American Red Cross Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
Gail McGovern
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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

    Helpful (7)

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

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    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. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of an organization that helps people after a disaster hits and educating people with First Aid/CPR, Disaster Preparedness, Water Safety and more courses.

    Cons

    Limited professional growth opportunities. Have to deal with office politics. Volunteers get under utilized, get disinterested and no longer want to be involved.

  3. Great Time

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    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.

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  5. Great to be a part of the life saving mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When the people around you are mission oriented it's contagious
    Get to work and know you're saving lives

    Cons

    Change is hard for a large company
    Tech is old and slow

    Advice to Management

    Communication can go a long ways to help ease the transition of difficult change.

  6. Representative - Donor Recruitment

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    Current Employee - Donor Recruitment Representative
    Current Employee - Donor Recruitment Representative

    I have been working at American Red Cross

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

    Pros

    Great supervisors, easy hours, wonderful volunteers

    Cons

    Very stressful work evitonment at times, benefits are expensive

    Advice to Management

    Show your lower level employees more appreciation. Do more for donors and volunteers.

  7. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at American Red Cross

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

    Pros

    Excellent staff. Great working environment.

    Cons

    Due to the fact that it is a non profit. The pay scale was low.

  8. Great mission, great people

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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.

  9. Collections Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, and the knowledge that you're working for a good company that makes a difference.

    Cons

    Crazy, Crazy, Crazy hours. Soul sucking hours that never let you have any kind a regular schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people in scheduling!!!

  10. Donor Recruitment Representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Donor Recruitment Representative
    Current Employee - Donor Recruitment Representative

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong support system, relatively easy job overall.

    Cons

    Continued cuts of support positions with increased demands provide challenges.

  11. Was a government relations intern at one of the largest regional offices.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Red Cross as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot from my supervisor and was afforded many opportunities to take on greater responsibilities.

    Cons

    Other interns seemed to do less.

    Advice to Management

    Pay interns!

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