Bonfils Blood Center

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Bonfils Blood Center Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good work experience!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bonfils Blood Center

    Pros

    In my position there was a lot of room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Some individuals were challenging, not able to embrace criticism or understand that the point of being critical was only to make the company better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to frontline staff, they are the experts.

  2.  

    The mission is right...but management is treacherous and lazy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Bonfils Blood Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are doing a job you can get behind. The donors are amazing and you feel good about what you're doing.

    Cons

    12 hr shifts = one 30 min lunch and two ten minute breaks if donor flow allows. They have no problem with not giving breaks.
    Management is fickle. They help some people and fire others without warning. Employment is only stable if you keep your head down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your little people. They are the face of your company and they represent you.
    Your donors can see the fear, hate, and discontent you spread amongst your employees. Treat your employees like they are valued.
    Maybe your upper management could give up their bonuses and pay the little people enough to at least put food on the table.
    You will get what you put into your people, all the dissatisfaction you have is of your own doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonfils Blood Center

    Pros

    Saving lives, giving back to the community

    Cons

    Very poor leadership. Angry CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pays the bills

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

    I have been working at Bonfils Blood Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, alright pay for recent graduate

    Cons

    In the past the company was really geared toward the community. Now it seems the company has a more business mindset, and very interested in making a profit and cutting costs. Upper management doesn't care about the little guys, the hours are imbalanced -its either feast or famine, the past couple years we've only had 2% raises, no bonuses. There have been a lot of unexpected firings and layoffs, so everybody is in fear of losing their job. Upper management is sketchy and untrustworthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better to your people. Let us see the rewards of affiliating with BSI - ie. Raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, stable job!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mfg Lab Tech II in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Mfg Lab Tech II in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Bonfils Blood Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great coworkers. Stability in Mfg,

    Cons

    Non-profit = below avg.pay for all the training and responsibility put on Mfg.= High turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your greatest asset are your experienced employees. Pay scale should be low for new employees and greater as years served. Get bigger pay rate jumps for years of service. This will cut down on high turnover. Undesirables will be out early. only dedicated employees will stick it out. Major savings on training and errors.. Less stress on dept supes to have to train someone for 3 months only to have them leave 1 or 2 years later. Example: 1year! ($13) 3yrs(15). 5yrs(18). 10yrs(20), 15yrs(22), 20+ should be making $25-30/hr

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, not a great company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Bonfils Blood Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the most dedicated, passionate people I've ever worked with.
    Decent pay, particularly for new grads.
    Good benefits, especially health insurance.

    Cons

    Some managers have difficult personalities.
    QA/RA department has been losing all their best employees due to mismanagement. This will hurt them in the long run.
    Loss of employees through attrition has resulted in low morale - everyone is doing 3 people's jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your appreciation of the employees more. The monthly "cake and lemonade" parties are pretty sad.
    Hire additional people for extremely overworked areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is the worst job experience of my career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Bonfils Blood Center

    Pros

    Satisfaction of helping save lives; nice breakroom facilities; nice gifts (vests, t-shirts, camp chair) once a year and some of the employees are great.

    Cons

    The cultural environment is very dysfunctional. There is constant back stabbing and finger pointing, not a team environment at all. Most mid-managers are interested only in saving their own jobs, not at all interested in or capable of coaching their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cons of working for Bonfils starts at the top and trickles down quickly. Upper management should be replaced with people competent in their field who are willing to build and coach good teams. Many employees have been there so long and are in their positions not because they are capable and good managers, but because of longevity. Everyone, particularly in management positions should be let go and required to re-apply for their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bonfils is a good place for a paycheck but that is about it.

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    Current Employee - Donor Tech in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Donor Tech in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at Bonfils Blood Center

    Pros

    Develop new skills and can take them elsewhere. Helping your community blood supply.

    Cons

    No recognition from management and constant pressure to meet unfair goals. No pay raises in years. Very low morale in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to recognize and actually compliment people rather than threaten them all of the time. Morale is so freaking low it is a shame. Flex schedule is unfair and you don't allow people to have a life. Bonfils Management is often unapproachable and incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a positive experience, proceed with caution.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technologist I (Night Shift) in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technologist I (Night Shift) in Denver, CO

    I worked at Bonfils Blood Center

    Pros

    Get to work in an industry that is positive and beneficial to the community. Dont have to have any previous industry experience to apply for basic positions. Starting pay and benefits are great to start.

    Cons

    If you dont mind getting thrown under the bus by both management and other employees its just fine. I have never been in a work place that is so cut-throat at all levels. Advancement requires an act of god. However, there are many departments and not all are run by the same people - some folks are very happy there. Burn out was excessive while I was there due to consistent mid-level management failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better mid-level managment is a must, especially in the laboratories.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bonfils...good idea....bad place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Bonfils Blood Center

    Pros

    The purpose of the Company is to provide life saving blood to the Colorado healthcare community. I chose to work here because I wanted my work to have a greater impact other than just earning a check. Parts of the laboratory favored fresh college graduates and was an good introductory workplace.

    Cons

    Constant management change, constant internal restructuring, three rounds of layoff's within two years (DTL, Warehouse, QSS staff, HR staff, VP's) There has been an incredible shift to not hire skilled medical technicians or science educated staff, management is shifting towards hiring business mindsets for laboratory work. No talent stays in management...very fast departures, mobile/collection staff, business development reps and production staff have extremely consistent and high turn over rates. Increased push on manufacturing productivity is back-breaking and demoralizing to all. Has no set tiered discpline system, and question the many of the ethical practices in regards to employee rights to complain and not be punished or treated in a hostile fashion. Company had divided into two buildings and then is in process of merging back into one, very embarrassing that layoff's had to take place due to bad financial choices by management. Watching the public flagging of our last Medical Director and company president Dr. Dickey on the news and throughout Denver media was absolutely shameful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your front line staff up through introductory supervisors are being treated poorly. The hostility from middle managers, the hawk-eye, ruthless, and tense workplace of current is unprofessional and just plain sad. Please bring back the Franklin Covey system, computer training courses, all the employee BBQ's, ZOO days, Christmas dinner, and all the $$$$$ you cut to make everything bare bones. Please seek and pay for better new hires. Please hire the right educational background for the right department. i.e. business for business development, Biology and Chemistry for the laboratory, QAS & QSS that actually have a medical device/product knowledge base and not English degrees.

    Doesn't Recommend

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