American Red Cross Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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Pros
  • Making a difference in peoples lives every day (in 37 reviews)

  • You are helping people which is the bottom line (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • Change that makes work life balance nearly impossible (in 19 reviews)

  • The upper-management is detached (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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. manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large company and plenty of room for advancement. Nice hours, nice people, nice pay and great atmosphere. Many areas to work in.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say, great job and loved working for company.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Donor Recruitment Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Donor Recruitment Representative in Cape Girardeau, MO
    Former Employee - Donor Recruitment Representative in Cape Girardeau, MO

    I worked at American Red Cross (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Who can say that they help "Save a Life" everyday. It was very rewarding and I would go back tomorrow if the opportunity came about.

    Cons

    Worked everyday that a blood drive was scheduled, including holidays.


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  5. Great company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Collection Technician II in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Collection Technician II in Bridgeport, CT

    I worked at American Red Cross (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Gaining new work skills, great people to work with.

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons.


  6. Disaster responder

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DISASTER RESPONDER in New York, NY
    Current Employee - DISASTER RESPONDER in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Red Cross (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great company for volunteers. Everyone is approachable and respected at all level. lots of free training to take advantage of.

    Cons

    About 90%of the employees are volunteer. A shift sometimes consisted of 12 hours and can be very demanding at times.


  7. My view... ; )

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Case Worker, Spanish Interpreter, Palm Beaches in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Former Employee - Case Worker, Spanish Interpreter, Palm Beaches in Port Saint Lucie, FL

    I worked at American Red Cross (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best Management team, Staff and Volunteers you can work with. Great training. I do believe on the mission. And they really care for the community and the people in need.

    Cons

    If you want to work 24/7 then this is your kind of job.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay to Staff. Check on Volunteers training.


  8. Part of a Larger Organization

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

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

    Pros

    Being part of the National Organization

    Cons

    Not the best pay for the work required.

    Advice to Management

    Routine Reviews. Routine salary i creases with good work.


  9. Think you are detail oriented? Probably not enough for ARC.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, Benefits are decent

    Cons

    The organization takes a tally of every clerical error (and above) every day and emails your "problems" to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on true issues rather than making employees scared to have an uneven ink pen blob leading to your information being shared with the the entire organization. Build quality, not fear.


  10. collection technician/ mobile unit assistant

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    Former Employee - Collection Tech/Mobile Unit Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Collection Tech/Mobile Unit Assistant in Durham, NC

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best part of working for the American Red Cross was collecting units of blood that is needed to help the public, who will need blood for survival.

    Cons

    work ife balance and salary


  11. Stem Cell Technologist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stem Cell Technologist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Stem Cell Technologist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at American Red Cross

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people. Don't let the casual clothing and atmosphere make you think people aren't serious about their jobs--they are. They are also serious about supporting each other. I have worked for them for almost two years, and have seen almost no back-stabbing. Diverse group that is accepting of individual differences.

    Cons

    Low pay and substandard benefits. Almost a volunteer mentality.

    Advice to Management

    My immediate manager is terrific. I think the organization as a whole needs to catch up with the times. Windows XP in 2015? Word 2003?



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