I have been working at Canadian Cancer Society full-time (More than a year)
My team is truly talented and is made up of smart, dedicated and engaged people. Colleagues are passionate about supporting the charitable mission. The company has a new culture for embracing new ideas and better, smarter ways of doing business. If you are a hard worker focused on achieving measurable results, there is a lot of opportunity here for you to make a real difference. If you are seeking a challenge, this is a good environment for you.
There has been recent restructuring, and although some good staff were lost, it also means that the low performers are gone & the ones who were stubborn about doing things 'the way we always have'. The staff that remain are the strongest.
The organization has been doing business the same way for decades. Big changes are underway to analyze what's working and what's not, and to bring innovation and modern ways of running the business. I'm slowly starting to see things change course in a very promising direction. While change is hard, staff need to be patient. Change takes time and results won't be delivered overnight. That being said, staff are nervous about whether they will be restructured out of a job (especially if their team hasn't already been restructured yet).
Advice to Management
Be transparent with staff about the direction of changes, top priorities, and how each staff member should be measuring their success. Employees need to be reassured that all of these changes aren't for nothing, that it is making the organization more competitive and profitable. Empower employees with information about what they should be focusing their time on so that they feel part of the change, instead of being scared of changes being forced on them with no context or explanation. Open dialogue and transparency is key.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Canadian Cancer Society (Victoria, BC) in March-2017.
1. Applied online via "indeed" job search, 2. About three weeks later, I received a phone call and had a 15 minute on-the-spot phone interview. I was asked about 5 basic questions related to previous work experience and why I wanted to work for the CCS. I was then offered an in-person interview, 3. About a week later, I had a one-on-one in-person interview with a very friendly manager. Interview lasted about 25-30 minutes, 5. About a week after the in-person interview, I was called by a friendly woman from HR and was offered the job!