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Helpful (5)

Horrific place to work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Development in New York, NY
Current Employee - Development in New York, NY

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

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

Pros

the volunteers are dedicated to the mission

Cons

Poor Leadership - from the top down - fosters blaming, secrecy, sabotage and ego - NO TEAMWORK
Nepotism
Low Morale
Poor Benefits
No chance for advancement
Fundraisers are essentially raising money to pay pensions and get the Red Cross out of debt
Ineffective organization living off of the brand name

Advice to Management

Get rid of poor leaders and encourage new ideas and creativity - treat your employees as though they bring value or you will continue to lose talent - retaining negative and complacent workers with low morale does not bode well for your future

American Red Cross Response

May 20, 2014Talent Acquisition Program Associate

Thank you for your review; we agree that we have amazing and dedicated volunteers and employees. We are sorry to hear your comments concerning workplace environment and employee morale. The Red Cross ... More

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Run the other way

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross

    Pros

    Seeing and hearing from the people who have benefited from receiving blood products.

    Cons

    Everything else. Insane working hours (I once went an entire month without a single day off; regularly worked nights, too). No work/life balance (it's required that you still check and respond to emails while on PTO). Absolutely no management support. The Red Cross wants you to think it's a noble organization, but the blood services side is completely based off sales (the Red Cross makes money off of blood donations!). No consistency when it comes to company practices; local offices operate under the "don't ask for permission now rather forgiveness later" mentality. Completely resistant to change; no one like new ideas so no room to grow. Sales reps (Donor Recruitment reps) are bullies and get away with everything because they pass it off that they need to make goal. Of course, they are commission-based so it's not about helping others, it's about helping themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce rules consistently and for everyone. Demand respect from all levels. Don't lie to potential employees during the interview process.

    American Red Cross Response

    May 20, 2014Talent Acquisition Program Associate

    We appreciate your review, and are glad to hear you found it rewarding to interact directly with those who benefited from blood products. We are also sorry to hear your comments regarding work/life ... More

  2. Helpful (1)

    Overall Good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Telerecruiter in Pomona, CA
    Former Employee - Telerecruiter in Pomona, CA

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of training oppurtunities and movement within the company.

    Cons

    Lack of efficiency in management

    American Red Cross Response

    Mar 14, 2014Talent Acquisition Program Associate

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are thrilled to hear you found lots of opportunity for professional development. We also appreciate your concern about managerial efficiency, and will ... More

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