American Red Cross Reviews

Updated July 5, 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 (12)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Great PTO

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Amazing pto over 3 weeks per year

    Cons

    Limited control of dy to day operations

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting marketing run the business


  3. phone agent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Phone Agent in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Phone Agent in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    helping save lives is rewarding

    Cons

    training was a bit more than needed


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and opportunities

    Cons

    None at this time newly hired.


  6. records management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Prep in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Document Prep in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at American Red Cross

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

    Pros

    Great work environment good attitude

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions and make changes


  7. Great!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Intern in Grand Rapids, MI

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

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

    Pros

    They are very goal oriented, and very nice people to work with

    Cons

    More openings for jobs in the red cross

    Advice to Management

    None really, they do a phenomenal job


  8. Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Novi, MI

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

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

    Pros

    community vibe, helping others, volunteer aspects

    Cons

    I would not consider any part of this experience a negative


  9. Loved it!

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

    I worked at American Red Cross

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

    Pros

    On my own, self motivated,

    Cons

    Always letting employees go, lots of travel for meetings


  10. Helpful (1)

    account manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great company with many opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Some of the managers engage in unprofessional politics. A lot of "old school" thinkers.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the complaints from the front line staff. Helping them grow and giving them support is the best thing you can do for the entire company. These staff interact with your direct customers.


  11. Biomedical Services is a sweet place to be.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor Level II in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Instructor Level II in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great adavncement to a point

    Cons

    Advancements beyond a point requires Degree.



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