American Cancer Society

  www.cancer.org
  www.cancer.org

American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 15 December, 2014
Updated 15 December, 2014
466 Reviews
3.2
466 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
John R. Seffrin
250 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Good cause, bad business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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  

    Overall loved the experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Events Coordinator in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Special Events Coordinator in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    compensation, perks, working with a positive team

    Cons

    inefficient, lack of structure, training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Electoral organizer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electoral Organizer in Framingham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Electoral Organizer in Framingham, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, flexibility and independence to complete tasks at own pace

    Cons

    Not much room for lower level staff to influence management, large institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support current staff with trainings and in house promotions, there wasn't enough room for growth within the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    cause, people, culture, work/life balance, flexibility

    Cons

    Some confusion during light restructure though. Not enough growth opportunity. Non-profit level salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people are your best asset. take care of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    It's been delightful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Patient Resource Specialist in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    You work with great people

    Cons

    Caseload can keep you busy if you don't keep up, they have a weird "sick time" policy where you can't have "unscheduled absences" more than twice in a "rolling quarter", Full-Time is actually only 37.5 hrs a wk so you get paid less

  8.  

    Nice team

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

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Really nice team
    Environment. Exciting fun work

    Cons

    Low pay. Some young people promoted too fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the job training for certain jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    ACS Amazing :)

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    There is always a friendly atmosphere among coworkers who want to work together to end the fight! Of course it is a great cause and they find creative ways to reach their missions and goals. Great management that regulates but does not control!

    Cons

    I only worked as an intern so I really did not have many cons. I know some of the workers had some difficulty with long hours during Relay season--but if you love what you're doing than the hours do not matter as much and they all did!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hands-off management over the specialists in community events and Relay is key. They know how many hours they need to be in the office vs. out with volunteers and sponsors--do not harshly control them for the best results!

  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Alarmingly Unstable

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Friendly work force.

    Cons

    Top-heavy and bureaucratic. The organization is trying to raise money through saving money and it's failing miserably. They have cut too many staff positions and streamlined processes until the point of ineffectiveness . No one can get their job done and staff are leaving (or want to leave) in droves. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is ample evidence that your so-called "vision" is not working as you expected. Admit you were wrong and start the process of rebuilding the organization before it's totally ruined. Don't just fire the people that disagree with you or tell you that your over-simplified ideas aren't viable. Consultants aren't always right about things. This is proof positive of that. If you believe your legacy will be that you transformed the ACS, you are very wrong. Instead, you will be remembered as the one who ran it into the ground. Sooner or later, this will all catch up with you. It's such a shame. A sad, sad, state of affairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfying and Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Good mission, however I'm not sure that mission is being met. Great funding in the past 100 years that has led to great advances in cancer research over the past 100 years that have really changed how the disease is managed, however I don't think there are current strides to make progressive changes. Good to normal benefits, but poor pay as expected with a non-profit.

    Cons

    Poor office culture at least in my regional office, no enthusiasm in employees or management. It takes so long to make any progressive changes to the point that innovation is basically discouraged. Policies implemented in the 80s are still current, little to no technology. Disconnected from the needs of the current healthcare system. I was very surprised that my coworkers have no knowledge of the Affordable Care Act or other current issues in healthcare. Closed door policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage innovation and change. It's the only way to affect healthcare and cancer treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

American Cancer Society Photos

Work at American Cancer Society? Share Your Experiences

American Cancer Society

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.