American Red Cross Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. cdllections tech ll

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Collections Technician Ll in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Collections Technician Ll in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    to be a part of an organization in the collection of the gift that saves lives and interaction with various cultures of people.

    Cons

    some organizational skills could be improved to increase productivity

    Advice to Management

    continued interaction with employees who work in the field with specific equipment and set up for collection


  2. Over all a good place to work with

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    Former Employee - Emergency Response Team Member in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Emergency Response Team Member in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great people to work with, 99% of the time the job was extremely easy. Got to see, event's and concerts for free ( while working).

    Cons

    Low pay, no chance for advancement. Sometimes no relief at end of shift. Sometimes you had to work in the elements but that was part of the job.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A serious mess

    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician I in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician I in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work involved in the receiving and processing the blood units for use at hospitals/medical facilities.

    Cons

    Pay was pretty horrible for the work being done/expected of you. Supervision in the lab was a joke. Too much favoritism, too much expected from the employees who would work hard to cover for the favorites who didn't.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on what's happening in your production areas, and reward the people you have accordingly. Stop making excuses for the pay.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Donor Recruitment Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Donor Recruitment Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and some work from home allowed. It feels great to work in a position where you are making a difference in people's lives every day. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic. Horrible payroll system where it takes months to receive bonuses. Car allowances are way too low. Marketing/Communications Departments have way too much power.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many layers of management which has created a system that is sluggish and frustrating to employees. This has created very low morale.


  6. Great management for the CPRS!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    CPRS really takes teamwork to heart, as it is an integral part of working with them. The team is extremely helpful and although they are small, they manage to effectively and efficiently produce a lot of work!

    Cons

    I wish I could stay for longer!


  7. Chairman of Volunteers

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    Former Employee - Chairman of Volunteers in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Chairman of Volunteers in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The American Red Cross is an awesome place to work. There is a good feeling there, at least where I was volunteering!

    Cons

    There are some politics involved even though the majority of the work force is volunteer.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to those below you than you do to those above you - as you show faith in those below you, you will lift them and their performance - and that will lift yours.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Executive Assistant/Project Management

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Project Manager in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant/Project Manager in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    Going through major changes at this time


  9. Specialist

    Current Employee - Lawton OK Specialist in Edmond, OK
    Current Employee - Lawton OK Specialist in Edmond, OK

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

    Pros

    The tasks that you need to do are not difficult if you have some kind of computer knowledge and the pay is not horrible.

    Cons

    They can never stay on the same page for vital things within the company and it tends to affect a lot of people negatively.


  10. Coordinator, Corporate Diversity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission driven - world-known organization. Great satisfaction in serving the public and working along people who want to work to make the world better.

    Cons

    Top heavy - regular employees are poorly paid and there is a great deal of lip service given to open door policy.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people, they are your greatest asset


  11. Training Scheduler

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Replied back quickly to application. Good phone interview

    Cons

    Phone interviews: 1. with the consultation from headquarters 2. hiring manager in the region



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