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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated June 24, 2018
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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  • "365 no work/life balance, hard to fund raise for in non disaster times" (in 75 reviews)

  • "Upper management did not support the vision of research labs" (in 107 reviews)

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  1. "Very Happy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love the people I work with, my manger, teammates, and client groups. I am apart of a big family and strongly supported. The mission of ARC is one I am very proud of. It's an honor to work here. I love the work/life balance I have working here. I could go some place else and make more money but I choose not to because of the people here and mission!

    Cons

    Some things take a long time to get a decision on and the budget restraints can be hard to over come.

    Advice to Management

    You don't have to stay within your current department to move up. There are many employees that move from department to department as long as they meet the qualification.


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful
    Knowledgeable
    Compassion
    Learned a lot

    Cons

    Slow
    Unorganized
    Disappointed
    Confusing
    No room for grow

  3. "Great Experience, Poor work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, 401k, training, PTO, Sick time

    Cons

    12 hour work days can be required multiple days a week. Every other weekend.


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross part-time

    Pros

    Well structured internship program. really nice people. They are flexible with time

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything now


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It’s a place with a mission everyone believes in, and where employees forge close bonds with each other."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lifesaving mission; sense of helping others; tight bond with colleagues; opportunity for hands-on relief work that makes a difference.

    Cons

    Competitive environment requires a great time spent on fundraising. Complex but vital program lines are often hard to explain in a soundbite. Organization’s size and history have by necessity created a somewhat lagging bureaucracy, particularly in its blood manufacturing business.

    Advice to Management

    Always seek to more deeply understand the needs and circumstances of the local units in the field and be more nimble when course-corrections are needed.


  6. "Service agent1"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Good company nice managers fun

    Cons

    Nothing at all to mention


  7. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Upland, CA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Upland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of my experience comes from 2008-2010, but I went back to volunteer for a few weeks in 2014. Overall, you feel that you really make a difference, you’re able to travel, and the schedule is very flexible.

    Cons

    Could improve training a little for new employees or new volunteers

  8. "Great organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    It's an important mission. The company is flexible with its employees, benefits are fair for the market. They are constantly improving the infrastructure

    Cons

    It's a very large organization which means some changes are slow. Pay is fair and competitive for a non-profit


  9. "You may like working here"

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    Current Employee - Technologist II, Manufacturing - QC Laboratory in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Technologist II, Manufacturing - QC Laboratory in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality control lab has superior management.
    You will have a great sense of self worth.
    You will receive an hour lunch.

    Cons

    Components lab has mandatory overtime.
    You will receive points for any day you miss, regardless of reason.
    Technology and equipment is dated.
    It may take a long time to advance, depending on the department you work in.
    The work week is only 37.5 hours at the Cleveland chapter.
    You do not have a chance to negotiate your salary.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue working hard to update our facilities and complete the market assessment to offer fair wages across the board.


  10. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and worked normal hours for a salaried employee.

    Cons

    Training and processes are inconsistent and pay is really low for job responsibilities as an hourly employee.

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve consistency on training and increase pay.


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