American Cancer Society

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American Cancer Society Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
458 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    ACS Amazing :)

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

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

    Pros

    There is always a friendly atmosphere among coworkers who want to work together to end the fight! Of course it is a great cause and they find creative ways to reach their missions and goals. Great management that regulates but does not control!

    Cons

    I only worked as an intern so I really did not have many cons. I know some of the workers had some difficulty with long hours during Relay season--but if you love what you're doing than the hours do not matter as much and they all did!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hands-off management over the specialists in community events and Relay is key. They know how many hours they need to be in the office vs. out with volunteers and sponsors--do not harshly control them for the best results!

  2.  

    most fulfilling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great mission and vision, helping cancer patients.

    Cons

    the pay could be a little better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A Great Place To Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Cancer Society as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    A good work/life balance (except for the days of the events, which is normal) great pay for a temp non profit job, friendly colleagues and an easy going atmosphere.

    Cons

    It is a little stressful because of the season and the work involved, but it's par for the course.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the managers communicate effectively and completely with the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distinguished Events Specialist in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Distinguished Events Specialist in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training and patient managers

    Cons

    Short staffed in regards to administrative staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    ACS offers a really good work environment and supports a great mission. It's nice that there are jobs available all over the country. The medical benefits I had were GREAT and they offered several options. ACS offers really good hours which gives you the ability to have true work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low pay (in a non-profit it's kind of expected!), limited room for growth depending on your desired areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I've been fortunate to couple my passions with my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    for many folks who have worked many places the positive will grossly exceed the negative.
    - excellent PTO and flexible schedule
    - wonderful mission - provides many touch points to those that you are helping
    - adequate pay
    - advancement opportunities
    - cross-functional experiences

    Cons

    Currently the organization is still in a transitional phase. it is very difficult to see what the final road map will look like, so moral suffers. I am confident the final outcome will be excellent, just help those that have endured through these years see it more clearly.
    - there are a number of silos and break downs in communication
    - management heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more clear and direct when communicating to staff. it will help to demystify what the ultimate plan is through transformation. Rather than continuing to hire more high-level experts, trust that you have already hired the right people to do the job and discontinue adding more management levels.
    - hire a visionary for CEO, who has a clear path for their vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Administrative Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work environment is exceptional. Everyone is Positive and Team Orientated. Great Customer Services

    Cons

    No Cons. Great place to work 5 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. It works!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Place to be an Employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Almost everyone here is passionate about the mission. It's a large enough organization that you'll have the opportunity to do a lot of things if you're interested. You'll work with some of the smartest and nicest people around. The offices are in a beautiful, centrally located building downtown. The org is very loyal to its employees and vice versa.

    Cons

    As someone who came in from the consulting world, it can be frustrating to deal with the lack of urgency that some employees have. There are strong organizational silos that lead managers and directors to look after their turf at the expense of the overall organization. I.T. is probably the worst at that. Their systems only exist to support the business, but you often wouldn't know that by the way they dictate terms to the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The building has our name on it but houses other companies, too. Work with building owners to ban smoking anywhere on the property. I know multiple people who say they see smokers outside of "our" building and think we're an organization full of hypocrites. Employees have no access to stairwells and time limited access to escalators. This discourages walking up and down stairs, which is one of the easiest things we can do for our own health during the work day. More integration, less silos. The loyalty to employees is great, but the sense that many employees have that they're completely safe in their jobs leads to that lack of urgency I mentioned. Underperforming employees should be let go when they consistently fail regardless of their tenure or politics.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The American Cancer Society is a great place to work and help people battling cancer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications
    Current Employee - Communications

    I have been working at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company stresses work-life balance. Gives employees ample time off, to take care of your family. Leadership is very supportive.

    Cons

    Everyone is expected to help fund raise for the Society, but because it does so much in the community this is not very difficult.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great Company - Great Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Relationship Manager
    Former Employee - Community Relationship Manager

    I worked at American Cancer Society full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people - both coworkers and volunteers are amazing. The mission of ACS is so important and so many work so hard to find a cure. The work is rewarding. Great opportunities for advancement. I loved working here.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can sometimes be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set more realistic goals and don't punish employees for the state of the economy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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