Flexible schedules. Independent. Proud of the work you do. Making a difference

    Cons

    there has been been changes over the last year and many layoffs. This has created a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about whether we will have a job in 6 months

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Awesome place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    I enjoyed meeting new clients and getting them ready for the upcoming fundraising events.

    Cons

    I wish it was a year round campaign as it would allow more companies to get involved earlier to fundraise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Has potential to be a great employer but many things need changed.

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    Current Employee - Income Development Representative in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Income Development Representative in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Time off is the best I have ever had. You are not micromanaged, and you set your own schedule based on volunteers needs and it is flexible. Working with passionate volunteers is the best part of the job.

    Cons

    Now the bad....Training is the worst that I have experienced, and I used to be a trainer for other companies so I know what it should look like. There are way too many 'Seniors, Directors, Chiefs' but not enough people actually in the field supporting the mission. The organization is extremely large, but the most disorganized. Training and resources never come out before the change, plans are rarely implemented, and deadlines are thrown on you last minute. The pay is extremely low for the things that field staff do on a daily basis especially when you see other staff partners salaries. And they use so many different systems that are outdated and inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ASK for feedback from your field staff partners. Send out an employee satisfaction survey a few times a year and LISTEN to what is being told. The turnover rate is extremely high and it's for a reason. The pay is pathetic for Relay staff and yet they are the ones bringing in the most funds. They work the crazy hours, become the only ACS staff in the majority of the communities, and deal with so many other things outside of their job description, and so much more, the pay should be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Tough hours, good work, little work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission is incredibly important, and there are so many rewarding moments. Meet many people in the community, build many relationships.

    Cons

    Long hours, little work life balance, a lot of favoritism that limits the ability to move up and progress professionally unless you have the right "friends up top".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider skills and abilities when working with employees, not just who has the right connections. Trust employees and understand that they have lives that need tending, and in order to produce the best work sometimes you must give priority to your employee's personal lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very large company, but they do make an effort to tie everyone into the mission

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Large company
    Flexible schedules
    Lots of cross-departmental collaborating
    Some room for advancement
    Good time off package

    Cons

    Hard to stand out
    Executive team on an island
    Most of executive team members are "packaged together"
    Easy to get stuck in the same position for a very long time
    Each change in management usually means widespread layoffs/re-orgs

    No opinion of CEO
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    Resource Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great co-workers and fulfilling job

    Cons

    Poor leadership and low compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wrong Direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    The benefits with this organization are top notch. But, if the salary isn't there and you can't feel comfortable where you work, what good does that do you?

    Cons

    In the past, the focus of the American Cancer Society was the care and support of the cancer patients and their families. That does not seem to be the case anymore. This once highly respected organization has lost a lot over the last year and I am not talking about a financial loss.

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