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Canadian Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 12 December, 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. "staff"

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

    I have been working at Canadian Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    entry level vacation time given

    Cons

    lack of career advancement opportunities, high staff turnover


  2. "Gift Processing Clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn, get your foot in the door. Friendly staff, and management.

    Cons

    Communication, lack of career opportunities


  3. "General Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Canadian Cancer Society full-time

    Pros

    Overall nice staff
    You feel like there is a general purpose to you being there

    Cons

    They don't care about you, management happens from the main office in Toronto so everything is disorganized.
    Most employees operate on short contracts (less than a year), and they will not hesitate to end you early.
    Small and dark offices.
    Poor management in general.

    Advice to Management

    Having somebody more in charge at smaller, local offices would make improvements. Not hiring on such small contracts, but rather hiring one person to tackle multiple smaller contracts over a longer period of time would make it seem like employees were actually cared about.
    There's a lot of employee talk about travel expenses for things that you really don't need to travel for. Taking advantage of Skype-based conference calls would probably decrease a lot of costs.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Volunteer Event Chair - Relay For Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The money we work to raise all goes back to Cancer Research, childhood cancer research, peer support, support for those going through treatment for cancer, rides are provided to appointments through Wheels of Hope

    Cons

    Due to low overhead and budget constraints staff are doing the work of more than one person.


  6. "With change comes opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canadian Cancer Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  7. "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.


  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "Beyond resurrection, stay away"

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

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

    Pros

    Great cause and mission on paper

    Cons

    In reality, mission work is down to the barebones.
    Majority of funds raised go towards fundraising staff, and the ridiculously high paid exec at VP level.
    They are so desperate to hire they would lie and say anything they need to lure you to come.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself because you add no value
    Without mission, you have nothing.


  11. "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


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