American Cancer Society

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Great place to make a difference - as long as you stay inside the box.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY (US)

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

Pros

Opportunity to help people. Most employees aren't there for the money, but because they are passionate about their job. Follow their "rules," and you'll be fine.

Cons

Very bureaucratic. Set models and guidelines that you are expected to follow, yet they supposedly encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Actually encourage and reward people for being innovative! If you're going to structure yourself as a corporation, you need to restructure your management too.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the job I was expecting at all.

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    Former Employee - Community Relations in Waukesha, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Community Relations in Waukesha, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    More flexibility than other jobs and the ability to work from home was nice. I had nice coworkers who were willing to lend a hand as well.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else was negative. Although we had many trainings so many of them were repeats and didn't share any new ideas. Three day overnight, out of town trainings are difficult for people with families and this didn't seem to be a concern of ACS.
    Management was not well trained or well versed in how to be effective mangers. ACS is NOT a transparent company and a lot of changes were made without staff input that would have been crucial to improving staff morale.
    Turnover is very high, but when 50 and 60 plus hour weeks are worked consistently with low pay and little to no encouragement, what do you expect?
    Management did not listen to employees who were in the field and talking to constituents, volunteers and others involved in events specifically Relay For Life events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take classes to become better managers. Offer advice and help to your employees and don't push them off on to their coworkers. Set attainable goals and listen to the people who are out in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor morale, incompetent upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - great cause
    - meeting great, passionate volunteers
    - supportive co-workers (for the most part)
    - good started job

    Cons

    - incompetent upper management who don't do any real work and push it lower level employees
    - upper management that take credit for goals met, but push the blame on to lower level employees when failures happen
    - useless mandatory trainings that repeat the same things over and over again (probably because of the high turn over rate)
    - incredibly bureaucratic ... you can't do anything without checking with your manager, which is the opposite of the "think outside the box" mantra they tell you at trainings
    - no accountability for upper level management
    - input from lower level employees are not often asked for, and when they are, they are mostly ignored (why bother even asking us in the first place?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean house, more accountability, recognize your hard working community representatives that do all the grunt work

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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