Canadian Blood Services Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Student developer (coop/intern)

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    Former Employee - Student Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services

    Pros

    friendly environment, small team of only 3-5 developers so you can take on a lot of opportunities if you are good enough. People are nice and approachable.

    Also flexible working hours.

    Nice job overall.

    Cons

    no perks, pay is not very high(but good enough for a junior intern).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Phlebotomist

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Moncton, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Moncton, NB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved my co-worker, and the work environment in the clinic. Getting to know the donors was the best part of the job. And having them becoming part of a vital need for our community.

    Cons

    Not enough hours, working 4 hours per shift was completely outrageous. Also the inconsistency of the schedule and lack of flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more flexible, and stop money pinching. People do not want to work 4 hours per shift and then need to be committed to you not having the chance to get a second job because of the inconsistency of the schedule. Work better at the schedule to make it more "regular".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Used to be a great place to work.....

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    Current Employee - Unionized in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Unionized in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people that care about what they do.

    Cons

    Schedules are in constant flux for front line staff as business needs change yearly. Management needs to value donors and staff. Management has been there for a long time and the message is stale. Same regurgitated ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Volunteering since May 2014

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I have medical lab tech and phlebotomist skill and experience. I like to help people. Canadian Blood Services is a non profit organization for help of people who are needy and sick.

    Cons

    Different type of donors. Carefully handle the blood bags and identification of every donor is the huge challenge. Don't make a mistake in identification and error on the blood bag or on sample can lead to the death of a patient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We should keep work and personal life separate. Take care of your responsibilities at home and at work. Hard work, honesty, reliability, punctuality, confidentiality.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Slow

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    Current Employee - Staffing Coordinator
    Current Employee - Staffing Coordinator

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time

    Pros

    Generous vacations and decent medical insurance

    Cons

    Cutting back budgets with virtually no training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Good employer.

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    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Employees dedicated. Benefits excellent

    Cons

    Difficulty with prioritization of change initiatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs clearer consensus between executives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good people who work to help others in need.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Generous holidays and good benefits.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for career development.
    Many groups work in silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are working for themselves and not with each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Loved working with the donors, and phlebotomists, but not management. They don't seem to care about their staff.

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    Former Employee - Phlebotomist
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Donors make you feel fulfilled and when they tell you their reasons for donating, it leaves you feeling like you are doing something that makes a real difference.

    Cons

    No work life balance, management micro manages. Seldom see main supervisor, who works from an office in a different province. No consistency, rules seem to change daily. New staff don't always get the time for proper training,and there is a LOT of training. Short staffed most of the time, no replacement staff, to call in. Everyone is part time, no full time jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more compassion to staff, think less about the dollar and more about the people involved. Look into why there is such a large staff overturn. Show appreciation, for the long hours and very hard work staff do, instead of focusing on how to cut corners to save money. You spend a lot of time and money on training new staff, and then after a few months they leave, ask yourselves why this is happening. It is a very hard work atmosphere in the front line work areas, ( phlebotomists, lab, drivers)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. not bad, but needs work if you intend to keep moral up. The RN's do not help anyone but their own. Not enough teamwork.

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    Current Employee - Clinic Assistant in North Red Deer, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Clinic Assistant in North Red Deer, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Blood Services part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    vacation time was not bad.

    Cons

    they are hiring too many part time people and not letting part time employees move to full time work if they choose. They want to have mostly part time workers, so they do not have to pay benefits.
    Hours are very inconvenient for families as hours are usually evenings, so your family eats at home alone while you are working. **Flexibility needed if worker needs a shift off that falls on a mobile clinic day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow workers to apply for full time work (if they are part time now), instead of hiring more part time workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good working environment

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    Former Employee - SAP Business Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - SAP Business Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Blood Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, good salary, good benefits, opportunities for training, etc.

    Cons

    Managers need training on the treatment of people. They are partial to some and not others. They must be trained on how to manage the limited annual increment budget equitably among their subordinates. HR does not care about employees and does not look for inconsistency between what the manager writes in the performance report and what the employees gets as increment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to train HR staff to be more human and not to assume that the Manager is always right!! Secondly, keep up to your promises to staff both current and past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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