American Red Cross Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Great Time

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    No cons for the red cross.

  3. Great mission, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The altruistic mission is what draws paid and volunteer staff alike, but it's the people we work alongside that keeps us here.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and unpredictable due to the nature of disasters. And there has been significant, constant and ongoing structural changes over the last 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a healthy work-life balance amongst staff. Due to the personalities drawn to working in non-profits, many give too much of themselves and lead to burnout.

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  5. GREAT

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Great people and great people that work with them

    Cons

    none in my experience all good things

  6. All positive. Based on work <2010, in very unique role with exposure to diverse functions in ARC blood donations.

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

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    noble mission, good compensation for a non-profit organization, positive culture

    Cons

    none to report, given my personal experience working in a non-standard job.

  7. Volunteer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly staff, easy to work with, and flexible hours. Excellent volunteer opportunity for college students.

    Cons

    No cons at this moment.

  8. Good company

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

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Hours, managers, polite coworkers, fun environment

    Cons

    No family life, holiday schedule

    Advice to Management

    Be more generous of home life

  9. Great work environment and excellent coworkers.

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

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All of my coworkers were military veterans.

    Cons

    There really is not an opportunity for personal growth.

  10. Helpful (1)

    This is a wonderful company. Great cause, great benefits, and flexibility to add new skills.

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, benefits and opportunities.

    Cons

    Quite competitive to get a job.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of work is expected, overtime sometimes, and hard to not want to when you are so passionate about the cause.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great organization to start in

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

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Despite being inexperienced and entry-level, the staff gave me a lot of opportunities to take ownership of projects. The office culture was also great and very relaxing despite the workload.

    Cons

    The organization restructured itself a lot and that affected job stability.

    Advice to Management

    Should value the employees a bit more instead of the organization's finances.

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