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Very rewarding, great people.

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Current Employee - Associate  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

I have been working at American Red Cross part-time for more than a year

Pros

Substantive work, make a difference worldwide.

Cons

Can be a lot of grunt work.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

American Red Cross Response

Feb 21, 2014Talent Acquisition Program Associate

We appreciate your review and are delighted to read that, overall, you find your work to be substantive and fulfilling. Thank you for your role in making a difference worldwide; we’re glad to have ... More

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    Good intentions; terrible, terrible organization

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    Current Employee - Disaster Services Specialist
    Current Employee - Disaster Services Specialist

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Mission is noble, and the people sometimes care and try hard (if they aren't broken by the bureaucracy and awful pay).

    Cons

    Red Cross has all of the bureaucracy and byzantine dysfunction of a major corporation, as well as all of the annoyances, pitfalls, and limitations of a generic small non-profit.

    Briefly put, major structural changes in the last five years (which were necessary, as before that the organization was simply spending itself into bankruptcy) have been sloppily executed, and as a result major miscommunication and resentment exists where before it was simply a small annoyance.
    Massive layoffs, no job security, bloated grandfathered-in executive salaries, nonexistent HR, laughably bad IT, and an overall let's-just-wing-it-and-trust-that-our-famous-brand-keeps-us-afloat makes for a terrible, terrible employee and volunteer experience.

    Below are some of the main points:
    - no investment in volunteers' training, recruitment, or recognition
    - consequently, awful, frustrated, low-quality volunteers who are just as confused as the staff
    - unrealistic hours (60/week for $25k/year? NOPE)
    - department silo-ing and infighting for funds
    - no HR. seriously, every department is expected to manage all of their volunteers and employees with no guidance from a specific HR-trained employee
    - IT that rarely works; outdated computers; slow, slow, slow response from centralized support
    - budgeting? what budgeting? just spend money and hope that donations cover it, and if they don't, a hurricane will bring in massive windfall and cover up the debt from the year before!
    - grandfathered-in higher-ups who have contracted pay increases and bloated salaries, versus temporary contractors, AmeriCorps, and new hires who get by on minimum wage (or less, when calculating hours)
    - gross disregard of grant stipulations and "stewardship of the donor dollar"
    - and of course, despite being the oldest and largest non-profit in America, completely horrendous pay, even for social work; unless, of course, you're an executive. then you take home $100k+ / year for badly running an org that happens to have a really famous brand

    Honestly, while the power of the brand has kept them afloat during years of instability, reckless spending, and corrupt management, I cannot honestly say that I believe this non-profit will either disappear or vastly diminish in size if they continue as they have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few points:
    STOP HIRING FRIENDS AND UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE.
    Get a grip.
    You are disorganized. You do not communicate with each other, with your higher-ups, or with your subordinates. Working with you is a nightmare - both interpersonally and bureaucratically.
    Try to deal with having absent supervisors, incompetent supervisors, supervisors who micro-manage and then disappear when you need approvals...Red Cross middle management is the example of how NOT to run an organization.
    You are directly contributing to the exodus of volunteers and disintegration of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    American Red Cross Response

    Apr 4, 2014Talent Acquisition Program Associate

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed review. We appreciate your praise for our Mission. It is true that our organization has recently undergone structural reorganization in response to ... More

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    Redcross review

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    family oriented staff like coworkers

    Cons

    laying off personnel now, not good for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better system for handling layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    American Red Cross Response

    Mar 18, 2014Talent Acquisition Program Associate

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear you found your job to be family friendly and that you enjoyed your coworkers.

    Because of ongoing changes in the industries we
    ... More

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