American Red Cross

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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
825 Reviews
2.8
825 Reviews
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Making a difference in recipient lives and promotes diversity (in 37 reviews)

  • Helping People in disasters, having a company vehicle to take clients to the doctor (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance (it's required that you still check and respond to emails while on PTO) (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management almost constantly changes operations and organizational structure (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    3 people found this helpful  

    Very challenging and not for the faint of heart, but very rewarding.

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

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your role, 8+/hr workdays are common, but it's comforting to know you're supporting a good cause. Most employees (and volunteers) are willing to go above and beyond for the company mission.

    If you are highly skilled and motivated, it's a great place to leave your mark. Management is very open to changes (especially if it means greater efficiency and better use of donor dollars), but you must be prepared to fully support and carry out your ideas. Talk is cheap, and tangible actions are highly valued.

    If you're not particularly skilled, but highly motivated, it's a great place to sharpen your skills. Management is willing to invest in your learning curve, but expect to be tasked with the same requirements as everyone else.

    Cons

    The organization is going through some growing pains, so there are many on-going changes. To survive, you'll need to keep an open mind. With new changes, understand that mistakes do happen ("Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity") and that everyone is trying their best to improve the overall organization.

    The pay is acceptable, but obviously doesn't compare with a for-profit company. (If you're expecting a high salary, why would you work at a non-profit?)

    If you're unmotivated by the organization's mission, you're going to have a bad time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more in-house technical talent. "Budget constraints" are understandable, but It's very disheartening to always hear that excuse. There has to be other ways to attract more highly skilled people.

    And if anyone in any management role actually reads this:
    On behalf of staff everywhere, thank you for your hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment!

    • 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 Red Cross

    Pros

    While the pay is meager, working toward such a great mission with wonderful people is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Pay and workload are difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to volunteer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Disaster Action Team Member
    Current Employee - Disaster Action Team Member

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Satisfaction that you are helping others in times of need

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork to fill out (although it's expected and needed so grants can be requested).

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  5.  

    Its a good job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Keller, TX
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Keller, TX

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Very fun, Hard work pays off,

    Cons

    its a hassle on renewing your licences.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disaster Service Volunteer-Sandhills Chapter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disaster Specialist in Sumter, SC
    Current Employee - Disaster Specialist in Sumter, SC

    I have been working at American Red Cross as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Red Cross provides a great opportunity to work with like minded individuals who are passionate about service and helping others. The chapter I worked with in particular would go above and beyond our limitations to make sure our clients were well taken care of. Even though we only had 3 paid staff in our office, NOBODY was ever treated like they werent important. We have volunteers as young as 16 and as old as 82. These ladies and gents truly are the epitome of serving our fellow men and women.

    Cons

    Dysfunction and constant region/area realignments leaves the office in a rut at least once every quarter(3months). One quarter this position will be here the next quarter it could be gone and the individual in that position will have no idea what hit them. So many times around the same time periods we'd have a lot of meetings to go to or conference calls just to confirm who'll be back and/or who wouldnt. Luckily nobody has been cut from our office but the fear here is always there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change your passion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    ARC Biomed

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

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Mission with amazing employees

    Cons

    Non Profit Organization-nationwide-too many layoffs recently

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Nice work - life balance training

    Cons

    none at all, great company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none and none good people

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful and helpful but heart felt.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Jackson, MS

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helping people and meeting people in need

    Cons

    Nothing to day about the American Red Cross

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None everything is great and worth my time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to make and impact

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

    I have been working at American Red Cross as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and wants to work there. I volunteered in a California location. There are always multiple projects going on. There are many people involved who just want to make a difference.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be much room for growth or working up the ladder for someone who is looking for a full-time, paid position. Red cross benefits a lot from its volunteers/interns and part time workers.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to grow professionally while balancing work and family life.

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

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment with high expectations. Great Medical benefits. On site gym!

    Cons

    Constant transitions / Undefined roles and responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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