American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 21 November, 2014
Updated 21 November, 2014
453 Reviews
3.2
453 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 53 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.  

    Good cause, bad business

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    • 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.  

    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!

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  5.  

    most fulfilling

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    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great mission and vision, helping cancer patients.

    Cons

    the pay could be a little better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Rewarding, and great stepping stone

    Cons

    Just do your job, and you will do great

  7.  

    Supportive Working Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cancer Information Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Cancer Information Specialist in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    ACS is a well respected non-profit organization that treats its employees well. I work at the National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) in Austin, TX. There is constant opportunities to better one's knowledge and skill set. Supervisors and management are very supportive. Great benefits, PTO, VTO, paid holidays, health insurance, etc.

    Cons

    The job is high demanding, but this should be obvious. Cancer is ever prevalent in our community as is patient needs making call volume high. Plus, NCIC is open 24/7/365.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A good work/life balance (except for the days of the events, which is normal) great pay for a temp non profit job, friendly colleagues and an easy going atmosphere.

    Cons

    It is a little stressful because of the season and the work involved, but it's par for the course.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the managers communicate effectively and completely with the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distinguished Events Specialist in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Distinguished Events Specialist in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Good training and patient managers

    Cons

    Short staffed in regards to administrative staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great coworkers and very dedicated, passionate volunteers!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits and strong values that encourage a healthy work / life balance. Good office environment. For those that are passionate about reducing the burden of cancer, the ACS mission will enable you to fulfill that passion.

    Cons

    Constant change within the organization often leaves employees feeling under appreciated and insecure. As with any company, the "rules" are bent for some staff and not for others, so promotion is often about who you know and not how well you've performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer career growth opportunities and develop a clear path for promotion. Review the salary structure, particularly for community-based staff, because it is woefully inadequate to entice highly qualified professionals to stay for more than a few years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company!

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    ACS offers a really good work environment and supports a great mission. It's nice that there are jobs available all over the country. The medical benefits I had were GREAT and they offered several options. ACS offers really good hours which gives you the ability to have true work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay (in a non-profit it's kind of expected!), limited room for growth depending on your desired areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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