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Cancer Research UK Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2017
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Cancer Research UK CEO Harpal Kumar
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  • No recognition for work and no real structure for career development / progression (in 6 reviews)

  • No career progression as they prefer to hire from outside instead of developing their employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Internal Communications
    Former Employee - Internal Communications
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Progressive organisation that's driven by a fantastic cause. They care about employee engagement and try to have open communication and lots going on for staff to get involved with. I personally had fantastic managers who supported my development.

    Cons

    Sometimes try to do too many new, exciting initiatives without making sure the basics are solid first, leading to staff feeling overwhelmed or frustrated.

    Cancer Research UK Response

    29 Aug, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for taking time to leave a review. I'm glad you enjoyed working for Cancer Research UK in Internal Communications. We have an atmosphere of responsible innovation at CRUK and it is great to... More


  2. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great cause, good fun.

    Cons

    Not too sure about salary as I was a volunteer.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Just a really exciting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hugely motivated colleagues; lots of opportunities to develop skills as is a large organisation

    Cons

    Very large complex organisation - with all the challenges that brings around eg silo working. Will be moving head office from Angel to Stratford in a couple of years so concerns about brain drain!


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  5. "volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Lunchtime Supervisor in Harborne, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lunchtime Supervisor in Harborne, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    working at cancer research is amazing you get to learn the basic start of the cause and understand what its like to people who work in these shops

    Cons

    although there a lot of procedures that are not necessary

    Advice to Management

    be more open to volunteers and show them how to mange the shops


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Cancer Research UK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time

    Pros

    Our purpose is unique, universal and clear - to beat cancer sooner. The vast majority of people working at CRUK are passionate about our cause and work incredibly hard to help us get closer to our goal.

    Cons

    Inevitably in an organisation so large, there are a lot of barriers to getting work done, and a tendency for teams to operate in silo. Its sometimes hard to get an understanding of the work that happens across the organisation in order to spot opportunities for efficiency or collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Support the shift to a culture of collaboration by making the work of other directorates more visible, and lessen the barriers or politics which prevent work getting done.


  7. "Working at Cancer Research"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Cancer Research UK part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly manager, made it clear what tasks to get done

    Cons

    Manager sometimes doesn't come in

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Internship in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Internship in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Intern environment
    Lots of training sessions and inductions
    Can be challenging
    A great introduction to working life

    Cons

    Experience can vary depending on team
    Must be proactive
    Management a little stale
    Team politics can be difficult to manage

    Advice to Management

    More induction for Interns


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful culture - office full of bright, positive people who are there to make a difference.

    Cons

    Can take a long time to get things done.


  10. "Great ambition and a cause to be proud of"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very employee friendly - part-time considered at all levels, good working hours.
    Great org-wide mission to beat cancer sooner and it's amazing how clearly this is felt throughout the teams.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Can feel a bit corporate versus other charities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work life balance is good and there is a lot of flexibility to work from home. The salaries are very competitive for the charity sector and the pension is too. The majority of people below senior management level are decent and really want to achieve good results for the charity. The premises and location is good too.

    Cons

    There is a great deal of silo working and different ways of working at head office. This makes it very difficult for people to work effectively across the organisation. Bad behaviour and poor performance is not challenged enough and seems to be actively promoted and rewarded. HR could do more when it comes to tackling these issues. The constant stream of restructuring teams but not actually removing problem people from the charity means that staff are always in a cycle of anxiety and ambiguity which has a real impact on motivation and their ability to work effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people to talk about the real challenges in the organisation openly and frequently and then actually do something about those very real challenges.


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