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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 22 February, 2015
Updated 22 February, 2015
491 Reviews
3.1
491 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 Intern - Volunteering
    Former Intern - Volunteering

    I worked at American Cancer Society as an intern (less than a 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good cause, bad business

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    • Senior Management
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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 a 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.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great group work setting. Positive environment. Hands on work. Great employees. Active work space

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The American Cancer Society was a nice place to work up until the process of "transformation"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Definitely a worthy cause. Overall great environment. Certainly good benefits. Many good-hearted individuals.

    Cons

    There is the American Cancer Society pre "transformation" and post transformation. While it is a great thing for a company to remove it's inefficiencies, I think the American Cancer Society's transformation process might have removed it's soul. Time will certainly tell. It is not really clear what innovation or community service it's being done, at least at the local level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm afraid you've through the baby with the bath water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding, yet challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Manager, Relay for Life
    Current Employee - Community Manager, Relay for Life

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, decent pay for the area, great benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    High turnover, management is not transparent, long work hours, lots of evenings and weekends, fundraising for a 30 year old event is a struggle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less of a work load for community managers, better compensation for the hours put in

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Relay For Life Specialist

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    Current Employee - Relay Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Relay Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    I've had the chance to meet wonderful people And make a difference (even in a small way) helping cancer patients and their families.

    Cons

    Staff morale is way down. Tranformation is a joke. Require too much 'volunteering' from employees. Pay is very low for Relay staff who are the ones doing the majority of the work at ACS. Strides and Gala staff have 1 or 2 events while Relay staff has 4 and is paid far less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and ask for feedback from staff. Stop hiring outside people when you can train the staff that know your orginization. The turnover rate is extremely high becuase you do not listen. Tranformation is a joke. Community engangement staff are the biggest waste of ACS funds their is. The pay is absolutely pathetic for Relay staff and they are the ones bringing in the majority of the funds. The benefits are average but very expensive for a family...Someone making under $40,0000 (ya that's pathetic and what they pay their worker bees) only actually brings homes less than $500 a week for working 60+ hours and being away from your family at night. Wake up ACS all of your long time dedicated staff are leaving for a reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Relationship Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great training, teamwork, motivated by the "mission"

    Cons

    Constant emphasis on raising money, recruiting volunteers, data entry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide appreciation for those who are working directly with volunteers, doing data entry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Direct Supervisor made job very difficult

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Meeting and establishing relationships with the volunteers

    Cons

    Always on the road, long days/nights

  10.  

    Working for a cause

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    Former Employee - Shared Services Staff in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Shared Services Staff in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    competitive pay, meaningful work, hard working co workers, excellent time off and other benefits

    Cons

    none that I can recall

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Enjoyed working for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer as a Team Recruiter.

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    Former Employee - MSABC Team Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - MSABC Team Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Part-time 30 hours per week, calling local corporations to find that special person to be the team leader (form company team) have them attend kick-off breakfast, raise funds for breast cancer research. Touching to hear stories from survivors and recently diagnosed patients.

    Cons

    Need to have events through-out the year to keep people engaged in raising breast cancer awareness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more communication with the planning committee comprised of volunteers - BIG disconnect !

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