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Cancer Research UK Reviews

Updated 2 January 2019
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Pros
  • "The work/life balance is amazingly good compared with my previous jobs, but my colleagues seem to take it for granted" (in 19 reviews)

  • "This was a well-supported internship in an amazingly collaborative and welcoming working environment" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not many opportunities for career progression" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Senior management was un-relatable and some difficult to approach" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "AMAZING, FUN, WONDERFUL"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Former Employee - Volunteer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team Friendly and Hard working
    Flexible
    Manager was supportive

    Cons

    No improvements needed !!!


  2. "Excellent, collaborative company that cares about their employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Development opportunities, fundraising events, supportive staff, useful mentoring scheme, modern offices, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Low salary - but high in comparison to other charities, poor career progression opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    -

  3. "Good for volunteering"

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    Former Employee - Shop Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Shop Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at Cancer Research UK part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -friendly work environment
    -management let's you decide about which tasks you'd like to take on

    Cons

    -some team members might not pull their weight


  4. "Great place to work and colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic culture, employee engagement and management. A fun yet professional environment and lovely offices

    Cons

    I personally didn't find a role to progress into so left for another charity


  5. "Good environment, friendly"

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    Former Employee - Temporary Administrator in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Temporary Administrator in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office environment, friendly co-workers, overall good place to work at

    Cons

    Not sure about potential for future development, may be quite stagnant


  6. "Very disorganised"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The feel good factor of working for a charity over a regular chain store helps, working with volunteers (as opposed to regular paid employees) is refreshing and insightful

    Cons

    A few months down the line you realise its at your own expense, more responsibilities and stress, no support from head office who constantly cut staff and pressure you to take up more than you can handle. Employee benefits are not accesible, nobody at HR knows how to utilise them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring management who have no experience in this specific industry! Area managers who've never worked shop floor! You need the insight to effectively and supportively direct your staff!


  7. "good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work life balance, interesting people

    Cons

    poor opportunities for career development

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Technology - disappointing experience"

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    Former Employee - Technology in London, England
    Former Employee - Technology in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good - very flexible.

    Cons

    Working at CRUK was confusing and mentally tiring for so many reasons:

    - So much evidence of politics within the Tech department and often petty comments/actions made by some staff rather than just getting on with your job.

    - Favouritism is a problem where by favourites were promoted. Internal roles (i.e. for promotions) were not always advertised. Cliques formed as if in a high school.

    - There was always so much mention of equality and diversity yet mainly white women were in senior positions. Senior management was un-relatable and some difficult to approach.

    - Everything was slow paced. It took months to get through various stages of a project and in some cases processes seemed made up on the spot.

    - Job role was not standard or as advertised - it was lots of little roles mushed into one which was mentally draining.

    - Some managers were approachable with an open door policy but comments and concerns were not taken seriously until they were repeated so many times.

    Overall,I thought working for a charity would be meaningful but left feeling drained and frustrated that I couldn't just get on with my job. I wanted to try and push through but I couldn't foresee any changes and decided to pursue other opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the real reasons why people are leaving and make changes. I was approached by different people, assuming different reasons why I was leaving which were not a true representation of my reasons for leaving which I was open and honest about with various managers.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "PMO Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic place to work and able to train and learn in different teams

    Cons

    Too much collaboration and lack of decision making


  10. "Pay is not great and work is ever increasing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time

    Pros

    You can help make a difference

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive at all. Management does not look out for your interests in an academic environment

    Advice to Management

    Think about your staff