American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 24 January, 2015
Updated 24 January, 2015
479 Reviews
3.2
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  

    I've been volunteering in ACS and they were so nice

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    Former Employee - Volunteering
    Former Employee - Volunteering

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

    Pros

    it is a good place to start or stay I believe

    Cons

    Since I've been volunteering there I can not really judge them base on payment or compensation but the company seems really liable and reasonable to start with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good cause, bad business

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    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life
    Current Employee - Specialist, Relay for Life

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

    Pros

    Great cause, lots of PTO, the volunteers are amazing, good benefits package.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of Relay for Life Specialists. Lots of nights and weekends with little to no compensation relative to work.

    Management is incompetent, ineffective, and consistently maintains "we've always done it this way" mentality. It's not uncommon to see subordinates who are more educated than their Senior Manager (ie. managers with no degree after high school, no management experience whatsoever).

    Numerous useless meetings and "team building" events cutting into one's time to complete job effectively.

    Almost no upward mobility or chance of promotion. If "promoted" there's often little or no pay raise. Good employees are overlooked for outside talent, leading to HIGH turnover.

    Consistent lack of professionalism in the work place by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever you do DO NOT work here. You will regret it and quit, as have half the people in my office since I started within the last 6 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Mixed experience-great environment, mission, but not as much of a work-life balance as there needs to be.

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    Current Employee - Field Staff in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Field Staff in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and people really believe in the mission. Benefits are not bad. Great vacation time off right from the start and grows quickly.

    Cons

    High level management is really out of touch with the rank and file. No work life balance in many positions. Pay is not good for the hours worked. Not nearly enough recognition by managers of the good work staff are doing. Whatever you are doing, it is not good enough, and you need to be doing more. But, more still isn't enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more connected to the rank and file employees. Encourage a work-life balance and allow and promote flexible working options.

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

    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
  11.  

    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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