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Cancer Research UK Reviews

Updated 14 December, 2017
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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. "Varied and enjoyable if you don't get pigeon holed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK full-time

    Pros

    Operates in the same sophisticated way as a large corporate but with an inspiring course
    Good development projects if you prove to be talented
    Digitally enhanced

    Cons

    Bound by red tape at times
    Dwindling innovation approach
    Politics


  3. "Cancer Research UK Digi Team"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working for a great cause and the people are wonderful. The location in London is in Angel, which is in the heart of Islington.

    Cons

    Because it's a charity the salaries can be quite low. Being promoted can also be very political often times they will have people in mind who they want to be Heads and Senior Managers.

    Advice to Management

    Management sometimes needs a reminder that we're one organisation and we all want to beat cancer sooner. There can be quite a big divide between the different directorates.


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  5. "Good but not for me"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    kind people, always there when you need them. Everyone looks out for each other/

    Cons

    stressful fast paced environment at times


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Life as a promotional assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cancer Research UK part-time

    Pros

    Warm and friendly working environment
    Flexibility and the opportunity to travel
    Loads of support from colleagues

    Cons

    Can involve working long and hard days
    Flexibility of role can impair planning things in the long-term


  7. "Sales assistant"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good staff who are happy to help you with training. Positive working environment.

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  8. "Overall lovely, but some frustrating aspects"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great working environment and office
    - Friendly, supportive culture
    - Excellent brand, exciting projects
    - Great cause and purpose
    - Excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    - Too much duplication of roles and projects - not enough rigour in applying the strategy
    - Siloed and poor communication
    - Not enough focus on efficiency and effectiveness, slight empire building mentality internally
    - Poor pay progression
    - Flattened hierarchy made it difficult to progress
    - Flexible working opportunities were very inconsistent/unbalanced, especially for those without kids

    Advice to Management

    - Provide more focused and clear short-term objectives as well as the overarching strategy/vision
    - Be more consistent with applying strategy and policies across different directorates


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Shop Staff & Volunteers, Poor Management and Support"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Shop Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Shop Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Cancer Research UK part-time

    Pros

    Great team within shop, supporting worthy charity.

    Cons

    Little or no support from area or regional management, when issues were raised they're dismissed without action or support of any kind.
    Expected to open shop for 8.5 hours plus open and close, which means paid for 7 hours but at work for minimum 9 hours with little or no chance of breaks as many volunteers are not comfortable to be left alone to manage shop.
     All for minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Review the area managers performance confidentially with shop staff.
    Listen to issues raised eg. lone working, unpaid hours, under staffing.
    Stop wasting money vast quantities of wristbands, pins etc... and pay a fair wage for a fair days work


  10. "The people make the organisation"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the culture and environment. Very strong and supportive managers. Very people focused and keen to develop staff to meet their full potential.

    Cons

    Salary fairly low, although comparable with others in the same sector. Change of head office location an interesting decision which has resulted in some people moving on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting people at the forefront of your decisions.


  11. "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.


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