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Humanitarian company abuses employees (blood services)

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Current Employee - Donor Recruitment Supervisor  in  Nashville, GA
Current Employee - Donor Recruitment Supervisor in Nashville, GA

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

Pros

the mission-we literally save lives

Cons

60-70 hour workweek is not only common, but expected. Hospitals depend on blood supply, but is sometimes very hard to be empathetic when you have been standing in a store parking lot for 5 hours in the rain or the snow begging people to get on the bloodmobile and donate blood. Hospital needs supercede human needs of Red Cross employees and there is absolutely no work/life balance in the Donor Recruitment and Collections departments...we work weekends, all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas, and lose vacation time (for which we are not paid) every year....altho office people have 40 hour work weeks, no weekends and can take two week vacations without worrying. The pressure is constant and employees regularly go WEEKS without one day off.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop expecting two departments to take the brunt of your needs. Market for NEW donors, incentivize current donors...SPEND MONEY instead of just expecting Donor Recruitment to pull in donors with less and less support.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for American Red Cross

  1.  

    Great group, but mixed review

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    Former Employee - Officer In Financial Development  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Officer In Financial Development in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great mission; dedicated people in financial development department.

    Cons

    Way too many changes result in disorganized execution and trying to make one size fits all results in many, many lost opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the long term and be sensitive in imposing so many changes in a blanket form on all areas of financial development. Few long term employees remain, who are key in developing donor relationships. That is such a loss to the organization and overall cost to replace key personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very rewarding experience both professional and personally.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with several different departments. Felt that I was productive and a positive contributor to the overall being of the company.

    Cons

    Displayed cliches similar to high school. Some departments were defintiely looking for "yes" people as opposed those who had a differing opinion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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