Canadian Blood Services Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Canadian Blood Services CEO Graham D. Sher
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  1. Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services

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

    Pros

    stable business, good benefits, flexible working hours, generous vacation.

    Cons

    no opportunity to move up.


  2. Saving Lives

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Logistics in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Life saving and rewarding work that is a direct result of public generosity. 100% funded by governments and is a charity.

    Cons

    They are moving to an assembly line manufacturing for profit corporation and not investing in employees.


  3. Could be amazing, but management doesn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - wonderful working with the donors - great front-line staff to work with, made some great friends - get to help people do a good thing - decent wage

    Cons

    - horrible schedules, impossible to have a life outside of work much less get another job, trying to book time off or switch schedules a nightmare - donors treated by upper CBS management as cattle, no more than a "meat sack" to get free blood product from, just a #number to them - front line staff takes all of the crap and none of the recognition for a job well done, and are treated as if they are disposable - terrible moral and high turnover - managers only show up on high profile events to "take credit" for their *cough* hard work

    Advice to Management

    - they won't listen to this, but take better care of your front-line staff! They are why your donors keep coming back to donate blood. They are the ones who deal first hand with these generous people, the ones that make the donors experience a good one, the ones that smile and hold their hands and encourage the donors. Management seems to sit blindly in their offices and make decisions without considering how it affects staff and donors, but who cares because blood donation is a business and no longer a humanitarian effort.


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  5. Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time

    Pros

    Worked at Canadian Blood Services for a few years and really enjoyed the work atmosphere and the people I worked with. Benefits were great too.

    Cons

    Found it difficult to advance my career.


  6. JM

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist (Retired) in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist (Retired) in Victoria, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services

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

    Pros

    The donors are wonderful! Each day you get to talk to new donors and donors who have become old "friends". Their stories and reasons for donating are all personal and sometime awe inspiring. The front line staff that work with donors are also fabulous to work with. Day in and day out making sure that donors are well cared for, while at the same time ensuring that they are collecting a 100% safe product for the public's use at their time of need.

    Cons

    Since the inception of CBS in 1998 the only constant has been change!!! It has been hard to keep up with all the upheavals we have had to endure over the years, not knowing one year to the next if there would be a job or what that job would look like in terms of days and hours and would it be enough to support yourself on. Managers seem to change as often as socks, which doesn't give for very good team relations.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the front end staff are your bread and butter. They are the ones that see the donors and collect the blood. They are the ones that create a relationship with the donors. We know that other aspects of the company are important, but the company fails without blood! So value your employees and your donors!!!! Listen to their comments and their suggestions. Sometimes they might be good ones!!!


  7. You

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    Current Employee - Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Donors are the very best.Not treated as best thing.

    Cons

    Managers,supervisors do not care about their staff.About the money only.Limited communication or none towards staff.Bad moral problem everywhere.No people sense whatsoever!

    Advice to Management

    Clean them all out and get new management.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Program Clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    They save people's lives. Good pay and benefits, 3 weeks vacation to start.

    Cons

    Don't seem to listen to front line staff.

    Advice to Management

    Actually take what we say and use it. Don't just say you're listening, do it. Stop wasting money on office supplies that just get tossed.


  9. Best place to work and lot to learn.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services

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

    Pros

    I'm a new Graduate Student of Medical Lab Technician . I applied many place to work but i got no reply but Canadian Blood Service give me a chance to work with them least as a volunteer and I'm learning new thinks every day.

    Cons

    Working as a volunteer. not getting a chance to do what i learn in school.

    Advice to Management

    Give new graduates chance and belive inn them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Phlebotomist Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Phlebotomist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff to work with! Donors are so nice and happy to be there

    Cons

    hours cut every year.. Be prepared to work less and less each year.

    Advice to Management

    Go spend a week in a clinic observing what front line staff do and put up with each day.


  11. Helpful (1)

    I enjoyed my job very much, and was sad to see I could not get another one ,because of one employee.

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    Former Employee - Dsr in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Former Employee - Dsr in Halifax, NS (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best things about working at CBS is the people you work with and the job it self. I enjoyed my job and the people I shared it with, I loved going out on mobiles and meeting the donors.

    Cons

    Some of the down sizes are. when some employees just don't care for you and want you out. Which happened to me.

    Advice to Management

    I think that if management gets a report from some employee about another one, they should investigate the report. Not take the one that put in the report word for it. I think that if that had been done I would be still working there at the job and company I enjoy.



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