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American Red Cross Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern
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  • High-pressured working environment with huge workload not offering work-life balance (in 57 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to be reined in (in 98 reviews)

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  1. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Technician in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Works with great people and managers

    Cons

    Working weekends and only having PTO.


  2. "Great Mission"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Red Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and mission to get behind.

    Cons

    Restructuring, loss of benefits and pension.


  3. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mandate and mission. Interesting organization with connection with global, regional, and national organizations.

    Cons

    Salary is not so attractive
    At times office politics can be discouraging


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unrealistic Goals"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, tight-knit team, working for a good cause

    Cons

    Chronic staff shortages destroy goodwill with communities, compensation based on unrealistic goals

    Advice to Management

    You have a morale problem and high turnover because you are trying to get more blood out of these communities than is in there-- and with too few staff.


  6. "Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    understanding and flexible management style

    Cons

    lack of pay raises and bonus


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Operations and Management Style"

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    Current Employee - Collections Specialist in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Collections Specialist in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall mission is to help people through both medical and disaster assistance.

    Cons

    Total disconnect with balance of life. Hours and work schedule unrealistic. Too much emphasis on the bottom line and not on employee satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Show you care. Be willing to adjust and take employee suggestions to heart.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Travel"

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    Current Employee - Cerified Phlebotomist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Cerified Phlebotomist in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You contribute to saving lives

    Cons

    To much travel does not consider employees needs and very overworked


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work-not any more!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of my fellow employees have been great to work with. Have made many friends

    Cons

    Management is awful.
    Bad tech support
    Company is to cheap to purchase up to date equipment


  10. "customers services, sometimes helping students in how to use Microsoft office."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is charitable organization. It try to fitting poverty status. Trying to keep community safety.

    Cons

    I do not hear something about it. But maybe people who looking for making more money, they do not find that in it.

    Advice to Management

    The advice to management is staying on what we do. It is really humanity.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Lost direction"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Red Cross full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers
    Fantastic middle management
    Good hours

    Cons

    Workload is demanding
    Layoffs
    Cutbacks to benefits
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the huge amount of senior managers. At one point you could see that between my regional department manager and the CEO there were 6 more levels of management. Stop laying off the front line workers and putting more burden on the people who are left.



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