American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 22 February 2015
Updated 22 February 2015
491 Reviews
3.1
491 Reviews
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American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • ACS offers really good hours which gives you the ability to have true work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Each day you feel like you are making a difference in the lives of others (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • We work when the volunteers can help us, so work life balance can be difficult (in 54 reviews)

  • No work life balance and low pay for amount of work/hours required to work (in 19 reviews)

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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great group work setting. Positive environment. Hands on work. Great employees. Active work space

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The American Cancer Society was a nice place to work up until the process of "transformation"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Definitely a worthy cause. Overall great environment. Certainly good benefits. Many good-hearted individuals.

    Cons

    There is the American Cancer Society pre "transformation" and post transformation. While it is a great thing for a company to remove it's inefficiencies, I think the American Cancer Society's transformation process might have removed it's soul. Time will certainly tell. It is not really clear what innovation or community service it's being done, at least at the local level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm afraid you've through the baby with the bath water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Rewarding, yet challenging

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    Current Employee - Community Manager, Relay for Life
    Current Employee - Community Manager, Relay for Life

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, decent pay for the area, great benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    High turnover, management is not transparent, long work hours, lots of evenings and weekends, fundraising for a 30 year old event is a struggle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less of a work load for community managers, better compensation for the hours put in

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Direct Supervisor made job very difficult

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Meeting and establishing relationships with the volunteers

    Cons

    Always on the road, long days/nights

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    Senior Relationship Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society

    Pros

    Great training, teamwork, motivated by the "mission"

    Cons

    Constant emphasis on raising money, recruiting volunteers, data entry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide appreciation for those who are working directly with volunteers, doing data entry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working for a cause

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    Former Employee - Shared Services Staff in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Shared Services Staff in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    competitive pay, meaningful work, hard working co workers, excellent time off and other benefits

    Cons

    none that I can recall

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Enjoyed working for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer as a Team Recruiter.

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    Former Employee - MSABC Team Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - MSABC Team Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Part-time 30 hours per week, calling local corporations to find that special person to be the team leader (form company team) have them attend kick-off breakfast, raise funds for breast cancer research. Touching to hear stories from survivors and recently diagnosed patients.

    Cons

    Need to have events through-out the year to keep people engaged in raising breast cancer awareness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more communication with the planning committee comprised of volunteers - BIG disconnect !

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    ACS is committed to eliminating cancer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been fortunate to grow my career with this company, starting at the front-line and working my way up through several roles to my current position. Many of the criticisms I've been reading do not reflect my experiences with ACS, which is staffed by some of the kindest, results oriented, mission-focused individuals I've ever known. As with any company, opportunities to advance are not given to you, but must be earned, and you must create opportunities to demonstrate your skills even when those opportunities don't seem to exist. In addition to the positive relationships with colleagues, this company offers excellent benefits. Unlike some, I don't have an issue with CEO pay in general. As one of the largest non-profits, we don't pay our CEO as much as most (though his effectiveness given his salary is arguable). I think you get what you pay for.

    Cons

    You'll make more money working for a for-profit, though the pay is competitive in the non-profit space. The organization has undergone a tremendous amount of change in the past 4 years (organizational consolidation, multiple department re-orgs) which has led to a sense of aimlessness due to relatively poor communication around larger organizational decisions and current state. In one moment, messages from executives indicate that things seem to be on the rebound, and in the next moment, we're in dire financial straits, which leads to a sense of employee panic about their own place in the org, their job stability, and the overall outlook for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal and external communication is a mess. Pay attention to the voice of the employee and implement feedback where you can. I'm excited that a new CEO will soon bring a fresh vision to this awesome brand, and will remind the company's employees, and the world, of all that the American Cancer Society is capable in the 21st century.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at American Cancer Society as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and always helpful. Every event was a success.

    Cons

    Was not a paid internship. Sometimes they just gave me busy work because there wasn't enough to do. Made many cold calls which helped my customer service skills but it made the day seem to last forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to hire multiple interns, make sure there is enough to be done. You guys really only needed one intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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