American Red Cross

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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
702 Reviews
2.9
702 Reviews
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many of the employees are good people who really want to make a difference (in 24 reviews)

  • Here you can work knowing that everything you do is helping people (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much upper management that sometimes does not know your job function which creates problems (in 30 reviews)

  • Very long hours and senior management treat their employees with disregard (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    Gail McGovern has ruined the Red Cross

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    Former Employee - Regional Chief Executive Officer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Regional Chief Executive Officer in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The American Red Cross used to be a powerful example of the best non profit in the country.

    Cons

    Cuts, cuts, cuts, cuts, cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People matter. The country has watched Gail McGovern destroy the American Red Cross. She has ruined lives AND ruined the credibility of the country's largest humanitarian organization. There are no words to describe her lack of vision and leadership skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Chapter support specialist

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    Former Employee - Chapter Support Specialist  in  El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Chapter Support Specialist in El Paso, TX

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great sense of pride through helping provide support to those affected by disaster, wonderful coworkers, and great opportunity to do more than what is in the job description.

    Cons

    Low pay and no opportunity to advance at small chapters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit from within for Executive Directors in hard to place locations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Constant change but very rewarding work.

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    Current Employee - Regional Chief Operating Officer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Chief Operating Officer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Family oriented, pet friendly, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Low salaries, non-existent work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide adequate market compensation, celebrate successes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    American Red Cross - Blood Service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed my work very much. This was my "dream job" as working with all Departments within the organization.

    Cons

    American Red Cross – GOA “Re-engineering” of the organization in Little Rock. As a result of the “Re-engineering”, my previous position as Mobile Staff Scheduler has been moved to St. Louis Red Cross.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employees in the loop of what is going on with upcoming changes; please allow greater than 3 to 4 weeks notice to your higher educated employees and the employees who are 40 plus. Many of us take pride in our responsibilities as a member of ARC. Please consider all aspects, in order to allow other opportunities within the organization.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top Heavy Organization

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    Current Employee - Stock Inventory Clerk  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Stock Inventory Clerk in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits and paid time off for employees who have five or more years with the company. Good place to get skills for other companies. Plenty of hours if you want them.

    Cons

    Lots of managers and too little actual workers. You still have departments dwindled down to one or two actual workers then three or four layered managers. Much of the work put in by current employees goes towards paying lavish retirement pensions for past workers. Lots of red tape for simple task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Declare bankruptcy and cut your loses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK AT THIS ORGANIZATION

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A few great volunteers and middle managers, benefits

    Cons

    Some great volunteers, few at least, leadership the worst I have ever seen. All the other reviews are spot on, constant layoff's are the business model. The pay is a joke, they are bleeding money from the blood operation. The CEO is an idiot. Top layers of management only care about themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jump off a bridge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Akron, NE
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Akron, NE

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Truly care about the line of business

    Cons

    None to speak of really

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything was fine out there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I don't know how a place filled with so many nice people can have such an awful culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The amount of vacation. CEO is a fantastic public speaker.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, culture of fear, no upward mobility, review process is completely demoralizing every year, employees treated as if they have no value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off people and making them apply for their jobs back. It is a demeaning, hurtful, demoralizing charade. Just keep the people you want, put them in the positions you want, and let everyone else go. Stop promoting people to be managers who have no management skills. Or promote them and train them with management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Being a Humanitarian Organization, they don't treat their employees very humanly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, CT

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You are helping people which is the bottom line

    Cons

    Management treats you like a slug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees the way you care about the people you help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wasn't impressed with the management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Its a good place to retire

    Cons

    its a good place to retire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please understand your responsibility...the public!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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