American Red Cross Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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American Red Cross President and CEO 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

    6 people found this helpful

    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)

    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
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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    The company was OK I enjoyed it for the time I was there.

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    Former Employee - Eligibility Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Eligibility Specialist in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    The job was great in the beginning but like every company it has major issules. They were flexible and had decent benefits

    Cons

    Poor training, poor management, policy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Mobile Unit Assistant II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Get to meet new people and help them

    Cons

    very long work hours and not appriciated

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  5. Good company

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    Former Employee - Telerecruiter in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Telerecruiter in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Hours, managers, polite coworkers, fun environment

    Cons

    No family life, holiday schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more generous of home life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Proud but frustrated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    You are genuinely helping people both in your community and around the country. You are saving lives.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. Poor training. Limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciation is free and goes a long way, even when wages cannot rise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. IMSA and Disaster Finance Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    I learned more during this internship than I have throughout college. Your mentors push you but also understand you are coming in with minimal knowledge. Employees listen to what you have to say and will take any input you have. I was treated as a full time employee, sat in on all meetings, went to lunches, and had strict deadlines. The best work experience I have ever had.

    Cons

    There are some managers that are close to useless. Certain individuals seem to hurt the company more than can help it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Good

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice environment to work daily

    Cons

    moved to another location last year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great work environment and excellent coworkers.

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    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)

    Pros

    All of my coworkers were military veterans.

    Cons

    There really is not an opportunity for personal growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Excellent opportunity to gain internship experience

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy within the department. You are given a lot of responsibility and many of the skills learned on the job are transferable later in you career.

    Cons

    Many of the positions are non paid or internships and a lot of great talent is forced to move on because so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide an opportunity for interns to grow and contribute. Be open to new ideas and ways to improve outreach and recruitment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Something to do, but not meaningful.

    Former Employee - Operations Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    The people were nice. The work was easy. I met a lot of great people.

    Cons

    Days went by really slow with nothing to do. I don't feel like I learned much or acquired any transferrable skills. Typical problems associated with small non profits

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