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January 20, 2019

What is paid time off like at Memorial Blood Centers?

Pros

Work experience if you have none, good place to figure out exactly what kind of work environment you want to avoid. Free coffee.

Cons

If you get stuck working weekends, good luck getting one off. Actually the PTO policy in general was terrible. Management does not truly care about the techs or the unequal work load. Literally incapable of listening to the techs that are actually on shift doing the work, just created more stress for them. If you are a good worker more will always be expected from you while the slackers continue to get praised for doing the bare minimum. Training is an absolute joke, the veteran techs do a much better job training (while getting paid less) than the "training specialists." Upper management is overall poor and clueless. Pay isn't very competitive and they will put promotions on hold. Manager would state that they didn't have time to take a look at how much each shift is actually doing and it got to the point that techs were not allowed to voice concerns at meetings. I liked the work, but management did not make it worthwhile to stay.

Advice to Management

LISTEN to your techs and then actually follow through. The poor morale is directly due to the management. Before implementing changes, talk to the techs that do the bulk of the testing and actually use their advice. The training specialists aren't good trainers or confident testers, that system needs an overhaul. Spend much less time on projects like the positivity chain and boards, and more time actually in the lab.

Actually the PTO policy in general was terrible.

January 20, 2019

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October 4, 2018

How are career development opportunities at Memorial Blood Centers?

Pros

There are some really great people here. Some of the best people I’ve worked with You feel like you’re helping people with your work and that you’re saving lives

Cons

There’s no trust between management and techs, any talk about changing a process is quickly forgotten by management. To compound that, management doesn’t seem know how everything works in the lab yet try to make changes that will make it “better” without listening to the people who do it day in and day out. If you’re not on first shift, no one listens to you. There also is no room for advancement, I’ve watched positions open up and people who are qualified be passed over for external applicants every time. Training takes far too long because the trainers are not the people actually doing the job daily and they can’t even do the jobs they’re training for. The metrics in place to track employees are ridiculous, currently the system makes low performing workers look good due to their lowered deviation count yet workers who actually do more work end up with more deviations because they’re simply doing a higher quantity of work and have more chances to make a mistake. The pay is not competitive with jobs you can get with the requirements and the raises are paltry at best. The amount of stress involved in the job is far to high for the pay There are compliance rules that do not make any sense, there’s no need to comply to EU standards.

Advice to Management

Learn the processes, every process inside and out. Do each one on every shift to better understand what is happening where. If you manage it, you should be able to do it. Teach everyone everything, training is halted after someone is able to perform the basics and they’re often stuck doing the same thing day in and day out. If you don’t give people somewhere to grow then they will continue to leave. I have also seen people intentionally not teach others what they know so they don’t become redundant, nip that in the bud. Promote people from within, if you hire someone for a job then you should train them in all aspects of the job. Change your metrics to involve the number of samples processed, do away with worthless systems like lockouts. Pay a competitive wage, I understand it’s a non profit organization but a few dollars an hour goes a long way. The level of stress involved vs the pay isn’t proportional

There also is no room for advancement, I’ve watched positions open up and people who are qualified be passed over for external applicants every time.

October 4, 2018

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June 9, 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Memorial Blood Centers?

Pros

(2015) Great training program, structure, and resources perfect for entry level or first time healthcare experience. Patient / donor care experience. Opportunities for growth, clear paths for growth. Open communication at all levels of management. Invested in keeping responsible / experienced people, promoting from within. This job always felt meaningful, it was communicated frequently to technicians and donors the impact this service provides at the societal and individual level.

Cons

All my cons are either minor or you should just expect from most work places. Some "clutter" in requesting time off through HR or having to swap weekends, but really that just takes some getting used to. Variable shifts doesn't always equate to flexible, depends on your requests (reasonable). Personality is big depending on what team you're assigned to, I was fortunate to have been placed with a team that was a good fit for me. The managers and op leads try to place according to fit, but business is business and sometimes you go where there's an opening, I witnessed some personality conflicts when this occurred, but most everybody kept things professional despite the "tension"

Advice to Management

I really only left because phlebotomy was not for me in the long term, overall I was impressed with the management structure during the time I was there (2015). I also developed a chronic condition and the variable location of rest rooms paired with working around PPE became more challenging, but HR was ready to work with me in terms of reasonable accomdations. They seem very invested in keeping responsible people. I learned a lot that I've carried into later and now current positions.

Opportunities for growth, clear paths for growth.

June 9, 2020

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November 25, 2020

How are promotions handled at Memorial Blood Centers?

Pros

Benefits are good and decents

Cons

Promotions are not always avaiable

Advice to Management

Recruit more professionals

Promotions are not always avaiable

November 25, 2020

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February 17, 2021

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Memorial Blood Centers?

Pros

Good cause, fast past, good learning experience

Cons

Does not care for safety and health of employees.

Advice to Management

Communicate with employees and value us, we are not disposable.

Good cause, fast past, good learning experience

February 17, 2021

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