British Red Cross Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. great Charity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British Red Cross

    Pros

    Helping those in crisis everywhere

    Cons

    cant think of any at moment

  2. Ups and downs. On the whole a lovely place to work

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

    I worked at British Red Cross

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

    Pros

    Good hours, nice staff, great holiday entitlement

    Cons

    No progression. Jobs for the boys, poor management in some areas. No support after redundancy

  3. Great organisation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, amazing mission. Great opportunities

    Cons

    Slow moving, outdated business practices

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  5. Worst experience of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Worker in Bootle, Cumbria, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Support Worker in Bootle, Cumbria, North West England, England (UK)

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Service users love you because you are a free service
    Part time hours

    Cons

    Part time hours but work more hours than you should
    Pay does not reflect hours worked
    Nepotism, clique poor managers with no qualifications
    No scope for personal development despite them insisting there is.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff
    Trainers need to be better trained.

  6. Friendly environment and great team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Blyth, North East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Blyth, North East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Volunteer role
    No pressure with targets

    Cons

    No pay
    Some challenging co workers

    Advice to Management

    Consider training for actual employment

  7. Great place to do voluntary work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Assistant - Lead Volunteer in Moreton, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Retail Assistant - Lead Volunteer in Moreton, North West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at British Red Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly company where it is easy to talk to the mangers.
    Many opportunities for personal growth.
    Encouraged to put your ideas across, they treat you like and adult
    Make friends and learn to take an interest in the local community. People are grateful for the work you do

    Cons

    Needs to work on promoting its "at home" work and less on the foreign aid
    People in high positions do not normally have operational experience & make decisions that are unpractical to apply in the field

  8. My experience is a beneficiary and worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Ambulance Crew in Crewe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Volunteer Ambulance Crew in Crewe, England (UK)

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    great training, and experience of tutors and the events we go to.

    Cons

    lots of duties not enough volunteers.....

  9. There is always something else to be done!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ambulance Crew/Volunteer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Ambulance Crew/Volunteer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training opporunities for volunteers. Especially for those going down the Event First Aid route who can now achieve an Ed Excel qualification.
    Equipment when available is always in working order and at a good level of maintenance.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as 'local policy' however areas are full of it. It's frustrating to do shifts elsewhere only to find that they do things totally differently. e.g. wearing 'Ambulance Crew' slides, there are different opinions as to who should wear them and when.
    For volunteers it can be difficult to progress as it seems to be the same faces over and over who get the opportunities.
    Frustratingly the people making decisions either don't know what they are talking about or aren't in touch with the volunteers.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure a more uniformed approach and truly get rid of 'local policy'

  10. Terrible staff management, rife with nepotism, favouritism and cliques.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at British Red Cross (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Helping the service users is the main pro for work for the BRC. Mostly, you genuinely assist people, and they are happy about it.

    Cons

    In my area (Wales), the Red Cross is plagued with awful middle management. The more senior managers are at least average, and some are excellent, but they are managing and army of various managers and leaders of different types, most of whom are average at best, and many of whom are actively destructive to recruiting volunteers, a vital part of the Red Cross' work, and one of the International Committee of the Red Cross/Crescent's core values. Managers in wales frequent recruit their friends, family, and favourites to as volunteers, and then assign them roles that others have been working hard towards for some time. The work has become more corporately driven, and the charity now seeks contracts more than it seeks opportunities to help people.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management in my area would do well to stringently assess middle management, and selectively dimiss some and retrain others. A period of close scrutiny on activities would be useful, to help pick out immoral activities.

    Assessing each manager for ties with other members, and making managers declare vested interests like this would be advantageous.

    Middle managers need to stop forming sexual relationships with lower level employees and then behaving unprofessionally as regards the handling of these members.

  11. The British Red Cross are Humanitarians

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Volunteer First Aid Instructor in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Volunteer First Aid Instructor in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at British Red Cross as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They are a group of volunteers ( which I was one of, they weren't my employer) who love to help others by using their skills in disaster relief and teaching people first aid and cpr.

    Cons

    The group is disorganized from the top which trickles down to each chapter. However, this isn't limited to just the British Red Cross I have seen this disorganization in the American Red Cross as well.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that the British Red Cross could benefit from looking at the organization as a whole more as a business with the compassion of a volunteer humanitarian organization. This can be achieved but it has to be a collective goal. I believe by doing this there would be better volunteer retention, less upheaval on a regular basis and better distribution of donations throughout.

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