Canadian Cancer Society Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2022

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3.5
65%
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Andrea Seale
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance and benefits(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people, supportive leaders, awesome volunteers(in 15 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "lacking diversity in upper management over 80% white(in 7 reviews)

  • "non-profit so no salary increases(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

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      Jun 7, 2022 - Senior Manager 
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      Pros

      remote, vacation, culture, meaningful work

      Cons

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      overall favourable

      Jun 13, 2022 - Community Coordinator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      excellent staff, exciting work in the community

      Cons

      unfortunately, had to close many regional office due to Covid.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Deep Heart

      Jun 9, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The organization has a deep heart.

      Cons

      Leadership cares, but given it's size is hard to move process or items quickly.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Cause, Disappointing Leadership

      Jun 27, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyone there cares about the cause & wants the organization to succeed to help cancer patients and their families. Managers are approachable and they work hard to make employees feel connected whether in the same location or otherwise. Benefits are nice (health savings account, personal savings account, health insurance coverage). Moving to a work-from-home model is good for a COVID world.

      Cons

      Anyone who is above manager level seems to be disconnected from their teams and there is very little opportunity to give feedback (and if asked for feedback, you may be reprimanded for giving it). There are town halls, but they are not very interactive and harder questions tend to be ignored. Further, there are almost no expense funds. It is a non-profit, but there needs to be funds for supplies and proper salaries for all staff. No one goes into non-profit to be paid a lot, but other similar organizations have MUCH better pay/benefits for the same or less work. Since every department seems to be stretched thin/burned out, getting work done or support from other departments is near impossible. They are too busy and instead of offering more competitive pay and more rest, Upper management just lets people go and don't put a lot of effort into find more employees so the cycle continues with people getting even more work with less pay and rest. If you are someone who doesn't need the job for money and wants to be constantly working with little feedback but a good manager and other staff on your level, this is a great job. However, I feel like the people who would be OK with that are few and far between.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good/okay but not great

      May 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      • A nice introduction to corporate life • Not an overbearing or high-stress job (depending on your role) • Understanding of other life commitments: staff understand if you need to step away so I didn't feel glued to the computer • Benefits are alright - not awful but could be better • "Me days" (random paid days off) • Little quirks like throwing money towards your office set-up • Frankly, having this on your resume looks good - nice branding

      Cons

      • Your salary is very likely well-below market rate • Advancement is near impossible: it is very, very slow. Not uncommon to see people in the same role for 5+ years. Stagnant. • Open management positions overwhelmingly go to new hires - I saw one person get promoted in my time there • In your first year, your performance will be graded "in development" (the second lowest grade) regardless of performance. This is so you don't qualify for a raise • Raises are small (1-5%) and competitive within your team (if even offered) • Teams within the company are siloed, but worse than that, they do not like to work with each other. Managers protect their "resources" (staff), which is good at a surface level, but difficult when you need to work with another team (often) • A number of staff have secret side-jobs or do freelancing to make up for the poor pay, but that is really troublesome when you need support • Talent (or the people who actually do the work) leave for better jobs, which is so disappointing, but leaves teams short-staffed and overworked • Felt disposable and undervalued like a cog in a machine. It's a big company and you feel like its the Amazon hiring model of, "we'll find someone else" • Company spirit is super pathetic - our christmas gift was a tote bag • You need to get things in writing (email only) otherwise what you agreed to can be openly questioned, which is really strange and kind-of toxic • HR is non-existent (but short-staffed so see above) • So many pointless meetings. You will have meetings about future meetings, and meetings about management patting themselves on the back for the work of their underlings • Managers talk in meetings - you smile and nod • Kind-of a weird dichotomy where you need to talk like you are an architect with your role goals, but in actuality, you are the construction worker: you dont really give input ever, you just do the work • A bit of an erosion of values over time in the pursuit of money, like asking people who donated on behalf of a deceased loved one to do it again

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Poor communication disorganized.

      Jun 11, 2022 - Sales Co-ordinator- Female 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Money raised is for a good cause

      Cons

      Terrible communication. Management. Had to take to labour board for final pay. “ clerical error”. Terribly mismanaged. They just shake it up to keep management unaccountable

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good experience overall

      Apr 21, 2022 - Annual Giving Assistant in Vancouver, BC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - good benefits - friendly, caring staff - rewarding work

      Cons

      - budget restrictions - long hours

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Don't work for this organization

      Apr 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - trying to make an impact in those living with cancer

      Cons

      - no appreciation for hard work - undervalues employees - leadership lining their pockets is their top priority

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pretty good

      Feb 10, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible work hours. Good cause

      Cons

      Not many opportunities for promotion

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great

      Jan 6, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company to work for

      Cons

      Lots of competing priorities in progress

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    Canadian Cancer Society has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 222 reviews left anonymously by employees. 65% of employees would recommend working at Canadian Cancer Society to a friend and 45% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Canadian Cancer Society employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.0 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Canadian Cancer Society. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

    65% of Canadian Cancer Society employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Canadian Cancer Society 3.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.1 for culture and values and 2.6 for career opportunities.

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