American Red Cross Reviews

Updated March 25, 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.

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  2. 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

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  3. 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.

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  5. This is a wonderful company. Great cause, great benefits, and flexibility to add new skills.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Great people, benefits and opportunities.

    Cons

    Quite competitive to get a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of work is expected, overtime sometimes, and hard to not want to when you are so passionate about the cause.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great organization to start in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Despite being inexperienced and entry-level, the staff gave me a lot of opportunities to take ownership of projects. The office culture was also great and very relaxing despite the workload.

    Cons

    The organization restructured itself a lot and that affected job stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should value the employees a bit more instead of the organization's finances.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Benefits, promotions, time-off policies Benefits, promotions, time-off policies

    Cons

    Work-life balance, training, company values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Management

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  8. The Best Nonprofit Organization in the World - if you want to help people work for the Red Cross!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Friendly staff and volunteers. 94% of the Red Cross Force is volunteers, and every single volunteer that I have meet are very dedicated to the mission of allieviating human suffering.
    2) A lot of volunteer opportunities and internship opportunities. I started out as their intern, then stayed to volunteer in two departments, before becoming their paid health and safety instructor.
    3) This company really cares about making a difference in the community! I have never heard or seen the Red Cross doing anything harmful or suspicious. This nonprofit organization is the real deal and every other nonprofit organization should look up to the Red Cross as a role model.

    Cons

    Low pay, but that's usually the case when working for a nonprofit. You work there not for the money, but to help poeple and feel satisfied with helping others. Also, job advancement is almost nonexistent. So if you get a job be prepared to stick to that job for a long time, or move to another company eventually if you want to advance in your career.

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  9. Not only are they friendly but the work they do over all is wonderful and I'm happy to take part in it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    The red cross is a organization bases on helping people in every way possible.

    Cons

    I still attend school so my hours are very limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10. case manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    we were helping people in need.

    Cons

    the grants kept running out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

  11. difficult hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross

    Pros

    supportive team and meaningful work

    Cons

    poor work life balance component

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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