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Canadian Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 11 October, 2017
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Pros
  • Friendly people and great work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people work and volunteer here, great cause and real impact in the cause (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management doesn't know what they are doing (in 11 reviews)

  • Really gave me a sense of the type of office I want to work in (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Other employees there were very helpful and nice. You could tell they were all passionate about the cause and took pride in their work

    Cons

    Some of the bureaucracy prevented a lot of the work. When I worked there, they were also understaffed and relied heavily on volunteers. The work volunteers did was really more like a part-time job and they really should have been paid.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about operations and finances.


  2. "cooperate outreach assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great experience nice coworker and environment

    Cons

    not really have one


  3. "Summer Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Rewarding experience with a friendly and warm environment. Great opportunity to work within a team while gaining project planning and management experience.

    Cons

    No real downsides, the overall experience was positive.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for new approaches to engaging the community.


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  5. "Unstable environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Canadian Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Good cause, helping people with cancer

    Cons

    Morale is down due to restructures and merger with CBCF. Too much uncertainty currently

    Advice to Management

    Value the employees you have as more and more jump ship


  6. "No communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the staff are friendly

    Cons

    There’s no communication or direction from executives. Since the merger with CBCF, morale has been low and people are overworked and severely underpaid. No raise for 4 years. Reporting tree and responsibilities changed on a weekly basis.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your staff what your plans are so we know what to work towards.


  7. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Director in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some staff, all volunteers are dedicated.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership (VP's and other Dir's) are terrible.


  8. "The best corporation to work"

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    Former Employee - Volunteering Initially in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Volunteering Initially in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was paid nice sum and discharged all duties and responsibilities.
    CEO gave me a special Bonus of termination.

    Cons

    No negative comments and no bad experience.

    Advice to Management

    You are the best to encourage staff volunteers and patients as well.


  9. "Selling Ideals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Wonderful, amazing volunteers and grass roots staff.
    - Embraces technology
    - Comparative salary/benefits to for-profit sector

    Cons

    - Unrealistic budgets and fundraising targets set
    - Unwilling to change past fundraising models to be current and competitive
    - Management/Divisional offices care little for volunteers, or give little value to the time and dedication volunteers offer
    - Unpredictable work environment - frequent layoffs or "restructuring"/little job security
    - CEO spending too high and extravagant, considering the organization is mostly donor dollar funded
    - smaller communities services and support pulled or overlooked
    - Decisions slow to be made (too many levels to get to decision makers)

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the money that you raise from and for the people affected by cancers. Volunteers are important, your grass roots staff are important. Be more transparent, truthful, and honest to your donors and communities.


  10. "Change is Hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Canadian Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great people work and volunteer here, great cause and real impact in the cause. I have had very supportive bosses and colleagues, and I have had the opportunity to grow my skills and move up in the 4 years I have worked here.

    P.S. Pamela Frelick is not the CEO anymore- it is Lynne Hudson.

    Cons

    LOTS of change in the organization over the past two years. Late to the game in changing to suit the way the world responds to doing business. This has made it a long and difficult road. This can be a game changer as some people leave and others work to see the change through.

    Advice to Management

    Merging with CBCF and changing EVERYTHING in an organization that is entrenched in nearly 80 years of community based business requires some strong change management and commitment to well being of stakeholders through the process. More careful change management planning would be helpful. That said, there can't be a perfect way to execute this unprecedented challenge!


  11. "Passionate staff"

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    Former Employee - Senior Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pension plan.

    Cons

    Currently undergoing a merge with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation so staff changes and turnover is high.


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